Davidson Black Alumni Network

Established in January 1988, DBAN addresses the specific concerns of, and advocates for, black students and alumni.

With more than 600 members across the country, DBAN exists to support, inspire and engage Davidson's Black students and alumni academically, professionally and socially via networks, initiatives and programs, connecting alumni and students to each other and to the Davidson College Community.


To learn more about how you can be involved with DBAN, email any of the 2013 advisory board or executive body members. Please make sure to include DBAN in your subject line.DBAN Induction Ceremony 2014

Executive Committee

Janet Stovall Harrell '85, Co-Chair
Derrick Thompson '07, Co-Chair
Gerard Dash '12, Vice-Chair

Committee Co-Chairs

Membership Committee: Victoria Jackson '12 and Joy Newsome '05
Programming/Events Committee: Keneyá Edwards '12 and Shirley Akrasih '12
Student Relations Committee: Morgan Bell '12 and Jennifer Heath '06
Scholarship/Fundraising Committee: Charlie Shaw '01 and Ashley Crawford '11

Advisory Board

Marya Howell '91, Director of Alumni Relations
Ernest Jeffries, Assistant Dean of Students

Letter from the Board

Dear DBAN family,

"We do not choose our cultures, we belong to them," said African-French poet Aimé Cesare. Although we all chose Davidson, we did not choose the culture to which we belong as a result of that choice. The Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN), however, is how we claim it and shape it.

DBAN Co-Chairs and Dean Jeffries

Welcome to the new DBAN. If you are a new member, we welcome your enthusiasm and hope you will jump in and help us make the organization as great as it can be. If you are a former member, we hope you will consider re-committing and helping us take DBAN to new heights.

Thanks so much to Tiara Henderson for her many years as president of DBAN. She is taking a well-deserved break, but she is going to stay engaged.

This year is a resuscitative one. You have selected a new Executive Committee, under a new chairperson leadership structure with a built-in succession strategy. The Executive Committee has selected membership, programs and events, student relations, and scholarship and fundraising committee chairs. And together, we are already working to build the framework for an alumni organization that you can be proud of and excited about.

But the critical element is you. Help us shape a culture that you and all those who have come before and will come after can be proud to be a part of. We're clearing the path. Won't you join us on the journey?


Janet Stovall Harrell '85, DBAN Co-Chair
Derrick Thompson '07, DBAN Co-Chair
Gerard Dash '12, DBAN Vice-Chair

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 18

Open Mic Night
Black Student Coalition at 7 p.m.
Enjoy poets, student performers, light refreshments and snacks.

Saturday, Oct. 19

DBAN Homecoming Tailgate
Baker Sports Complex Parking Lot at 10 a.m.
Join fellow alumni for food and fellowship before the 'Cats take on the Red Foxes of Marist. This is a BYOB event.

The BSC's Annual Alumni Cookout
Black Student Coalition at 4 p.m.
Join fellow alumni and students for this annual cookout following the football game.


The Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN) was formed in 1988 to enrich the communication and involvement of Black alumni with current students and the College. Much of DBAN's work is focused on enhancing the quality of life of African American students at Davidson.

DBAN annually honors African American students in good academic standing who have demonstrated distinguished service to the community in the form of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Scholarship Award.

Email us for information on DBAN scholarships, to make a gift, or to get involved with the student interview process.

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Amani Michelle Carter '16
Amani, a freshman from Bear, Delaware, is a Presidential Scholar and a member of the Davidson Pre-Law Society and the Virtuous Praise Gospel Choir. She is also a newly initiated member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Cidney Michelle Holiday '15
Cidney, a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina, is the Vice President of the Freeword Spoken Word Society and a member of the Black Student Coalition Executive Board. She extends herself to the community as a volunteer at the Ada Jenkins center and is also a newly initiated member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Cameron Rashawn Joe '14Cam Joe '14 and others DBAN Induction Ceremony 2014
Cameron, a junior from Concord, North Carolina, is the Vice President of the Davidson College Union Board. He is a varsity letterman and has served as a Summer Admission Ambassador. This student is also the President of the Pi Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc.

Past Recipients

Christi Regina Moore '15
Aminata Khadija Dumbuya '14
Kaneisha Lashay Gaston '13

Nyelle R. Barley '14
Vanessa Ann Williams '13
Jordan G. Starck '12

Adeyemi Saba Mchunguzi '13
Aria Symone' Halliday '12
Brianna Michelle Butler '11

Shirley Dakuaa Akrasih '12
Kiara Ree Boone '11
Darrell Lamont Scott '10