- The Afro-Am Alumni Association Minority Mentor
Program, began as a pilot program in the spring of 2001. This program
was developed to connect current Bridgewater State University students of
color with Bridgewater State University alumni of color within career
fields of interest of each student. The intention of the program is to
better prepare undergraduate students for the career planning process
and to provide them with contacts within their potential career field.
If you are interested in becoming part of this program, please complete a Mentor
Profile/Commitment Form. In addition, you may
email your resume to Shana
Murrell, director of Alumni Relations.
Anyone who is willing to share his or her expertise with
one or two of our students as they try to determine a career field is
welcomed to join the program. Your time and expertise can truly make
a difference in the lives of our students.
Mentor Program Message from President Dana
|Kente Cloth Graduation Breakfast
2000, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) started this annual
breakfast to recognize African-American, Cape Verdean and Latino students
that are graduating from Bridgewater State University.
In 2001, the Afro-American Alumni started to co-sponsor this event
with OMA. This occasion is an
opportunity to induct the graduating class into the Afro-American Alumni
Association. The graduating
class receives a Kente Cloth from OMA and then an Alumni pin from the
Afro-American Alumni. This event is in addition to Bridgewater State
University's general graduation and
is held one week before graduation in May.
Cloth is a colorful hand loomed fabric which originates from the
Ashanti people of Ghana (West Africa). Its history can be traced back to the 12th century when it is
believed that two local hunters discovered the legendary African spider (Ananse)
weaving a magnificent yellow and black web.
The intricacy of the weaving fascinated the hunters who spent days
observing and learning the art of what was to become kente weaving.
Proficient enough, they beat the bark of a "kyenkyen"
tree into fiber. These fibers gave birth to the first Kente Cloth.
Kings, Queens and important figures of state in Ghana's society
wear the cloth, during ceremonial events and special occasions.
September 2002, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) established the
first Sister Scholar Welcome Reception. The purpose for this reception was
for three reasons: (1) welcome incoming/transfer minority female students
and welcome back minority female upperclassmen to Bridgewater State
University; (2) bring together undergraduate minority females to interact
with Afro-American Alumni females and the community and (3) discuss the
issues on the Bridgewater State
University campus along with contemporary
societal issues. It's also a
way to "Reflect & Connect" with each other.
Please contact Shana Murrell,
Director of Alumni Relations at 508-531-2009 if you have questions pertaining to these programs.
Last Modified: October 5, 2011