Alumni Affinity Groups

Black Alumni Association

For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.
-Amanda Gorman, National Poet Laureate
The vision of the Black Alumni Association is to create a legacy by:
    • Supporting ALL Black students and alumni
    • Increasing Black Alumni representation and engagement in Shipley activities
    • Cultivating connections between current Black students and alumni
    • Creating a network of resources for professional and social purposes

We have united to make Shipley a safer, more understanding, and more embracing place for current and future empowered Black students at the School in order to achieve the mission of diversity and inclusion.

Leadership & Membership

We are an affinity group of Black Alumni striving to recommit to our alma mater. Shipley has poured so much into each and every one of us academically and for this we will forever be grateful. We want the entire Shipley community to prioritize being knowledgeable and aware of the Black experience academically and socially. Our top priority is to engage as a community to ensure that the Black Community at Shipley feels safe, supported, and empowered.

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Support the BAA

In February 2021, the Black Alumni Association set out to raise $100,000 in order to establish the Black Alumni Association Endowment Fund at Shipley. The purpose is to provide an annual funding stream to Shipley to support curricular and cultural needs of current Black students and teachers, with a preference for activities and programs that would provide the entire school community with a diverse, African-American experience integral to a shared American experience. 
With the support of the Shipley community and the tremendous leadership of Hakiem Coles ’07, the BAA and Shipley proudly announce that the goal of $100,000 has been met and exceeded by about 30%! 

“I am ecstatic that the Black Alumni Association, in concert with Shipley, has successfully achieved our goal of establishing an endowed fund at Shipley,” says Coles. “What an opportunity it has been, as the advocate and organizer behind this initiative…The support from everyone has been ineffable. This endowment would have been impossible to attain without the support, empathy, and compassion of over 100 individuals – Shipley alumni from the 1960s and as recent as 2019, teachers (current and former), friends, and family – as well as the generosity of the Halloran Philanthropies and The Shipley School, itself. We did this together!” Coles continues, “This partnership with Shipley has confirmed that there is a generous commitment to promoting and creating everlasting, inclusive, and equitable change for their students. I think the most exciting part of this established partnership is preparing for what the future of this endowment will represent. The real work begins now.”

The Halloran Philanthropies, whose significant gift topped off the Fund, has challenged the BAA and Shipley to continue to build the Fund. Please consider joining them in supporting this effort by making a contribution at any level that is right for you. Thank you for your support!
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.