Black Alumni Network


Members of the Black Alumni Network smiling and linking arms


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.

Network Leadership

Headshot of Sesley Lewis, Class of 2017 and 2020

Sesley Lewis ('17, '20), Chair
Basic Needs Director, Pasadena City College

Sesley Lewis has worked within the field of education for nearly eight years. She discovered her passion for education in student affairs during her undergraduate career as a student assistant in the Division of Student Life at Cal State LA. As a student, she often helped students experiencing basic needs insecurities and championed the efforts, development, creation, and implementation of the Basic Needs Initiative campus-wide. This included the formation and opening of the Cal State LA food pantry, CalFresh Outreach program, Emergency Housing program, and many other programs related to Basic Needs. She also served as co-advisor for the Black Student Union and Halisi Steppers, mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to learn more about Sesley.


Headshot of Erick West, Class of 2016 and 2018
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.

Upcoming Events

Stay connected with us to learn of our upcoming events.

Past Events

Black Alumni Network Mixer

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Black Alumni Network Mixer
Monday, February 26, 2024 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Cal State LA Golden Eagle Ballrooms

Photos coming soon.


Black Alumni Network Mixer

Black Alumni Network Mixer held on February 16, 2023


Hosted by the Black Alumni Network:
Building Pathways for Black Alumni, Students, and Our Community in Higher Education
Presented by
Sesley Lewis ('17, '20) and Erick West ('16, '18)

Cal State LA Alumni Association Conference 2021 - People, Purpose, and Passion

Black Alumni Network Inaugural Brunch

Black Alumni Affinity Network Brunch Banner


Connect with Us

Should you want to get further involved with the network — whether it be interest in a leadership role or ideas for a future event — please contact us at [email protected] or (323) 343-2586. 

We are currently working to add more exciting activities to the calendar. To receive event updates and exclusive invitations, please be sure to join the Network using the form below!


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