Friday, Aug. 9

4:30 p.m.

  • Check in and refreshments 

5:15 p.m.-6 p.m.

  • Diversity updates: Menah Pratt-Clarke, vice president for strategic affairs and vice provost for inclusion and diversity    

6:15-7:15p.m.    

  • Workshop with alumna Jennifer Tardy, career consultant with #CareerSuccess LLC. Tardy will present on networking skills and creating an elevator speech, particularly for surprise opportunities. 

7:15-8:15 p.m.    

  • Interactive Roundtable

8:15-9:30 p.m. 

  • Closing Reception with Company Conversations

10 p.m.    

  • Alumni Social

Saturday, Aug. 10    

7:30- 8:15 a.m. 

  • Registration and Breakfast

8:15-8:45 a.m.    

  • Student Opportunity Achievement Resources: Natasha Saunders, director    

8:45-9:15 a.m.    

  • Student Success Center: Current Black Student Retention and Initiatives with Ginai Seabron

9:15-9:45 a.m.

  • Cultural and Community Centers Retention Insights, Strategies, and Goals with Yolanda Avent, senior director    

9:45-10:15 a.m.    

  • Mentoring and Black Student Retention: Hokie Mentorship Connect with Joy Capers, Career and Professional Development director

10:15-10:45 a.m.

  • In Their Own Words: Retention from the Student Perspective with a student panel (undergraduate and graduate, plus an athlete’s perspective)    

10:45 a.m.-Noon

  • Workshop: Developing Alumni Programs to Build Community and Enhance Student Retention with Darlene Floyd, Horizons Management and Training Consultants, LLC president

Noon-1:15 p.m.    

  • Lunch 

12:15-12:30 p.m.    

  • Lunch with special guest: Diversity Alumni Recruitment Team Shyrah Kum, Office of Admissions National Capital Region assistant director

12:30-1 p.m.   

  • Lunch with special guest Matt Brandon, chief advancement office for inclusion and diversity   

1:15-5 p.m.

  • Workshop continued: Developing Alumni Programs to Build Community and Enhance Student Retention with Darlene Floyd, Horizons Management and Training Consultants, LLC president

8:30 p.m. 

  • Black Alumni Reunion Kickoff