Villanova University Black Alumni


Villanova University Black Alumni (“VUBA”) is an affinity network that will cultivate and encourage the coming together of alumni to enhance the experiences and value of attending Villanova University for Black students and Black alumni.

Vision Statement:

Our vision is of a united and empowered Black Villanova alumni community that controls the means, and has the will, to uplift our fellow Black Villanovans for the betterment of our students, alumni and the University at large.

Fast Facts:

  • Villanova University Black Alumni (VUBA) was founded in 2015 by DeVon Jackson '00 '03
  • 22% of the Black alumni population is engaged with VUBA
  • VUBA has raised over $60,000 from 2020-2023
  • 70% of VUBA’s funding directly or indirectly supports students
  • 18 people participate on the leadership advisory team

Upcoming Events:

On Saturday, April 27, the Villanova University Black Alumni association will be hosting the Moulden Honors Awards Ceremony in recognition of Black excellence and achievement at Villanova University. Information regarding ticket purchasing can be found here


Supporting Black Villanova Students

Black students at Villanova have stated in no uncertain terms that they want, need and benefit from the presence and support of Black alumni. To students, VUBA represents the kind of community, allyship, partnership and leadership that can enhance their experiences at Villanova.

Leadership Board

Chair: Louis Mannon '97

Co-Chair/Founder: DeVon Jackson '00, '03

Communications Director: Vacant

Managing Director: Vacant

Treasurer: Vacant

Email the Leadership Board

General Assembly

Fundraising Committee: Maxine Baker- Jackson '00, '05

Culture, Advocacy and Empowerment: Calista Smith '99

Events Committee: Julie Jackson '03 and Shavon Harris '01

Student-Athlete Engagement: John Celestand '99

VUBA Ambassadors: Vacant

Student Liason: Britney Davis

Faculty and Administration Liason: Vacant

Greek Life Liaison: Vacant

VUBA Legacies: Lionel Knight  and Ted Freeman

  • VUBA raised $60,000 over the last three years.  These funds went to support student activities such as:
    • Student Book and General Scholarships
    • Riptide Productions
    • Caged Bird Productions
    • Gospel Ensemble
    • Black Student Union reading day
    • Honorariums for professional alumni speakers
  • 70% of VUBA’s funding directly or indirectly supports students
  • 30% of VUBA's funding supports alumni centered events and initiatives and organizational costs
  • Moulden Honors Awards Ceremony & Fundraiser
  • Juneteenth Day of Service
  • Black Swim Initiative
  • VUBA Mental Health and Wellness Fair
  • Community-building Homecoming gatherings
  • Student/Alumni professional networking
  • Virtual Speaker Series:
    • Creating Space in Foreign Territories: Jennifer Gilliam Jenkins '97
    • Building Your Own Startup: Cassia Trusty '20 and Taylor Washington '20
    • Professional Development with Rev. Michael Robinson
  • Nova Network training
  • Sweet Sixteen Halftime Hangout
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward panel by CASA’s Courageous Voices Series: Elliot Williams '16, DeVon Jackson '00 '03, Corie Alicia '96, Isaiah Alicia '19 '20  and Clif Porter '19
  • Virtual Professional Networking and VUBA update
  • CASA Celebration of Student Voices and Achievements
  • Justice for Black Lives: A Vigil
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Affinity networks connect Villanovans who share common industries, interests, identities and experiences with one another and today's students for continued personal and professional growth. 

Kristie Falk
Assistant Director, Affinity Engagement
Social/Experiential Networks

Priscilla Jackson
Assistant Director, Industry and Professional Networks


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