Society of Black Alumni (SOBA)

The mission of the Albright College Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) is to support programs and services promoting the individual, social, cultural and academic well-being of Albright College’s black students and alumni. Our goal is to support sustainable initiatives that advance the experience of black students, alumni, faculty and staff via critical dialogue, mentoring and networking. Furthermore, the society shall be a front line resource to assist and consciously advocate for a respectful and diverse campus environment and community.

Forming committee members: Tiffenia Archie, Ph.D. ’92, Justin Armstrong ’18, Isaiah Baylor ’18, The Hon. Tonya Butler ’93, Tiffany Clayton ’08, Andre Ezeugwu ’10, Michael Reese ’86, Ebony Richardson ’13, Gus Rogers ’66, Greg Smith ’09, Reggie Walker ’95, Jemmell’z  Washington ’99, Charnita Zeigler-Johnson, Ph.D. ’92.

SOBA Leadership Proposal & Timeline:
The forming committee affirmed the following plan for rolling out a governance structure and timeline:

  • Officers Positions
    – President
    – Vice President
    – Secretary
    – 2 Student Liaisons
    – Approx. 15 Steering Committee Members
  • The Steering Committee will hold regularly scheduled meetings
  • General membership will be available to all
  • Develop Bylaws

How will leadership be determined?

  • Nominations are currently being accepted for officer and steering committee membership positions. Self-nomination and nominations by others are encouraged. Deadline for responses is August 16, 2019. Nominations will also be solicited through the SOBA Facebook Group.
  • During the week of August 19th, the SOBA forming committee will hold a meeting to discuss responses and nominations. Nominations will also be accepted from the forming committee.
  • Forming committee members will receive voting ballots on August 26th to determine officer positions. Voting will be tabulated September 2nd.
  • Any meetings after this time will be held under the new leadership structure.
  • Bylaws will be determined by the new officers and Steering Committee.

Please submit a nomination for an alumnus/a for a leadership role within the Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) HERE.  You can also provide feedback on this leadership process at the same link.