Black Alumni Society

Who We Are

The University of Miami Black Alumni Society (UMBAS) is an official affiliate group of the University of Miami Alumni Association that is committed to enhancing the UM experience for African-American, African, black non-African-descent, black Caribbean and black Latin University of Miami alumni and students. UMBAS was established in 1989 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, a viable professional network, the advancement of student and alumni interests, and scholarship funding can be attributed to the efforts of the UMBAS.


  • Engage former, current, and future UM students of African descent in a network that connects them to the University and each other through effective rewarding communication, programs, and events.

  • Design and execute a comprehensive fundraising plan for the Black Alumni Society Scholarship Fund and other philanthropic initiatives.

  • Facilitate a high level of volunteerism that allows the entire UM 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.

  • Celebrate and promote the rich history of UM black alumni by building upon meaningful traditions and dynamic accomplishments.