Lewis & Clark Black Alumni Association


Lewis & Clark Black Alumni Association (LCBAA) fosters excellence and community among current and future Black alumni and allies of Lewis & Clark College. Through its events and initiatives, LCBAA serves as a resource to facilitate networking to maximize the achievement of career goals for current Black students and alumni. We aim to create a robust network of Black alumni that embodies Lewis & Clark’s cornerstones of excellence, equity, community, and service. We collectively and individually aspire to:

  • Collaborate with the LC board of Alumni and the BSU to support the academic and life success of Black students at Lewis & Clark.
  • Support the success of Black alumni in their careers, community and global experiences.
  • Encourage the engagement of Black alumni in the Lewis & Clark community.
  • Support the ability of LC to provide a high-quality Diversity and Equity education to faculty and administrators.
  • Work in partnership with the College to address issues that may impact the interests and concerns of Black students
  • Serves as a resource to facilitate networking to maximize the achievement of career goals for current Black students and alumni. We invite all Black alumni and students of Lewis & Clark to join our online community to foster excellence, equity, community, and service. 

Learn more about the Black Student Union (BSU) or email them at bsu@lclark.edu. You can follow the BSU on Instagram.

Meet Lewis & Clark’s 2020 Outstanding Young Alumna Award winner Kemiyondo Coutinho ’12

Meet a Student- Latifatou Savadogo ’24

Find the Lewis & Clark Black Alumni Network on LinkedIn.


Valerie White Recognized for Sustained Dedication to Ombuds Profession

Valerie White received special recognition this month at the 50th anniversary gathering of the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds, otherwise known as Cal Caucus or CCCUO.

Student Wins Grant to Promote Mental Health in Rwanda

Rene Amani, L&C’s 2022-23 Dallaire Scholar, was awarded a Projects for Peace grant to help address the generational trauma of families in his home country of Rwanda.

Paula Hayes BS ’92 Elected New Chair of L&C’s Board of Trustees Paula Hayes BS '92

Lewis & Clark’s Board of Trustees has elected Paula Hayes BS ’92 as its next chair. Hayes, an entrepreneurial cosmetics chemist and founder and CEO of Hue Noir, has served on the Board of Trustees since 2014.

Meet the 2023 Nielson Social Change Innovation Grant Recipients

Two exceptional student innovators were each awarded 5K for project proposals that seek to create positive social change within their communities. 

Upcoming Events

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Alumni Weekend 2023. See pictures here

Black Alumni Career Panel: Career Pivots and Transitions
The Lewis & Clark Black Alumni Association (LCBAA), with the assistance of the Student Alumni Association (SAA), presents The Black Alumni Career Panel: Career Pivots and Transitions. L&C alumni panelists will explore the diverse experiences and journeys they have navigated during career shifts post L&C. This event is February 28. Find more information here

LC Travel- Discover Beautiful Jamaica, Accompanied by Kundai Chirindo, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Media Studies
Come experience the African Diaspora in the birthplace of reggae, Bob Marley, the world’s fastest sprinters, Blue Mountain coffee, Jamaican rum, and breathtaking geographic vistas. Jamaica, the tiny dot on a map that is known around the world, is the ideal place to witness the strength and creativity that have defined the Afro-diaspora. May 8-15, 2024. Find more information here

Save the Dates for Alumni Weekend 2024, June 20-23. We are looking forward to celebrating Juneteenth, an Alumni of Color Reception and more!

Find all of the Alumni and Parent Engagement events here.

Pictured below, from left to right, Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees Board Chair Paula Hayes ’92, LC’s 26th President, Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan, President of the LC Board of Alumni, Dr. Stacy Thompson ’79

Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees Board Chair Paula Hayes '92, President Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan, President, Board of Alumni,...

LCBAA Meetup on October 27, 2023, find more pictures here:

LCBAA Meet and Greet on March 3, 2023:

Lewis & Clark Black Alumni Association Dessert on October 21, 2022.

Pictures from the LCBAA Dessert Reception, held on the day of the inauguration of Dr. Robin Holmes-Sullivan as the 26th president of Lewis & Clark College. See more pictures here.