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Swarthmore Black Alumni Network

Garnet Weekend 2016 attendees with BCC Director Dion Lewis.

Garnet Weekend 2016 attendees with Black Cultural Center Director Dion Lewis.

Founded by alumni of Swarthmore College, the mission of the Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN) is to serve, involve, engage, and inform the Swarthmore community of Black alumni to build powerful networks, promote mentoring, create initiatives, and execute programs that connect Black alumni to each other, their communities, current Black students, and to the faculty, staff, and administration of Swarthmore College.

SBAN intends to create a strong and supportive association of Black Swarthmore alumni in perpetuity to address pertinent issues and to enhance the alumni experience of each graduating class. We welcome any student, alum, family members, or community friends to join us on campus for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service, Black History Month events, or during Garnet or Alumni Weekends, as well as at regional events around the country. 

Want to be more involved? Say hello, connect with students, or host an alumni event in a city near you by filling out this form, join the SBAN Facebook Group, or contacting Clarence Johnson at

Who we are

SBAN primarily focuses on our 1,304 Black alumni, but welcomes faculty, staff, parents, and students to the community. Friends of all ethnicities are also encouraged to attend our signature on-campus events and gatherings.

SBAN is governed by a volunteer-based Executive Committee comprised of two co-chairs, an executive secretary, media and communications coordinator, fundraising and stewardship coordinator, regional connections coordinators, young alumni advisors, and emeritus founding members who serve as mentors and elders. SBAN also benefits from the advisement of the two student presidents of Swarthmore African-American Student Society (SASS) and Students Of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) who serve as student liaisons. Meet the executive committee.


SBAN is committed to extended network connections beyond Swarthmore's campus.

Learn more about recent and upcoming regional events.

SBAN Lang Internships

The Swarthmore Black Alumni Network proudly supports the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. When making your gift, please be sure to designate it towards SBAN Lang Internships. Learn more about SBAN's philanthropic initiatives.

Meet the 2019 SBAN Interns.

SBAN Intern AJ speaks at the 2018 SBAN UII Donor Luncheon

Black Liberation 1969 Archive

The Black Liberation 1969 Archive chronicles the history of the black student movement at Swarthmore, with materials gathered from the College archives, interviews, personal collections, and newspapers. The archive brings forward the experiences of the black alumni who organized and executed a series of nonviolent direct actions and negotiations which transformed Swarthmore College.

Explore the archive