The Woodson-Williams-Marshall Association (WWMA) was started in 1973 by a small group of dedicated Black administrators and faculty concerned with issues faced by Black students and employees at the University of Miami.

WWMA is named in honor of three outstanding contributors to the African-American experience: Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History Month; Daniel H. Williams, the Black pioneer in the field of heart surgery; and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American appointed to the United States Supreme Court.

The organization’s efforts include the development of strategies for the recruitment and retention of Black faculty and administrators. Members of WWMA also serve as resources for Black students at the University of Miami.

WWMA sponsors several events throughout the year to promote academic excellence among students. Each spring semester WWMA sponsors academic scholarships that are awarded to students who have completed at least 60 credits and are entering their senior year at UM. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, some demonstrated leadership abilities, and participation in extracurricular activities at the University. Qualified candidates are selected by the scholarship committee, and recipients are announced at the annual scholarship event.

WWMA challenges its members to become involved and make a difference at the University of Miami.

WWMA Events

Student Success Series                            
This interactive series cosponsored by WWMA provides an opportunity for students to meet with faculty and staff who will help them in their quest to maintain a successful academic record. A variety of topics, including classroom strategies, study habits, networking, internships, etc., are discussed.  
 
WWMA Scholarship Reception
The achievements of UM students are honored at this annual WWMA and Black Alumni Society scholarship reception. Criteria for being awarded the scholarship include academic performance, community service involvement, extracurricular/leadership activities, and financial need.