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 2014 executive body or advisory board members. Please make sure to include DBAN in your subject line.DBAN Induction Ceremony 2014

Executive Committee

Derrick Thompson '07, Co-Chair
Gerard Dash '12, Vice-Chair
Keneyá Edwards '12, Vice-Chair

Committee Co-Chairs

Membership Committee: Eddison Wilkinson '12 and Shivonia Singleton '98
Programs & Events Committee: Erica Wallace '10 and Shirley Akrasih '12
Student Relations Committee: Darren Morgan '10 and Jennifer Heath '06
Scholarship/Fundraising Committee: Charlie Shaw '01 and Kiara Boone '11

Advisory Board

Ashley Neff, Associate 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?


Derrick Thompson '07, DBAN Co-Chair
Gerard Dash '12, DBAN Vice-Chair
Keneyá Edwards '12, Vice-Chair

2013-14 Events

Friday, June 20, 2014

DBAN NYC Social Mixer
Iron Bar and Lounge
713 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11, 2014

DBAN DC Social Mixer
McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon (Loft Bar)
2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
6 - 9 p.m.

September 20, 2014

Homecoming Tailgate (Time and Date TBD)


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