2020 NBCAF Legacy of Leaders Alumni President of the Year

Congratulations Shirley J. Williams-Kane, Dillard University National Alumni Association National President, is the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation’s 2020 Alumni President of the Year. Since graduating from Dillard University in 1997 with her Bachelors of Arts in History, Shirley’s passion has been advocating for and promoting attendance and graduation from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, especially her alma mater, Dillard University.

Shirley consistently stresses the pipeline of creating an engaged alumni starts with alumni engagement before and during their tenure at the University. In the past, she has personally garnered over 1,000 applications for acceptance into Dillard University. For those students who attend Dillard, she maintains a personal relationship with and ensures they are connected with alumni events.

Her passion for the development of alumni is shown in her willingness to go above and beyond even driving more than two hours to visit a recent high school graduate who has decided to attend Dillard University but is nervous about leaving home amid the global pandemic.

Also, under her leadership, the Association continued the tradition of donating $2,000 to the Dillard University Pre-Alumni Council. This donation supports the Pre-Alumni Council’s activities with the United Negro College Fund Pre-Alumni Conference.

Shirley understands student scholarship needs, especially since a significant portion of our student population is Pell-eligible. The Association and its chapters have donated over $37,000 in this fiscal year to either the DUNAA Endowed Scholarship, Chapter specific endowed and non-endowed scholarships, the Student Assistance for Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) Fund and chapter book scholarships given directly to students. One chapter is currently developing a new non-endowed scholarship to assist students in their area.

Shirley has personally recruited ten new members to the Association this year and has fostered the re-activation of two chapters and the creation of a new chapter. She has profoundly impacted the lives of all she has come into contact with.  She inspires the youth to attend Dillard University or other Historically Black Colleges. She encourages recent college graduates that she mentors to join their own college’s national alumni association.

Shirley emphasizes the importance of providing information to alumni on the importance of active membership in the Association and effective alumni involvement with pre-alumni. Under her leadership, the Association held its first Fall Conference, with over 50 registered attendees, that featured alumni presentations and discussions with Dillard University Pre-Alumni Council, the University President, and other University officials. This ensured that alumni were receiving a well-rounded point of view of how alumni can be involved.  Shirley secured pre-alumni volunteers to ensure dialogue was had between alumni and pre-alumni. Many attendees utilized the information from the conference to ensure their chapters were more involved in the development of pre-alumni to alumni.

For more information about the 2019 Fall National Conference, please click here.

Congratulations National President Shirley J. Williams-Kane for being recognized as the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame 2020 Legacy of Leaders Alumni President.

And, THANK YOU for your service to the Dillard University National Alumni Association and our Fair Dillard!

2020 NBCAF Legacy of Leaders Small Alumni Chapter of Year

Congratulations to the Dillard University National Alumni Association Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter for being recognized as the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame 2020 Legacy of Leaders Small Alumni Chapter!

For the past five decades, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Alumni chapter has been the place where a group of distinguished alums have come together to perform a magnitude of works for their alma mater and the community at large. The story of how each alumnus arrived in the DC area is unique, but all members share an unyielding passion to exemplify the mission of Dillard University. Small, but mighty, the Chapter boasts a diverse membership with 25 members. The executive board alone includes members from the classes of 1982 to 2013.

Likewise, three members of the Chapter currently serve on the executive board of the Dillard University National Alumni Association and two others recently served.

Also, four Chapter members were honored by Dillard University via its alumni awards in 2020.

During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Chapter was pleased to continue its yearly tradition of donating to the University via its Fannie N. Ridgeway Endowed Housing Scholarship and the Student Assistance for Emergencies (S.A.F.E.) Fund. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chapter donated $10,000. The Chapter raised the money through efforts that included its 16th Annual Scholarship Jazz Brunch, and the 7th Annual Washington DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance Run/Walk.

In addition to fundraising, the Chapter develops the pipeline for its future alumni. The Chapter hosted its annual Summer Send Off for incoming Freshman and continuing students. The Chapter’s High School Recruitment Committee attended 4 high school recruitment events over the last year and due to their efforts, at least eight students will enroll at Dillard for the Fall 2020 semester. This is no small fete for at least 5 HBCUs within driving distance of the Washington, DC Metro area. 

