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We Look to Our Past While Moving Forward

We wouldn’t be here today without our alumni’s enduring legacy and continual support. From the trailblazing first Black graduates Roy Overstreet (class of 1958) and Zelma Ballard (class of 1959) to our most recent grads who are already changing the world, such as clothing designer Michael Ferrera (class of 2004), our respected alumni remind us of where we come from and where we are excited to be headed.


Give Back

Keep the positive impact going. The power of our programs is directly dependent on alumni and community support. Our Black students have a history of graduating in numbers higher than any other group on campus. That marked success highlights just how effective our programs are to our students and how vital they are to our campus and community at large. We can keep that incredible success going with alumni support. Thank you for helping to create our legacy.

ASP - Give Back

  • Make a donation to African Student Programs

    Making a donation is convenient, essential, and appreciated beyond measure. Your support truly creates a difference by making our programs possible.

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  • Mentor our students

    Share your experience and guidance with students ready to learn. Turn your lessons learned into positive impact. Contact us for more information.

  • Provide an internship or scholarship

    Open a door for future leaders with a skill-building internship or essential scholarship. Opportunity matters.

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  • Volunteer to be a guest speaker

    You have wisdom to share and our students are listening. Speak at one of our events.

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  • Black Alumni Chapter Gala

    Preserving Black Brilliance: The UCR Black Alumni Chapter Inaugural Scholarship Gala

    Attending college and completing a degree are important academic goals for any student. However, among African American college-bound students, affordability is one major concern that can be the deciding factor in their initial college attendance, continuation, or completion. In order to ease the concern of college affordability for students at UCR, we are hosting our Inaugural Black Alumni Scholarship Gala. Proceeds will provide scholarship funding to African Student Programs and help us to establish a $25,000 Black Alumni Endowment Fund. Our goal is to raise $15,000 through Gala ticket sales, sponsorships, and donations from UCR Black Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and community stakeholders. Your contribution will help to re-establish unity and community on campus at UCR. A portion of your ticket is tax deductible. Email ucraaba@gmail.com

Alumni - Ways to Support ASP

Sankofa Alumni

The sankofabird flies forward, but looks backward, with an egg (the future) in its mouth.It teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward with success. The alumni featured here truly embody the spirit of sankofa. They have shared the wisdom of the past and as a result, truly strengthened our students' future.


ASP Alumni - Edward Bus

Edward Bush, Ph.D.

Class of 1995

Notable Fact: Dr. Bush is a leading voice for African-American achievement in education. He was a founding member of A2.M.E.N.D., a pastor and a winner of the NAACP Drum Major Award in Education. He currently serves as  president of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

ASP Alumni - Edward Bus

Michael Ferrera

Class of 2004

Notable Fact: Mr. Ferrera is the CEO of Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing. As a talented custom clothier and master tailor, he creates exceptional clothing for business professionals, athletes and entertainers.