Letter from the Chair


Earlier this year, the Black Alumni Chapter elected new leadership and established three committees – alumni outreach, student outreach and philanthropy – to support our priorities.  We have worked with our university liaison over the past several months to determine opportunities where our priority areas align with the needs of current students and OU as a whole.  There is much to do and we are excited for the future, but we need your help!

For more information about how to get involved, please contact me or any of the council members listed below.  Also, please like us on the Official Oakland University Black Alumni Facebook page.  

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you,

Sharman Davenport, CAS ‘80
Chair, Black Alumni Chapter Leadership Council

Mission and Vision

The Black Alumni Chapter is an unincorporated, non-profit, volunteer-based chapter of the Oakland University Alumni Association.

The mission of the Black Alumni Chapter is to enrich and engage the lives of African American alumni, students and friends to promote Oakland University and foster a culture that advances diversity, equity and inclusion. 

The vision of the Black Alumni Chapter is to strive to connect and build relationships among African American alumni, students and community members to advance our growing university and build a legacy which develops, supports and propels students towards achieving their full potential.

Leadership Council

 Chair  Sharman Davenport   CAS 1980
 Vice Chair  Stefen  Welch  CAS 2005
 Treasurer  Angie  Banister  SBA 1995
 Secretary  Tia  Cobb  SEHS 1989
 Immediate Past Chair  Anthony   Thornton  CAS 1976
 Members at Large   Robynn   Gamble  CAS 1987
   April  Jackson
 SEHS 1993
   Carl  Jackson  CAS 1993
   Stephanie  Lee  CAS 1993
   Razzaaq  McConner  SBA 2001
   Johnny   Ricks  CAS 2015
   Robert  Thornton  CAS 1977
   Eleanor  Reynolds  SEHS 1974
 OUAA Board Liaison  Brenda  Van Tull  SBA 1985 

University Liaisons

Glenn McIntosh, Vice President for Student Affairs
Omar Brown-el, Senior Director for the Center of Multicultural Initiatives
Erin Sudrovech, Director of Alumni Engagement

Upcoming Events

Black Alumni Chapter Summer Picnic
Saturday, August 19
Auburn Hills Civic Center Park
1 - 7 p.m. 
*Food will be provided, bring your own drinks and chairs.

Black Alumni Chapter meeting
Saturday, September 16
Heritage Room, Oakland Center
12 – 2 p.m.

Center for Multicultural Initiatives and Black Alumni Chapter Homecoming Social
Saturday, October 14
Tent Village in Parking Lot P16
1 – 4 p.m.


For more information or to get involved, contact the OUAA at (248) 364-6130 or ouaa@oakland.edu.