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About the Association of Rice University Black Alumni

The Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) provides opportunities for Rice's black alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff to reinforce old relationships and develop new relationships with each other and with the Rice community as a whole. We strive to stimulate intellectual and social participation, encourage contributions to the university's ongoing efforts to enhance diversity and strengthen the bond of understanding between the university and its black alumni community.

ARUBA hosts multiple events and programs throughout the year, including:

  • Regional happy hours and mixers.
  • Cultural and learning opportunities.
  • Networking programs.
  • An annual homecoming event.
  • And various activities with the Black Student Association.

If you are interested in supporting ARUBA's programming by making a financial contribution, please visit and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to the "Association of Rice University Black Alumni G83007-057000" in the "Special Instructions" field of the giving form.

ARUBA needs memorabilia that showcases the rich history of Blacks at Rice involving alumni, students, faculty and staff to be displayed in the "Blacks at Rice" exhibit scheduled to begin September 8, 2018 at the African American Library at the Gregory School.  Click here to learn more about making your submission.

Volunteer Leadership

Our ARUBA board of directors hold two-year terms and meet quarterly to plan and organize functions. They are selected by a committee consisting of Rice staff members and representatives of the ARUBA community that currently serve on the board of directors for the Association of Rice Alumni. Elections for our board occur every spring, and the call for nominations include a nomination form and letters of recommendation. There are currect vacancies on the board, please let us know if you or someone you know are interested in being involved.

Chair: Monique Shankle '86
Chair-Elect: Jamila Mensah '00
Past Chair: Akilah Mance '05
Communications Chair: Kenitra Brown '07
University Relations Chair: Donald Bowers '91
Student Relations Chair: Brandon Mack '06
Alumni Relations Chair: Brandi Bridges '07
At-Large Board Members & Committee Members: Trisha Harris '97; Blaque Robinson '16; Aundrea Matthews '12, '16; Pretta VanDible Stallworth '83; April Frazier Peters '11

ARUBA Board Nomination Materials

ARUBA Nomination Form>> 

ARUBA By-Laws>>

50 Years of Black Undergraduate Life

In celebration of 50 years of black undergraduate life, Rice University, in conjunction with the Association of Rice University Black Alumni (ARUBA) and partners across campus, featured a yearlong series of events designed to reflect upon Rice's history, to celebrate cultural heritage and inclusiveness, and to foster the exchange of ideas across generations. 

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