ABA Joins the Black Alumni Chapter to Welcome Students

Black Alumni Chapter and Mike Lee(Pictured, from left to right: Eric Gravenberg, interim president of the College of Alameda, Peralta Community College District; Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, associate vice president for Student Retention and Academic Success; Mike Lee, vice president for Administration and University CFO.)

Vice President/CFO Mike Lee helped welcome Sac State’s African American students to the campus at the Black Alumni Chapter (BAC) Student Welcome event on Monday, September 16, in the University Union, along with a host of representatives from divisions, auxiliaries and colleges across the University.

The event is part of the BAC Outreach and Retention Committee’s overall strategy to support the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of black students at Sacramento State. Their efforts support Sac State and system-wide initiatives to close the graduation gap for African Americans on the campus and across the CSU.

Vice President's Office staff helped coordinate catering and other arrangements and manned event tables. University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS), a unit of ABA, participated in the event’s Information Resource Fair, designed to empower students by reaching out to provide helpful resources and information. And, as in past years, ABA contributed by covering a portion of the event's catering costs.

The event is not only a source of practical and useful information for students, but an opportunity for students to connect with black alumni. These connections strengthen support for students down the road, thereby helping to improve retention rates, and cultivating future Sac State alums.

Vice President/CFO Lee supports a variety of diversity efforts both on campus and in the community, through sponsorships for multiple events and initiatives put on by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the University. More recently, ABA became a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Sacramento Branch, and intends to provide support through sponsorships. "AAUW is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls."