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History of the Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc.

In the spirit of the predecessor organization (Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance) which was founded in 1989, the organization was relaunched in 2001 by several Alumni on the New Brunswick campus when it hosted its first annual Family and Friends day during the Homecoming weekend. The event provided Alumni the opportunity to network and attend Homecoming festivities for which many never experienced while students at Rutgers. The event became the soundboard and vehicle for Alumni to reconnect with one another and more importantly, the Rutgers community. Throughout the years, RAAA, Inc. continues to have an ever increasing presence on campus as a means to enhance relationships with both the student body and the University.

Incorporated in 2006, Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is an association of African-American, Afro-Caribbean and African Alumni encompassing all of Rutgers University's undergraduate and graduate schools. RAAA Inc., an all volunteer organization, operates independent of the University to support educational programming, cultural awareness and is primarily dependent upon membership dues, corporate and private donations to fund all programs and events.

RAAA, Inc. strives to foster and enhance unity amongst Alumni, students, faculty and staff of African ancestry via our programming and active participation in the lives of our students. It is our goal to harness the potential of our Alumni network as we aim to be the voice of our constituents to affect positive change at Rutgers University and the community at large. It is our obligation as Alumni to support, encourage and develop our students while providing them with opportunities that may or may not have been afforded to us as we continue to highlight and celebrate the contributions of our fellow Alumni.

Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Founder Members: Maryke Alburg RC86, Wayne Bradley CC74, Bobby Coney GSNB85, Anthony Culpper, Jr. LC85, Alfred Edmond, Jr. RC83, Kelvin Evans RC84, Charles Gray LC70, Jerome Harris RC69, Yvette Murry RC88, Arthur Nisbeth RC88, Gina Nisbeth RC88, Rhonda Pope RC83, Octavious Reid III LC86, J.C. Williams DC84, Kimberly Williams RC88; Karen McGruder RC92 and Arrigo Rogers RC92 as Student Founders.

Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. Founder Members: Marilyn Coleman COE94, Anthony Culpepper, Jr. LC85, Kendall Hall RC88, Juanita Lewis RC87, Ida McIntyre RC89

As an all inclusive organization, RAAA, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, handicap, source of income, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran.

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