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!