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Black Alumni Network

The Jacksonville University Black Alumni Network (JU BAN) is a group of Black JU alumni and allies that seek to advance and enrich the communities of Jacksonville University, the greater Jacksonville area, and beyond. The JU BAN engages JU students and alumni through scholarship, academic and career advising, community service, programming, and fostering relationships within and beyond the Jacksonville area. JU BAN exists to trailblaze for minorities and underrepresented groups to ensure a collaborative alumni network and inclusive campus experience.

 Currently in its founding phase, the Black Alumni Network is hosting a series of interest meetings, recruiting alumni volunteers, setting goals and preparing for a formal launch in October 2021.

Read the Black Alumni Network feature in WAVE Magazine Online

Get Involved

Getting involved with the Black Alumni Network is easy! Here's how:

All Black identified graduates and students who complete at least one semester of coursework at Jacksonville University are considered members of the network. There are no dues to join.

But don’t stop there! If you are interested in playing an active role within the Black Alumni Network or want to ensure you are on the mailing list, please contact Chelsea Shackelford at cshacke@ju.edu or (904) 256-7202. Also, remember to join the Facebook group for updated information about events and programs.

  • Submit an interest form to be a part of the planning committee for the Black Alumni Network. 
  • Update your alumni record to ensure your receive future communications. 
  • Submit a Class Note to let your former classmates know what you are up to. 
  • Connect with us on Facebook.

Contribute to the Black History at JU Project

Upcoming Events

Black Wealth in a Pandemic

  • Date  June 1 from 12-1 p.m.
  • Location  Virtual
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The importance of household wealth has become abundantly clear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Jacksonville University alumna Lisa James '15, FIC, CFFM, for a free webinar designed to empower alumni to build and create generational wealth.

Register for the Black Wealth in a Pandemic Lunch & Learn

Black Alumni Network Launch Celebration

Dates and details will be shared soon!

Past Events

Check out photos from our past events:

Support the Black Alumni Network Scholarship Fund

The beauty of helping students through a scholarship is that your gift will benefit students where they most need help. A scholarship can immediately impact students, giving them a chance, or a second chance, to pursue their education. And the efforts of that gift -- investing in our future leaders -- lasts a lifetime. The Black Alumni Network Scholarship fund was established in October 2019 by the generosity of an anonymous donor. 

Invest in the Black Alumni Network Scholarship Fund

About the Black Alumni Network Scholarship Fund

The Black Alumni Network Scholarship Fund supports the establishment of an endowed scholarship for Jacksonville University students who identify with the mission of the Black Alumni Network. Since reaching endowment in February of 2021, the Black Alumni Network Scholarship will be awarded to a student at Jacksonville University based on financial need in the Fall of 2022. The scholarship will be distributed to one or multiple students depending on endowment earnings.

With questions or to get involved, contact Chelsea Shackelford at cshacke@ju.edu or (904) 256-7202.