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Black Alumni Association

Saint Louis University’s Black Alumni Association fosters relationships and involvement among black alumni and minority students at SLU. Members also form connections with our black faculty and staff.

Formed in 1984, the BAA celebrates the accomplishments of SLU’s black alumni and students through fundraising, mentoring and fostering University-wide diversity outreach and awareness initiatives. Additionally, the BAA assists the University in its recruitment and retention efforts of minority students, helping to create a student population that is racially and ethnically diverse.

The Black Alumni Association hosts social, educational and networking events throughout the year.

BAA Scholarships

The Black Alumni Association supports current students via two scholarships. 

Pioneers of Inclusion Scholarship

Established in 2014 by the Black Alumni Association to mark the 70th anniversary of integration at SLU, the Pioneers of Inclusion Endowed Scholarship recognizes the strength and courage of the men and women who became the first black students at the University in 1944. The scholarship honors their legacy by supporting a high-achieving, first-generation college student from a historically underrepresented population in U.S. higher education.

Make a contribution to this scholarship to ensure its recipients’ continued success at SLU. As part of the University's Go Further scholarship matching initiative, all gifts of $100 or more will be matched dollar for dollar.

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Dr. Celerstine Briggs Johnson Book Fund  

For more than three decades, Dr. Celerstine Johnson was dedicated to enhancing educational opportunities for all students, especially those underrepresented in higher education. Her 30 years of service to SLU culminated in her role as associate vice provost for enrollment management.

The book fund is open to full-time undergraduate students in any major who are enrolled in one of the collegiate Trio Programs at Saint Louis University, are in good academic standing with the University and demonstrate a financial need. 

Funds for the Dr. Celerstine Briggs Johnson Book Fund are raised through individual gifts as well as revenue from various events. As part of the University's Go Further scholarship matching initiative, all gifts of $100 or more will be matched dollar for dollar. But any gift, regardless of the amount, will help students gain access to necessary educational tools. 

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Join the Board

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) is looking for alumni volunteers with skills in marketing and communications, planning and development, and finance to serve on its board.

If you are interested in joining, or know someone who is interested, contact Tara Houston at (314) 977-7791 or

If you are interested in making a gift, contact Tara Houston at (314) 977-7791 or

The Black Alumni Association 2019–2020 Board

Executive Board

Michael F. Jones II, Ph.D. (Ed '16)

Dr. Celerstine Johnson (A&S '84)

2019–2020 Board Members
  • Ornella Bailey (A&S '16)
  • Anthony Gills (Grad SW '17)
  • Amy Haymore (Doisy '10)
  • Michael F. Jones II (Ed '16)
  • Luella Loseille (A&S '17, Grad A&S '19)
  • Wade Mayham (A&S '86, Grad '00)
  • Donna Bess-Myers (PS '99)
  • LaVerne Robinson (PS '99, Grad '05)
  • Deanne Sleet (A&S '17)
  • Alice Stanley (Cook '74)
  • Claudia Charles (Grad Ed '16)
  • Jennifer Davis (CSB '92)
  • Samara Henry (CSB '92)
  • Denise Pearson (PS '16)
  • Kiara Webber (CSB '07)