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Erinn Dumas is a  marketing and communications professional in the Greater Washington-Metropolitan Area.

Erinn Dumas is a marketing and communications professional in the Greater Washington-Metropolitan Area.

I realized the other day that I’m more active with my graduate school (top 25 school) than I am my undergraduate school (HBCU) and I began trying to understand why this was. After much thought, I realized that it was because my graduate school was more active with the alumni than my undergrad school.

My grad school is constantly emailing me about webinar series, events, sporting activities, etc., so naturally I’m more active with them.

Do you know how many emails I receive from my undergraduate school? Zero. The only thing I ever received from them was a letter asking for donations.

As young women and as leaders, we need to take a more active approach with our HBCUs. It’s up to us to ensure that we are networking with one another, mentoring to current students, or participating in alumni events offered by our alma mater. If there aren’t any, then we need to create the opportunities. We need to take on leadership roles in the alumni groups and make change. Make sure you do your part and remain active whether it’s financially or volunteer efforts.

How are your alumni relations with your HBCU alma mater?

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