Organization of Black Alumni

The Organization of Black Alumni is an established alumni identity and affinity group whose mission is to unite, empower, connect, and highlight Wayne State's Black alumni. Together, we make a positive impact on participants, prospective and current students, the university, and the greater Detroit community. 

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Interest Form

Complete our interest form to connect with a tight-knit group of like-minded Black alumni and allies who are committed to moving the needle forward. OBA community representatives are aligned with opportunities to learn, lead, network, mentor, volunteer, socialize and receive recognition.

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Welcome Guide

OBA Welcome Packet

OBA Spotlight: Marcus Cunningham

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Congratulations to Marcus Cunningham ‘24, this year's recipient of the Wayne State Alumni Association Howard A. Donnelly Award. Chosen recipients are considered to have made outstanding contributions to Wayne State University in the areas of leadership and service while maintaining high scholarship during their undergraduate studies. These student awards convey the highest esteem and distinction. The Howard A. Donnelly Award was established in 1927 at the request of Donnelly, a longtime WSU supporter. Cunningham earned a bachelor's in nursing from the College of Nursing.

Save the date: Homecoming

Black Alumni Homecoming Weekend

Oct. 25-26

Reconnect with old friends, reminisce about cherished memories, and celebrate the spirit of our alma mater at the Organization of Black Alumni (OBA) and the National Pan-Hellenic Council Black Alumni Homecoming Weekend. Whether you graduated recently or decades ago, your presence will make our Homecoming festivities truly special.

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How WSU preserves and promotes Black history

Wayne State’s archives have for many years been an abundant storehouse for Black historical narratives.

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Nursing graduate finds passion for research and pathway to PhD after pivoting to BSN program

College of Nursing graduate and research assistant Dillon L. Glenn said his interest in nursing began with an appreciation for human interaction.

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First-generation Wayne State student earns MSW to pursue career path helping children

“When I spoke to my family about returning to school to receive my master’s degree, they were proud, elated, and supportive! I chose Wayne State’s School of Social Work because it is close to my hometown..."

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Nursing graduate and National Guard soldier relies on passion and persistence to build impactful career

College of Nursing graduate and United States Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jutona Hightower said becoming a nurse always felt like it's what she was meant to do.

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In September 1989, a reunion gathering of African American alumni evolved into a vision and plan to develop the organization. The founding members celebrated OBA's official induction into the Wayne State University Alumni Association as an affiliate under the unified membership program on October 5, 1992, making OBA the second non-college, alumni constituent group. The organization has served alumni by hosting major annual events, offering mentorship programs, honoring distinguished alumni with the prestigious OBA Achievement Award, and co-sponsoring the African American Graduation Celebration.

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