Members of the CU-Boulder Black Alumni Association

Club President: Obinna Onyeali (Comm’09)
Staff Liaison: Hailee Koehler

The Black Alumni Association Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to the culture, education, and history of the Black or African American community and who assist in the achievement of a diverse student body. 


Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Greetings! I am excited to be representing the CU Boulder Black Alumni Association Affinity Group. We hope you will remain a prideful member of the CU Buff Family and take full advantage of the great cultural, academic and athletic programs and events that the Alumni Association sponsors. We know that there are countless success stories out there that could be shared. As an alumnus your stories provide the opportunity to inspire current students, who can hear your journey and all that you have gone through, how you have been triumphant, and continue to excel. As alumni, many of us can look back through our educational journey and identify important people or mentors who helped us make our educational goals a reality. I encourage you to take full advantage of the association’s programs to interact with new CU-Boulder connections, stay in touch with classmates and continue to keep your networks to the university.

If you have suggestions for alumni events in your area or ideas for improving communication, please let me know! We do want to hear your thoughts and suggestions. We want you to feel that this is your Alumni Association and we aim to make it amazing! I hope to see you at one or more of the alumni events held each year and especially at Homecoming and Reunion Weekends.

Go Buffs!

Obinna Onyeali (Comm ’09)
Co-President, Black Alumni Association

As our club continues to grow, we will be expanding our Board. If you are interested in participating, please email us at

  • Co-President Obinna Onyeali (Comm’09)
  • Co-President Anthea Johnson Rooen (Comm'92)

  • To support the participation of African-Americans in University life
  • To promote the educational success of current African-American students
  • To provide scholarships to encourage African-American students to attend and graduate from the University of Colorado
  • To recognize achievement among African-American alumni
  • To ensure an avenue for continued  African-American Alumni networking and involvement in the Front Range Community

During the fall of 1988 with the assistance of the CU-Boulder Alumni Association, a group of graduates came together for the purpose of beginning an association. The Black Alumni Organization, as it was initially called, wanted to assist the university in its recruitment and retention for Black students, faculty and staff, to raise monies for scholarships and other financial aid, and to increase the involvement of Black alumni on the campus. In the spring of 1989, when the formal organization — the CU-Boulder Black Alumni Association — was chartered, these same goals and missions were adopted.

The Black Alumni Association celebrates commencement with graduating students each spring. Click here to view photos from the 2013 event and here for the 2012 celebration. 

Black Alumni Graduation