For the Class of 2020 graduates from the Washington, DC metro area, the chapter honored them with individual posts on social media and hosted a watch party for the virtual degree conferral held on May 9, 2020.

The Chapter is also supportive of the collective HBCU community via membership in the United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Washington Inter Alumni Council (WIAC) and the DC Metro HBCU Alumni Alliance. The Chapter had attendees at the UNCF 2020 A Mind Is.. Gala, the UNCF/WIAC Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, the Alliance’s HBCU Alumni Black-Tie Gala and the Alliance’s DC Metro HBCU 5k Run/2k Walk.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chapter was planning a 3rd Annual Mardi Gras/Masquerade Ball with the Xavier University of Louisiana alumni chapter. This event has been postponed to 2021.

Chapter members, under the leadership of the executive board, have already hit the ground running considering the current pandemic. The Chapter has gone virtual with meetings and events. The Chapter has hosted a Movie Night, its annual Summer Send Off, a trivia night, and its chapter meeting, all virtually.

Congratulations Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter for being recognized as the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame 2020 Legacy of Leaders Small Alumni Chapter.

And, THANK YOU for your service to the Dillard University National Alumni Association and our Fair Dillard!

For more information on Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Alumni Chapter, click here.

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – Atlanta

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Class Year:

1995

Major/Minor:

English

Chapter Name:

Atlanta

DUNAA Life Member

How long have you been a chapter president? 

4 Years

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became a chapter president because of my desire to create awareness for Dillard University in the Metro Atlanta Area.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

I have so many favorite moments…I guess my most memorable moment was presenting a certificate to a 100 year old alumnae of Dillard/Straight University at her birthday party. And she was able to tell stories of her days at Dillard University and how she met her husband on campus.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

Fair Dillard Forever means sharing DU History, Culture and Experience through our generations and generations to come. Keeping the spirit of the Dillard University Bleu Devils a live is how Fair Dillard Forever continues to thrive.

Professional Background

20 Years -UUA Printing, CEO, Director of Marketing

10 Radio Marketing/Sales /Promotions – Clear Channel Radio

Strategic Sales & Relationship Development

Certified Marketing Professional

Project Management Specialist

Awards and Recognitions

2019 Woman in Business Awardee

2019 Ada Green Recruitment Awardee, DUNAA-Atlanta

2020-17 PRESIDENT Dillard University National Alumni Association – Atlanta & VICE PRESIDENT Dillard University National Alumni Association – Atlanta

2018-16 BOARD MEMBER Campbell Athletics Booster Club, Smyrna, GA VICE PRESIDENT Campbell Middle School PTA, Smyrna, GA

2017 Ada Green Recruitment Award, DUNAA-Atlanta

2015 HONORARY RECIPIENT Mayor’s Education Award for Community Dedication & Service City of Smyrna

2010 HONORARY RECIPIENT Martin Luther King’s Humanitarian Award City of Smyrna

2006 HONOREE DHL Business Partner Atlanta, GA

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – Jackson (Magnolia)

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Class Year:

2009

Major/Minor:

Biology/Chemistry

Chapter Name:

Jackson (Magnolia)

How long have you been a chapter president? 

10 Months

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became a chapter president to give me another opportunity to serve Dillard.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

The Past President’s Send-Off gave me a chance to meet and interact with new Dillard students. This opportunity illuminated what it means to be an alumni and deepens my commitment on my Presidential journey.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

Fair Dillard is a place that fosters a rich heritage and legacy of black excellence. Every student deserves to be around professionals that look like them and know that they are among great achievers. This continually inspires me to achieve success.

Professional Background

Medical Data Analysis/ Researcher/ Preventative Health Data Analysis Specialist

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – Washington, DC Metro

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Class Year:

1982

Major/Minor:

Business Administration / Accounting

Chapter Name:

Washington, D.C. Metro

Click here for the Chapter’s Facebook Page

DUNAA Life Member (You should be too.)

