ARUBA Executive Committee Message Regarding Founder's Memorial

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.

Give Back to ARUBA

If you are interested in supporting ARUBA's programming for the Black Alumni Community 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.

Please consider making a donation to the ARUBA Legacy Endowment Fund, which supports Black Undergraduate Life at Rice. To contribute, please visit and select "ARUBA Legacy Endowment Fund" in the "Designation" field. In celebration of 50 years of Black Undergraduate Life, the fund was established to promote diversity initiatives and substantially impact the Black community at Rice. The fund is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs under the Dean of Undergraduates and supports initiatives that further ARUBA's mission, such as:

  • Enhanced support for student organizations, study abroad programs and other student-oriented opportunities.
  • Expenses related to student internships, externships and job searches.
  • Enhanced programming to assist in retaining Black students at Rice.
  • Funding for guest faculty lecturers and speakers who will enhance learning opportunities for Black students or present culturally relevant topics.

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.

ARUBA is currently seeking nominations for leadership for the 2020-2022 term. The deadline for submitting nominations is Oct. 16, 2020.

Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. ARUBA is seeking dedicated alumni who are passionate about the organization's mission and can dedicate the time and effort necessary to fulfill their position. ARUBA leadership positions can be filled by alumni regardless of their geographic location.

Learn more about ARUBA Board responsibilities and open positions for the 2020-2022 term. Nominations for a leadership position or committee member role should be submitted via the ARUBA Nomination/Interest Form by Oct. 16, 2020.

Chair: Jamila Mensah '00
Chair-Elect: TBD
Past Chair: Monique Shankle '86

50 Years of Black Undergraduate Life

50 Years of Black Undergraduate LifeIn 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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