Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN) Events

SBAN Garnet Weekend attendees Jaky Joseph, Keith Benjamin, Sharon Brown, and Director Dion Lewis

Alumni, parents, and current students are invited to join the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network for opportunities to connect with campus partners, engage in thought-provoking programming, and network amongst community members during Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct.6–8. If you have questions, please contact Caitlin Halloran Edwards (challor2@swarthmore.edu). Registration is open through Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Friday, Oct. 6

10 a.m.–noon Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility Open House

Visitors are invited to speak with students, meet staff members, and tour the building. Be inspired by how our students, faculty, staff, and community colleagues are shaping a more just and compassionate world! 

Thanks to generous contributions from Swarthmore Black Alumni Network members in 2016, SBAN was able to support five Urban Inequality and Incarceration Legal Interns under the leadership of Professor Keith Reeves '88.  

2:30–4 p.m. Black Cultural Center Open House

All are welcome to join Director Dion Lewis, Dean Jason Rivera, and Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development T. Shá Duncan Smith for light refreshments at the BCC. If you're unable to join us at this time, please stop by the Women's Resource Center Open House (Friday 7–9 p.m.) or the Intercultural Center Open House (Saturday Noon–2 p.m.). 

5–6:30 p.m. President's Reception

Science Center - Eldridge Commons

All are invited to join President Valerie Smith and members of the Dean's Office for a warm welcome and light refreshments.

Saturday, Oct. 7

11 a.m. Black Cultural Center 50th Anniversary Visioning

Keith Room, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Join Director of the BCC Dion Lewis in preparing for the Black Cultural Center's 50th Anniversary. Share stories of your relationship with Robinson House, and help brainstorm programming to commemorate 50 years at Swarthmore College.

There is limited time to discuss all the items on the agenda, so the conversation will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Optional: Garnet Weekend Picnic on the Beach

Parrish Beach

Join us for a lunch on Parrish Beach! Advance tickets may be purchased during registration.

1:30–2:30 p.m. McCabe Lecture with Paul Young '92 

Pearson-Hall Theatre, Lang Performing Arts Center

"An Urgent Case for Laughter"

Paul Young '92, the prolific, Emmy-winning producer behind the iconic comedy, Key & Peele, will make the counter-intuitive case that the first step in healing the political divide in our country and on college campuses is learning to laugh at ourselves.

3:15–4:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: Diversity in Media, sponsored by the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN)

Science Center 199 - Cunniff Hall

Join the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network alumni as they share their experiences with the changing scope of diversity within their fields of journalism, film, theater, and the performing arts.

4:30–5:30 p.m. SBAN Business Meeting

Science Center 199 - Cuniff Hall

Get caught up on SBAN current events and business, including meeting the new Executive Committe members, learning more about our initiatives with the Lang Center, and talking about upcoming events. 

7–8 p.m. BCC/SBAN Networking Event

Robinson House (Black Cultural Center)

The Black Cultural Center (BCC) and SBAN will sponsor a networking reception at the BCC. This event is designed to give current students the opportunity to discuss graduate studies, professional work, and overall life after Swarthmore with alumni. Parents and families are welcome. Attendees from a range of careers will be there to network. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and while not required, please register in advance.

Alumni, parents, and students are encouraged to stay after the networking for an informal and fun dance party! SBAN will be playing tunes until 11 p.m.