Black Alumni Association

About Us

The Black Alumni Association (BAA) is dedicated to the pursuit of social empowerment by responding to the professional and personal growth of the St. John’s alumni community. Founded in 1989 by Phyllis C. Bell ’75C, ’79G, the Association also strives to promote the Vincentian mission in all of its endeavors. 


The BAA provides formal and informal meeting opportunities for alumni to address a variety of educational, professional and social needs. Additionally, the Association allows for streamlined communication between African American alumni, putting them in touch with students, faculty, and staff to further increase awareness of BAA efforts.

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Learn More About Our Black Alumni Association

Melissa Akers '04Ed, '06GEd

Damarc Barlatier '17C

Danielle Monique Belcher '05C

Alishka Long-Nelson '08TCB

Tynisa Martin '06CPS, '09G

Theresa Patterson '97SVC, '01TCB

Ritha Pierre '06C

Vivian Saunders '03CPS

This fund was established in 2002 by the Black Alumni Association in honor of Phyllis C. Bell '75C, founder of the St. John's University Black Alumni Association. It provides partial annual scholarship support to academically qualified students based on the following criteria: a) preference is given to a Black student, b) recipients are required to have a current FAFSA form on file and demonstrate financial need, and c) recipients must have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The scholarship may be renewable.

Phyllis C. Bell – Black Alumni Association Scholarship Fund

More Information
Dionne Dorsey '15G
Acting Director, Office of Donor Relations
[email protected]
Tel 718-990-2128

Black History Month

Black Heritage Month (BHM)

Celebrate with St. John's

Black History Month (also known as African American History Month) is recognized nationally, and recently internationally, as a celebration of the achievements, honors, and rich culture of Black individuals throughout history. Join us for the month of February as we look forward to hosting in-person, virtual, and hybrid events throughout the month. 

Join us for Black History Month