Wagner alumni have a long history of helping each other — and of giving a boost to those coming up after them. That history has written two new chapters in the last couple of years.
The Black Professional Alliance, officially launched just last year, is the alumni partner of the Black Student Union, successor to the Nubian Student Union and Black Concern.
The role of the Black Professional Alliance is twofold: It brings together Black graduates and professionals to network with one another, and it makes those connections available to Black students preparing for their transition to graduate school and careers.
The BPA’s kickoff event, a panel discussion at September’s Virtual Homecoming, drew 37 participants from the alumni, student and campus communities. Another event is being planned for the spring.
OutWagner, Wagner College’s first LGBTQIA+ alumni group, kicked off with a New York Pride Brunch in June 2019. It functions as a networking and support organization for LGBTQIA+ and allied alumni, and extends that support to Wagner students.
Last summer, OutWagner held a virtual trivia night event for its 2020 Pride Celebration, with 42 people representing the full range of the Wagner community. A virtual networking event in the fall brought together 26 participants, and more programs are in store for 2021.
To become a part of the Black Professional Alliance or OutWagner, email firstname.lastname@example.org