Celebrating Black generosity and a love of humanity
Arizona State University would not be the place it is today without the generosity of Black donors. Their work, past and present, has impacted countless lives and continues to do so. This year, ASU is participating in Black Philanthropy Month to honor their impact.
Although Black people are often depicted as recipients of aid and not as agents of change, Black households are a leading force in giving that uplifts communities. Black Philanthropy Month was founded in 2011 to correct these misrepresentations, celebrating Black generosity and promoting equity in funding. Today, Black Philanthropy Month reaches 19 million people across 60 countries.
This August, we invite you to join us as we honor those who have given their time, talent and treasure to our communities and elevate the funds that support Black students, faculty and programs across ASU. We hope you enjoy hearing from the donors and leaders who have left their mark at ASU and beyond.
Shayla Cole serves as president of the ASU Black Alumni chapter. She discusses community engagement, the importance of scholarships and the rewards of organizing while raising a family.
LaToya Grigler works as a counselor at ASU and donates her talent to the Black African Coalition outside of work hours. She describes the various ways to give and offers insight to those who’d like to get involved.
“I saw that a lot of people were in pain, including myself, and I really wanted to take the small role that I have in leadership and to use that as a platform to help people get the support that they needed.”
– Kissa Powell, Success Coach Lead, EdPlus Success Coaching Center
Black changemakers from across ASU
From leadership to research, Black alumni, donors, faculty and staff are finding new ways to leverage their excellence and support their communities.
LIFT: ASU's commitment to Black students, faculty and staff
When the unrest of 2020 refocused a national conversation on racism, people from across our community came together to identify and address the ways in which ASU was falling short of its Charter. This work eventually resulted in the LIFT initiative, a series of 25 actions to support Black students, faculty and staff at ASU.
ASU alumna excels as a champion for diversity, inclusion.
Even as a child, Malissia Clinton knew that she wanted to be a lawyer. “I’ve never not wanted to be a lawyer,” said Clinton. “From my first memory it was something that I wanted to do.” . . .
ASU Law establishes endowment for trailblazing black judge
Cecil Patterson is used to being a trailblazer: He was the first black judge appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court, the first black lawyer in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the state’s first black appeals court judge. . . .
Cronkite professor honored for diversity and media research
Sharon Bramlett-Solomon has devoted more than three decades to researching diversity and media issues, including the workplace environment and experiences of journalists of color in the news industry. . . .
ASU alumna creates resource to find Black-owned galleries
While working in Washington, D.C., April Hobby was surrounded by impressive museum art galleries like the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art. She wanted to see what else was out there — especially Black-owned art galleries — but wasn’t sure where to start. Now, she’s helping others find these galleries. . . .
Caribbean dance expert joins School of Music, Dance and Theatre faculty
Dance educator Shola K. Roberts will be joining the dance faculty in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. Roberts is an international award-winning professional dancer, educator, choreographer and fitness instructor from Brooklyn, New York. A proud Grenadian American, she will bring her expertise in Caribbean dance and culture to ASU. . . .
Juneteenth celebration to highlight Black history, excellence
Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the anniversary of the June 19, 1865, announcement from a Union Army general proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas. It’s much more personal than that, however, for Jessica Salow, Arizona State University’s assistant archivist of Black Collections. . . .
Funds that make a difference
This curated list highlights funds that support the excellence of Black students, the work of Black faculty and the influence of programs that strengthen our communities.
African American Men of ASU
This fund supports the African American Men of ASU organization as it works to empower African American men attending ASU through the cultivation of art, culture and community.
African American Studies
This fund supports the African American Studies program within the School of Social Transformation in its mission to elevate cultural, artistic, historical, political and economic research.
African and African American Studies Book Scholarship
This scholarship works to ensure that full-time undergraduate students in the African and African American Studies program can access the materials they need throughout their education.
African and African American Studies Student Resource Center
This fund provides resources to students as they study the culture, arts, history, politics and economics of African Americans, Africans and the African Diaspora at large.
ASU Black African Coalition Student Scholar Fund
This scholarship supports students actively involved in the ASU Black African Coalition, which seeks to amplify Black voices and unify students of African descent.
ASU Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship
The ASU Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship helps offset the cost of books, tuition and fees for Black students entering the first year at Arizona State University.
Black Business Student Association
This account supports the W. P. Carey Black Business Students Association and its core values of providing students with a sense of community while advancing their careers.
Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
This fund supports the Black Graduate Student Association and advances Black graduates with opportunities for scholarships, development opportunities, mentorship and a safe, inclusive space for all graduates of color.
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy
This fund helps facilitate powerfully informed dialogues and transformative scholarship about issues related to race and democracy that directly support our Arizona State University students.
Cloves Campbell, Sr. Endowment for the Study of Race and Democracy
The Cloves Campbell, Sr. Endowment for the Study of Race and Democracy supports students studying ethnicity and race, justice studies, civil and human rights, and African and African American studies.
Honorable Cecil B. Patterson, Jr. Scholarship Endowment
This endowment nurtures the next generation of transformative lawyers by supporting outstanding Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students from underrepresented groups.
Leanor Boulin Johnson African and African American Studies Founder’s Award Scholarship Endowment
The Leanor Boulin Johnson African and African American Studies Founder’s Award Scholarship Endowment supports rising full-time seniors currently enrolled in African and African American studies.
National Society of Black Engineers
This fund supports the National Society of Black Engineers at ASU in its mission to help Black engineers excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Scholarship/Fellowship Account for African American Studies
This account provides scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate students in the African and African American Studies program within the School of Social Transformation.
By the numbers
Black individuals and institutions have long been underappreciated in discussions of philanthropy. It’s time to set the record straight.
Black households give
more of their income than white households.
of Black households donate to organizations and causes.
Black households give
to charity annually.
of ASU undergraduate students received some level of financial assistance in fall 2020.
ASU students received scholarships funded by donors last year.
in scholarships funded by donors awarded to ASU students.
Source: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
“Through volunteer service, leadership positions, financial donations and more, Black donors have invested their time, talent and treasure in the ASU community. Their work, past and present, has improved countless lives.”
-- Gretchen E. Buhlig, Chief Executive Officer, ASU Foundation