About

The Georgetown University Black Alumni Summit is a biennial gathering planned by and for the Black undergraduate alumni of Georgetown University. From October 20-21, 2017, we welcome Black alumni of all classes, schools, eras, professions & walks of life from across the globe back to the Hilltop to reconnect with each other and the university.

Through topical programming (panel discussions, networking and social activities), we will channel the vast and underutilized energy of Black alumni toward a heightened level of community and university stewardship.

Born a slave in 1834, Patrick F. Healy, S.J. served as president from 1873 to 1882 and is referred to as Georgetown's "second founder."

2015 Event Photos

FAQ

Q: What is the Black Alumni Summit?
A: The Georgetown University Black Alumni Summit is a biennial gathering planned by and for the Black undergraduate alumni of Georgetown University. In collaboration with the Office of Advancement, our ambition is to bring together several hundred Black alumni from across the globe to the hilltop, representing many different classes, schools, professions and walks of life, in order to reconnect with each other and with the university. Through two days of interactive programming including panel discussions, networking events, and social activities, we hope to channel the vast and underutilized energy of Georgetown's Black alumni toward a heightened level of community and university stewardship.
Q: Where and when is the event?
A: The Black Alumni Summit will be held from Friday Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 21, 2017 on campus at Georgetown.
Q: Who should attend the summit?
A: All Black undergraduate alumm should attend. All undergraduate schools and classes will be represented.
Q: Why should I attend the summit?
A: This is the only Georgetown University event specifically designed to connect Black alumni across classes, eras and schools. We tap into the powerful networks of our Black alumni to create a weekend that will forge new connections and energize existing ones, as well as draw inspiration, share information, and impact our community.
Q: How is the Black Alumni Summit different from other activities previously held for Black alums at Georgetown?
A: his is the only Georgetown University event specifically designed to connect Black alumni across classes, eras and schools. We tap into the powerful networks of our Black alumni to create a weekend that will forge new connections and energize existing ones between Black alumni and the university, as well as draw inspiration, share information, and connecting and re-connecting Black alumni with one another and with the university. During three days of programming, the summit will:
  • Engage attendees through timely and relevant topics during panel discussions with alumni and faculty experts,
  • Support alumni outreach and connections through networking and social activities, and
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of the many Black alumni who are furthering the Georgetown mission to serve as women and men for others both in their respective communities and worldwide.
Q: Are graduate alumni of Georgetown able to participate in the summit?
A: While we do appreciate the support of Black alumni from Georgetown University's graduate school programs, this year's Black Alumni Summit is primarily geared towards undergraduate alumni. However, we may revisit this question as capacity allows.
Q: May I bring a guest?
A: Yes, you may bring one adult guest to the summit
Q: With whom should I be in touch if I need special accommodations?
A: If you require special accommodations, please email GUBlackAlumniSummit@gmail.com.
Q: What does registration include?
A: Your registration includes admission to every panel throughout the weekend. Additionally, it includes breakfast, lunch and heavy hors d'oeuvres on Friday, and breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and the celebration dinner on Saturday.
Q: Should I still attend if I wasn't very connected to the Black community while I was in school, or if I've been disconnected from the university since graduation?
A: Of course! One of the overarching goals of the summit is to reconnect alumni who may not have seen one another in years. It is also a great opportunity to grow your network and make new Hoya connections worldwide.
Q: Who is organizing the event?
A: Tammee Thompson (C’91), Eric Woods (B’91) and a committee of Black alumni are organizing the Black Alumni Summit in partnership with the university.
Q: Is there parking available on campus?
A: A limited number of daily parking spaces are available in the Southwest Garage and can be accessed via the Canal Road entrance. The daily rate is $20. All daily passes expire at 6:00 a.m. the following day, except weekends.
Q: What is the dress code for the summit?
A: The dress code is business casual.
Q: How do I sign up for updates on future events?
A: Join our mailing list and keep your contact information updated here, and follow us on Twitter at @HoyaBAS and Facebook on the Hoya Black Alumni Summit page.
Q: What if I have a question that's not listed here?
A: Please email us at GUBlackAlumniSummit@gmail.com.

The Black Student Alliance was started in 1968. According to the club's constitution, it was formed for the purpose of "reinstilling in ourselves pride which has systematically been driven out of our ancestors and of educating both ourselves and members of the Georgetown University community." At the time, only 40 Black students attended Georgetown.

Have a question or want to be involved in the planning? Email GUBlackAlumniSummit@gmail.com.