Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN) Events

President Smith and alumni gather

Alumni, parents, and current students are invited to join the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network for thought-provoking programming, networking, and further development of this affinity group on Saturday, Oct. 29. If you have questions, please contact Caitlin Halloran Edwards (challor2@swarthmore.edu).

Register for SBAN, and other Garnet Weekend activities, by Friday, Oct. 21.


8:30–9:45 a.m. Swarthmore Black Alumni Network Welcome Reception, co-sponsored by the Lang Center and Alumni & Parent Engagement

Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Join fellow members of the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility for a light breakfast and an introduction to Lang Center initiatives.

10–11:45 a.m. Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN) panel: “Social Justice and Activism in the 21st Century”

Science Center, Cuniff Hall (Room 199)

A panel discussion on the state of today's social justice movements, how they've differed from past social movements, opportunities for activism in the corporate space, and rethinking how individuals can be involved and bridge the gap given modern day constraints.

Noon–1:15 p.m. SBAN Luncheon Meeting

Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall

Get caught up on SBAN current events and business. First-time SBAN members are welcome.

Please note, due to increasing demand, a small fee for a provided lunch is required with pre-registration. Space is limited, so please register by Oct. 21.

1:30–2:30 p.m. McCabe Lecture with Patrick Awuah ’89

Pearson-Hall Theatre, Lang Performing Arts Center

“The Liberal Arts and the Future of Africa”

This year’s lecturer is alumnus Patrick Awuah Jr. '89, whose story is equal parts inspiring and amazing. Awuah arrived at Swarthmore in 1985 from the West African nation of Ghana with $50 in his pocket and an openness to explore all the possibilities life offered. After graduating, he began a promising career at Microsoft. Six years into it, he started wondering about his purpose in life, a quest that ultimately led to his founding of the liberal arts institution Ashesi University in his native country. He considers Ashesi “an expression of the essence of Swarthmore College.”

Awuah’s lecture will address the challenges and opportunities Africa faces—and why Awuah has come to believe more strongly than ever that a liberal education is fundamentally important to Africa’s future.

3:30–4:30 p.m. Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN), co-hosted by the Black Cultural Center (BCC) and President Smith

Robinson House (Black Cultural Center)

President Valerie Smith and BCC Director Dion Lewis welcome you back to the Robinson House for light refreshments, a few words on the current activities of the BCC, and brief remarks from the President.

4:30–7 p.m. Optional: Garnet Weekend Picnic Dinner

Parrish Beach

Join the Swarthmore community for this Garnet Weekend tradition. Advance tickets are $16 and should be purchased during registration.