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Organization of Black Alumni honors SSW alumna Alice G. Thompson
Wayne State University's Organization of Black Alumni (OBA) will honor School of Social Work alumna Alice G. Thompson, CEO, Black Family Development Inc. (BFDI), among outstanding African-American alumni achievers at the organization’s 12th Annual Achievement Awards Banquet on Nov. 2.
Thompson, of Detroit, earned her bachelor and master of social work degrees from Wayne State's School of Social Work, where she served as president of the student chapter of the Detroit Association of Black Social Workers. In 1992, she received the Alumna of the Year Award from the School of Social Work. In addition, she served as adjunct professor for 10 years at the school and is now a member of its Board of Visitors.
Since assuming the leadership role at BFDI in 1994, Thompson has expanded the organization’s programs to encompass a comprehensive continuum of family and youth services. The mission of BFDI, which is based in Detroit, is to strengthen and preserve African-American families. BFDI promotes wholesome family life, self-sufficiency, and human growth and development by implementing a full range of social work and social support services with a focus on African Americans and other families experiencing social and emotional problems. Under Thompson's leadership, BFDI’s collaborative relationships have been expanded to include a broad array of community-based organizations, as well as public and private institutions. BFDI was established by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers in 1978.
Thompson is very active in professional, community and faith-based organizations. Among her many civic activities, she serves as board president of Hope Academy; board secretary/treasurer of New Detroit, Inc.; treasurer of Communities in Schools; a member of Detroit Public Schools Transition Team; a member of Governor’s Task Force on Children’s Justice; president of the Detroit School of Arts LSCO (Local
(School Community Organization), and co-chair of the Detroit School of Arts’ Opening Gala.
The OBA reception and dinner at Seldom Blues restaurant will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the awards program at 7:30 p.m. Since 1993, the annual OBA Achievement Awards event has recognized the outstanding accomplishments of African-American alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional and community service endeavors. Alumni from all academic disciplines have been recognized with this prestigious award.