The Stanford National Black Alumni Association strives to unite Black alumni through our social, cultural and academic kinship. Also known as SNBAA, the organization serves both as a foundation for local chapters across the country and the keeper of the communication network among Stanford Black Alumni. No matter where you are in the world, you can join the Stanford National Black Alumni Association.
Join a Regional Club
One of the best ways to get engaged with SNBAA is by joining a Stanford Black Alumni Association (SBAA) regional club. SNBAA currently collaborates with seven regional clubs across the country and is looking to start new expansion clubs in key metro areas. The regional clubs host a variety of activities including Black Frosh Send-Off parties, Beyond the Farm community service projects, summer picnics, networking socials, and faculty discussions.
Run for an SNBAA Board Position
The Stanford National Black Alumni Association holds annual elections between October 1st and December 15th to add new members to the board. We encourage alumni from different regions, eras, and with different skill sets to apply, and we seek both grad and undergrad degree holders. Those interested in running for a board position should be a Stanford alumni (undergraduate or graduate degree) and have two years or more of post-graduation volunteer service to Stanford in any capacity. Additionally, board members are expected to participate in monthly conference calls, annual reunion planning, signature events, and other initiatives as necessary. Each board member is expected to complete a three year term.
Plan the 2017 SNBAA Summit
SNBAA hosts biennial summits ― planned for alumni, by alumni. Black alumni from across the globe, classes, schools, eras, professions and walks of life will convene in a new city every two years to network and celebrate. Past summits in NYC and Atlanta have left alumni raving about the unique cross-generational interactions, riveting discussion topics, impromptu community building initiatives and unstoppable Saturday Uj party. The next summit is April 20-23, 2017 in Chicago and will continue the legacy of creating an environment to learn, share, serve, fellowship, and have fun!
Beyond The Farm
Beyond the Farm seeks to extend Stanford’s spirit of service to communities around the world through the volunteer efforts of alumni, family and friends. Each year, a Saturday in May is dedicated for our day of service. The Stanford Black Alumni Association has taken the lead in sponsoring service projects to benefit our communities. During the past couple of years, nearly 20% of all Beyond the Farm projects have been organized by Black alumni. This is a major initiative for our organization and all alums are encouraged to organize and/or participate in a Beyond the Farm service project.
OVAL stands for Outreach Volunteer Alumni Link. OVAL members include alumni or parents of alumni, who serve as ambassadors for Stanford’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and who participate in a host of outreach activities.
OVAL utilizes dedicated volunteers to do the following:
(1) share their Stanford experiences with students; and
(2) serve as resources for students who want to learn more about Stanford, or who do not know much at all about us yet.
For most volunteers, the OVAL time commitment is about 5-15 hours per year.
Become a Stanford Volunteer
At the heart of Stanford University’s founding principles is “a desire to render the greatest possible service to mankind.” That spirit of service lives on in our alumni. Each year, more than 11,000 Stanford alumni volunteer to serve the University from the foothills to the Bay and beyond.