The Cal State LA Black Alumni Network was founded in 2018 to grow, sustain, and promote a thriving community of black students at Cal State LA, a premier comprehensive public university in Los Angeles. It is the energy, hard work, and passion of our students that inspires us to support and mentor our future alumni. As alumni, we value supporting students in higher education to continue with their personal and professional development. The Black Alumni Network exists to establish formal provisions to create opportunities that elevate our community through increased visibility, constructive programming, charitable initiatives, and fostered connections.
We are proud of your success and thank you for your support.
Sesley Lewis ('17, '20), Chair
Basic Needs Senior Manager, University of California, Riverside
Erick West ('16, '18), Co-Chair
Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education Leadership Policy Studies, Howard University
Erick West is a professional scholar, social justice advocate, and former college athlete. Currently, as a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University, Mr. West is passionate about promoting equity and ethnic representation within the higher education system. With aspirations to become a University President, his research at Howard focuses on holistic education for student-athletes. He is an active member of AERA where he has done presentations about his work on Black male teachers and teacher prep programs. During his academic career at Cal State LA, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, he was an active member of the Black Student Union, Housing and Residence Life, and Men’s Track and Field. Click here to learn more about Erick.
Building Pathways for Black Alumni, Students, and Our Community in Higher Education
Presented by Sesley Lewis (17, '20) and Erick West ('16, '18)
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Have an idea for a networking mixer, workshop, or seminar? Learn more about the network and how to get involved by emailing us at [email protected].