Black Alumni of SMU

Where Black Alumni across all academic programs have the opportunity to connect, network and be a part of cultivating the next generation of Mustangs. Together we can ensure that SMU is a welcoming community for all. Email us your contact information to receive Black Alumni of SMU updates.



Attend events

Join us for professional networking, social and cultural events.

We hope to see you at our annual signature event the Black Excellence Ball. Along with the Association of Black Students, we bring together fellow alumni, students, staff, faculty, parents and friends. The evening is a tribute to Black leaders throughout SMU’s history and honors one or more deserving student scholarship recipients, recognizes exceptional students and celebrates the annual Black Alumni of SMU History Maker Award winner. 


Fund scholarship

Black students make up 14% of 18 to 24-year-olds enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program but represent just 9% of bachelor’s degrees obtained by young adults.

While 62% of white students finish their degree within six years of initial enrollment, only 38% of Black students finish college in the same timeframe. Economics play a key factor.

In 2011, we established the Black Alumni Scholarship to help change this. Each year we work with the Association of Black Students (ABS) to award scholarships to deserving upperclassmen as they enter the final stretch of completing their SMU degrees.



Be a volunteer

Apply here to become part of the Black Alumni of SMU Board.

Want to nominate an alum for membership? Click here.

Become a mentor. The Black Alumni of SMU Mentorship Program provides a platform for sharing your expertise and experience with students. SMU Alumni Relations and Engagement, the Hegi Family Career Development Center and the Office of Social Change and Intercultural Engagement are working together to create rewarding opportunities for alumni and student participants. Click here for information about becoming a mentor. Students who wish to participate as a mentee in the program can click here for more information. 

Get involved

Mentorship Volunteer Facebook

Interested in having a mentor? Submit an application.

2023/2024 Black Alumni of SMU Board

We serve the SMU Black alumni community and seek to cultivate a more positive experience for students of color at SMU. To learn more about our involvement with the Black Unity Forum and its social justice initiatives, click here.

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Black Alumni Board Members

Ashantis Houston

Ashantis Houston ’05


Ashley White

Ashley White ’06

Past Chair

Rickie Clinton-Wright ’77
Member at large
Sarah Davenport ’17
Member at large
Frenchaire Gardner ’02
Member at large
Jarrell Hamilton ’09
Member at large
Dom Haskett ’21
Member at large
Jasmine Hunt ’13
Member at large
Patrick Jones ’20
Member at large
Monica Knight ’13
Member at large
KC Nlemchi ’15
Member at large
Chad Pendarves ’19
Member at large
Alexandrea Roland ’19
Member at large