UI Black Alumni

Iowa black alumni association

Our Mission

The Iowa Black Alumni Association promotes the general mission and purposes of the University of Iowa and strives to acknowledge and recognize black students and alumni for their achievements and service, while promoting their career and educational opportunites and enhancing the social and economic conditions of prospective, current, and former black students of the University of Iowa.

Iowa Black Alumni Association Scholarship

IBAA is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the 2018-19 Scholarship Program. A one thousand dollar ($1000) scholarship will be awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year to a qualified student (sophomore through graduate school) who is currently enrolled full time at the University of Iowa and who will be enrolled full time during the next academic year.

Download the application.

IBAA - Board of Directors

Claranne Perkins, Chair
Bloomington, IL
1990 PhD
Tyna Price, Secretary
Iowa City, IA
1979 BA

Billie Townsend
, 1st Vice Chair
Iowa City, IA
1995 MA
Kimberly Lacy, Treasurer
Chicago, IL
1987 BA

IBAA History

A group of Iowa alumni and friends gathered at an informal picnic in 1963 at the Rockford, Illinois, in the home of the late McKinley "Deacon" Davis. The socializing, renewing of friendships, and the reliving of the "good ole" school days at the University in Iowa City during the early 50s was so meaningful and enjoyable that the group agreed to organize on a more formal basis and become the Iowa Black Alumni Association (IBAA).

The IBAA has grown from an original group of about 10 couples to an active membership of more than 300. Attending the University is the one thing most of our members have in common, especially during the era of the 50s, 60s, and early 70s, when our similar experiences at a prestigious university kept us rather close-knit and together. Over the years, friends have also recognized the special relationships and unique character our group has developed and joined us in our efforts. Friends of Iowa alums are a vital part of our success.

Our own pride and commitment has kept us functioning together over the years for the purpose of assisting the university in any way that we can, so it can continue to provide quality services to all students. Our Hall of Honor and yearly scholarship fund are two major projects supported by the University of Iowa Alumni Association, the University of Iowa Foundation, and the UI administration. During the early 90s, IBAA operated a concession stand at every Iowa home football game to support our scholarship program—just one example of how affiliate groups can cooperate with the communiversity and the many fine people who make it great.

Iowa black alumni network

Our Mission

The Iowa Black Alumni Network (IBAN) was founded to connect African American alumni with each other and current students. IBAN provides networking opportunities for alumni across the decades and a way for alumni to support current students' social, educational, and professional growth. Members will receive e-newsletter updates and will be invited to participate in regional events and reunions.

To stay up-to-date with IBAN and it’s members, join the Iowa Black Alumni Network Facebook group.