How long have you been a chapter president? 

1 Year

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became a chapter president to continue the work started before me and be of service to all of the #mydu alumni in the DC Metro area. I want to build and grow our membership locally with attention on our young alumni as well as create a channel for our children to know about ‘Fair Dillard.’ I will enhance our social media presence, develop partnerships with other HBCU organizations, and continue our generous giving to our beloved Dillard University.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

I’ve had many fabulous, funny and fantastic moments because of the diversity and personality of the members in this chapter. I am proud that the chapter raised funds and gave $10,000 to our Alma Mater in 2020 for the first time.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

Dillard is in my DNA and is an integral part of my life and who I am. The relationships I have developed over the years with other alums is ‘forever’, my commitment to the Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is ‘forever’ and my love and loyalty for #mydu is ‘forever’.  Forever guide Alma Mater.

Professional Background

I was employed by three (IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin) fortune 500 companies in various capacities. My career took a non-traditional path by choice. I moved around the country, lived in six states and endured two corporate mergers. The first part of my career was in the accounting and finance arena. The last half of my career developed in Information Technology (IT) working with financial systems. I retired June 28, 2019 after 38 years of service.

Awards and Recognitions: During my career I’ve received various awards, large and small including monetary.  There is no way I could remember them all even if I wanted to. I will say that being recognized and honored with the President and CEO Volunteer Service Award several times was a highlight. The award is given each year to employees who have donated at least 100 hours of their time to non-profit organizations.

Fun Fact: The women from the class of 1982 are featured in Ebony Magazines August 1982 special edition entitled  “The Black Woman of the 80’s”.  It is an honor to stand with some of the most amazing, powerful and gifted women I know and proud to call them my DU sisters.

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15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – Dallas/Ft. Worth

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Class Year:

1978

Major/Minor:

Biology Pre-Med

Chapter Name:

Dallas/Ft. Worth

Click here for the Chapter’s Website

DUNAA Life Member

How long have you been a chapter president? 

2 Years

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became chapter president to continue our chapter’s legacy of recruiting qualified students, assist the university with raising funds for scholarships and the SAFE fund, and fulfill my mission of increasing our presence in our local communities by performing community services.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

As chapter president my favorite moments are attending college fairs and talking to students and parents about our fair Dillard. The greatest memory was when a parent of one of my recruits said her daughter decided to attend Dillard because of my recruiting techniques, positive attitude, and honesty. I absolutely enjoy awarding scholarships during our summer sendoff.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

For me, it is a call for all alumni to take pride in the great accomplishments of our university and her Alumni past, present and future. It is a call for us to promote, support and stand in solidarity for progress, recruiting and fundraising. It means forming a bridge between the University staff, faculty, student body and alumni for the sole purpose is making sure that Dillard University is branded to last Forever.

Professional Background

In 1981, I was the first black woman in Dallas, Texas hired by IBM’s (International Business Machines) Field Engineering Division to service mainframe computers for several fortune 500 clients in the Dallas Texas Metroplex area. I received a master certificate in project management from George Washington University, Washington, DC.

In the span of my 36-year career, I have worked in Germany, France, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, the US including Wall Street. I have worked with clients from varies countries while managing multi-million-dollar transition and transformation programs.

Currently I am working as a long-term STEM substitute teacher in the Dallas Texas Independent School District since 2016. I also spent time volunteering at Seagoville, Texas Federal Prison assisting the men that are within one year of release, with interviewing skills and the proper way to complete employment applications. I really enjoy tutoring 2nd graders and middle school male students in reading and math.

I hold the following professional certifications:
ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library),
PMP (Project Management Institute-inactive),
Sr. Certified Project Manager (IBM)

Awards & Recognitions: IBM:100% Club, Quarter Century Club, Field Engineering Service Operations Employee of the Year, 2-time Recipient of the IBM Means Service Award, and inducted into the IBM Technical Leadership Council.
DUNAA: 2017 Service Recognition Award
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC Beta Epsilon 2018 Hidden Figure Award

 

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – Memphis

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Class Year:

2017

Major/Minor:

Urban Studies and Public Policy

Chapter Name:

Memphis

How long have you been a chapter president? 

