PRESIDENT's CORNER

Greetings Fellow Black Spartans!

 

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our website. Please know what a distinct honor it is to serve as your president – especially as the year 2020 marks the 40th year for our vital organization of the African-American alumni of Michigan State University. I’m sure you agree that the very best way to commemorate four decades existence is to continue to carry out the ideals that our founding members envisioned when they took the innovative step to establish MSUBA. 

 

As I review our founding documents and speak with the founding members, I am impressed by their initial goals: to support students, staff, and fellow alumni by creating a space for united action while operating in the spirit of harmony. I wholeheartedly believe that we are carrying out their dream today. 

 

This continuity of purpose was made possible by the sacrifices and hard work put in by the past presidents, as well as by the current and past members of the MSU Black Alumni Inc. Board of Directors. I am thankful to them all for their commitment and for sharing their gifts, talents, and resources. I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve alongside many of them, witnessing their passion for scholarship, service, philanthropy, and advocacy – and I thank them each for their service.

 

I would also like to thank the other stakeholders who have contributed to our mission. These include all of our donors, sponsors and contributors. Thank you also to all of the local chapter presidents and to all of the members of local chapters for positively impacting your communities while operating under the MSUBA banner. 

 

“When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion” ~ Ethiopian Proverb

 

As the united voice of Black alumni, over the years MSUBA has supported students with scholarship dollars, advocated for Black faculty, programs and staff, and addressed issues of concern that have distressed our community and made national news. 

 

As we plan for the future of an MSUBA that will continue to support the aspirations of current members and attract new members of all ages, we do so knowing that our plans and actions must uplift, advocate for and support current MSU students. If we each give of ourselves - in united action – we will continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

 

In addition to campus-based action, we encourage you to continuing demonstrating the power of Black Spartans by working in your respective communities. There is joy in being engaged with and connected to local MSUBA chapters as well as to our national organization. Let's keep it moving together. 

 

Imagine the united power of those committed to alumni engagement, board of director engagement, student engagement and faculty/staff engagement! Now, please, do whatever you can to contribute your energy to this cause.

 

If you have questions about connecting with a local chapter please email membership@msuba.org for more information. If you have any questions or comments please submit a contact form. If you would like to contact me directly, please email president@msuba.org as I would be happy to hear from you. 

 

Thank you for visiting our website, stay engaged and check back periodically for additional updates. 

 

 

In true Spartan Love,

 

Shondra L. Marshall, PhD

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