ASU Black Alumni


The mission of the Arizona State University Black Alumni  is to facilitate an all-inclusive network among ASU alumni, students, and faculty to advance the interests and needs of our community. We participate in acts of volunteerism and kindness, recognize achievements from alumni and other African Americans in the community, promote retention and recruitment of Arizona State University students, and in doing so create awareness and leadership.

Who We Are

The Arizona State University Black Alumni (ASUBA) is an official affiliate group of the  Arizona State University Alumni Association that is committed to enhancing the ASU experience for African-American, African, black non-African-descent, black Caribbean and black Latin Arizona State University Alumni Association and students. ASUBA was established in 2008 by a group of dedicated alumni who identified a need to continue nurturing the success of the black community within and beyond the University. Several educational forums, being visible in the community, a professional network, the advancement of student and alumni interests, and scholarship funding can be attributed to the efforts of the ASUBA .


Facilitate a high level of volunteerism that allows the entire ASU family and the community-at-large continue to benefit from a diversity of interests, talents, and backgrounds.
Encourage investment in and support for the University in its successful pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Engage former, current, and future ASU students in a network that connects them to the University and each other through effective rewarding events.
Design and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan for the Black Alumni Society Scholarship Fund and other humanitarian initiatives.
Building upon meaningful traditions and dynamic accomplishments.


Quick ASUBA Facts

  • ASUBA was established September 2008 founded by Kimberlee (Elliott) Avant, Class of 2000.
  • Inaugural Board Members: Kimberlee (Elliott) Avant, Regis Crawford, Marques Elliott, and Steven Schaeffer
  • Inaugural Chairs: Anthony McDonald and Vernetra Young

Want to Get Involved?
We're looking for alumni who are interested in getting involved in a leadership role with the chapter. If you are interested in helping to plan upcoming events and continue the growth and success of our chapter, please email us at

Assist Our Scholarship Fund
We all remember what it was like to struggle in college! Whether you graduated in 1950 or 2015, you understand tuition, books and fees can add up. Something as small as $50 will help our students in school. Please make an online donation to the ASUBA.

*Your donation may be considered a charitable contribution. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions. Funds will be deposited with the ASU Black Alumni Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association.


Past events




Jackie Robinson Day with the Arizona Diamondbacks

On April 22, we celebrated Jackie Robinson Day with the Arizona Diamondbacks! The official Major League Baseball event pays tribute to the day of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut. We enjoyed unlimited ballpark food and watched the Diamondbacks take on the Pittsburg Pirates from our own private lounge. This yearly tradition is great fun for the whole family! 


ASU Cares

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and March Mobile Food Pantry, sponsored by St. Mary’s Food Bank.


Chapter Leader & Contact

Shayla Cole



Co-President, Shayla Cole '09
Social Media, Kenja Hassan
Secretary, Neosha Stanfield '14
Treasurer, Ignatius Jackson '06
Past President, Khala Stanfield '04
President Emeritus/Advisor, Jason Haile '05

Online Toolkit

Everything you need to know about starting or running an official ASU Alumni group!

Online Tool Kit