One year

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became a chapter president to connect with incoming freshmen as well as Dillard Alumni that come to Memphis.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

My favorite memory was during the summer send off last year.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

Fair Dillard Forever to me means a commitment to the place that helped mold me into the educator I am today.

Professional Background

After graduation, I entered graduate school to earn my Masters degree in Teaching. During this time, I began teaching 2nd through 5th grade Reading, Writing, and Math. After completing my Masters, I was selected to become a Teacher Mentor for my school as well as a member of the Instructional Leadership Team.

Awards and Recognitions: 2020 UNCF Most Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Dillard University Most Outstanding Honors Program Student, and Dillard University Brainfood Member of the Year 2013-2014

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – New Orleans

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Class Year:

1984

Major/Minor:

Business Management

Chapter Name:

(Greater) New Orleans

How long have you been a chapter president? 

1.5 years

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became a chapter president to provide stability and continue the momentum created by the elected officials and membership. Lastly, I wanted to grow membership and establish relationship with students.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

The chapter partnered with the Dillard University Student Government Association for a voter registration drive.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

Fair Dillard Forever means having the opportunity to be an ambassador for the University, representing our brand, and establishing and maintaining communication with parents, students, and alumni. Ultimately, continuous support of the University and its student body.

Professional Background

25 yrs – Restaurant Management
20 yrs – Real Estate Industry
22 yrs – Navy Military (Retired)
14 yrs – Department of Defense (current)

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – San Antonio

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Class Year:

2004

Major/Minor:

Mass Communications/ English

Chapter Name:

San Antonio

How long have you been a chapter president? 

Two years

Why did you become a chapter president?

I became a chapter president because the chapter felt I could lead the charge effectively. One of our chapter goals is to get more students from the San Antonio area, to attend Dillard. As a former high school counselor, I am able to use my knowledge and skills to achieve our chapter goals.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

My favorite alumni moment was attending the 2020 South Texas HBCU Fair. It was so awesome to have students genuinely know about Dillard, and they were interested in obtaining more information.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

Fair Dillard means so much to me! I’m always reminded of the life lessons and friendships. When I came to Dillard, I was a naive, 18 year old ready to conquer the world. I left Dillard as an educated woman, ready to enter the workforce.

Professional Background

After graduating Dillard in 2004, I entered the workforce in the higher and secondary education sector. While working, I received a Master’s degree from St. Edward’s University in 2009. Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and retired from secondary education. Although I have retired, I still try my best to ensure that underrepresented minority students have the opportunity to go to college.

15 Days of DUNAA Chapter Excellence – Los Angeles

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Class Year:

1985

Major/Minor:

Psychology & English

Chapter Name:

Los Angeles

Click here for the Chapter’s Facebook Page

How long have you been a chapter president? 

6 months

Why did you become a chapter president?

After serving as the chapter’s Recording Secretary for several years, I was nominated for President. My desire for attaining this role was to lead the organization in furthering its goals, which includes (i) reactivating its 501(c) 3 non-profit status, (ii) continuing to engage in fundraisers to provide annual scholarships to students, (iii) accepting donations, (iv) increase membership, (v) obtain parent involvement, and (vi) to liaise with current the students.

What is your favorite alumni moment/memory since becoming a chapter president?

Reactivating the chapter’s non-profit status.

What does Fair Dillard Forever mean to you?

To me, Fair Dillard Forever means (i) that I will always be eternally grateful for the excellent education I received & the no-nonsense professors that provided tough love (which assisted me in doing well in law school), (ii) the ultimate feeling of a family away from home, and (iii) the comfort I found in the gleaming white and spacious green throughout my years of living on campus.

Professional Background

I am a Chief Compliance Officer in the Healthcare Industry. Prior to working in Healthcare, I worked in the Entertainment Industry for Tribune Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music Group. Received the Presidential Leadership Award; a US Patent (provided by the U.S. Trademark & Patent Office); and was in Who’s Who Among American Law Students.