There are many ways for you to get involved with DBAN. Volunteering for Davidson and DBAN is a valuable experience that can help the future of Davidson, its students, and you!
Every year it is a challenge to recruit black students to come to Davidson. The hardest part is making Davidson attractive to black students since it is a predominantly white school. This year, DBAN encourages each black alumnus/a to convince at least one high school student to apply to Davidson and keep in touch with that student during the process. In addition, DBAN members will have the opportunity to volunteer to contact admitted high school seniors in the spring to encourage them to enroll at Davidson.
We hope to obtain more black alumni support for admission projects. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Erwin Carter '79.
Alumni can help current students plan for their futures by helping seniors practice for professional interviews and/or creating internships in their companies when possible.
The Emerging Professionals Group, led by Vincent Benjamin '04 and Donnie Johnson '00, works to prepare black students for the challenges of people of color in corporate America through education, exposure, and empowerment in career and professional development. The group meets monthly and focuses on resume writing, corporate culture, business etiquette, and mock interviews.
For more information of the Emerging Professionals Group or to apply, please contact Donnie Johnson '00 and/or Vincent Benjamin '04.
John Adams, Director of Career Services at Davidson, would like to increase the number of black alumni who are registered in Job Trak, the computer system used by the Career Services Office that links current students to Davidson alumni in particular fields for networking purposes. The Careers Office would like to establish a specific database with opportunities for black students.
Please email the Career Services Office (or call 704-894-2132) for further information on how to be involved with career/networking programs.
Take it upon yourself to gather information about other black alumni for publication in the DBAN newsletter! We would love to hear news about you and your friends for the CLASSNOTES section of the newsletter. Please forward information via e-mail to Janet Harrell '85 or send to Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 7169, Davidson, N.C. 28035. Thank you!
Also, if you know about professional or personal accomplishments of black alumni that we might be able to publish in the Davidson Journal, please forward those ideas to Meg Kimmel '77 , Director of College Communications.
The majority of black alumni and students agree that the black student experience at Davidson differs significantly from that of other students’ experiences. Since all black alumni have shared that experience, they can help current students by serving as mentors. Mentors communicate regularly with their student(s) and form relationships from which both mentor and student can learn. Alumni can provide career advice and insight on life during and after Davidson; students can provide a link to Davidson for the alumni and keep alumni up to date on Davidson life today.
We hope to form more mentoring pairs in the future. If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor, please contact Lenny McAllister '93.
For more information on the DBAN Scholarships, please click on the following link: DBAN Scholarships