UCSD Alumni


Black Alumni Council

Network with Black Alumni, Students, Staff and Faculty

About Us:
UC San Diego’s Black Alumni Council is an affinity group organized under UC San Diego Alumni, the university’s alumni association. Our mission is to positively and proactively represent UC San Diego’s black alumni and to foster a sense of community and connection amongst alumni and current students. We foster community through professional development and networking opportunities, philanthropy, and social gatherings.


Chair:     Ed Spriggs, ‘70
Committee Chairs:

Alumni Engagement:
  Fnann Keflezighi '11
Black Alumni Scholarship Fund
  Manuelita Brown, M.A. ‘76
BAC Alumni Mentoring Coordinator

Jan Fisher, '76


Get Involved!
We're always looking for new volunteers to participate in council activities. If you would like to attend a meeting or learn more please contact us; we would love to hear from you!

Contact Us
Black Alumni Council | UC San Diego Alumni
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0083

Staff Liaison:

Zarah A. Idos
Alumni Board Operations Specialist
(858) 822.5345 | zidos@ucsd.edu

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Annual Events


Black History Month
UC San Diego celebrates Black History Month every February with speakers, exhibits, performances, films, workshops and concerts. Learn more at blackhistorymonth.ucsd.edu.


Black Alumni and Friends Social Hour
At Alumni Weekend, revisit, rediscover and reconnect with fellow alumni and friends and learn how black alums are at the forefront of real change at UC San Diego.

Black Graduation Recognition Ceremony
Celebrate and welcome the newest graduates to our alumni community during this annual rite of passage.


Alumni-Student Mixer
An opportunity for black alumni and students to be introduced to each other and to network in a social space.

Scholarship and Diversity

The Black Alumni Council is committed to increasing the diversity through higher enrollments of black students at UC San Diego. To achieve this goal, larger scholarships will need to be offered to a greater number of admitted, but not-yet-committed, applicants. We have established the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund to address this.

Alumni and friends interested in supporting this diversity initiative are welcomed to make a gift to The San Diego Foundation for the UCSD Black Alumni Scholarship Fund. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made in the form of cash, credit card, appreciated stock and/or real estate.
  • BASF Arts & Humanities (4157) Give Now
  • BASF Engineering, Math or Science (4158) Give Now

How to Give

You can give directly to the UC San Diego Black Alumni Scholarship Fund and related funds to support UC San Diego Black students at the San Diego Foundation. Or you can start a similar donor-advised fund that will impact the lives of Black students, faculty and staff at UC San Diego. Please contact Danielle Valenciano, The San Diego Foundation Director of Scholarships at (619) 235-2300 or daniellev@sdfoundation.org.

If you have questions about supporting the Black Academic Excellence Initiative, contact UC San Diego Director of Development John Duca at (858) 534-8305 or jduca@ucsd.edu.