Alumni Council
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

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 through:
  • 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.


List of 5 frequently asked questions.


Shipley recognizes it has not been immune to the persistence of systemic racism, inequities, and injustices in our society and the opportunity it has to prepare students to understand and navigate these issues by developing cultural competency and racial literacy.

Shipley’s Black Alumni Association (BAA) wants to help by providing a vehicle through which the school community can support experiences aimed at educating students about American history and culture through the lens of African-American contributions.

The BAA’s goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts and pledges in order to establish the Black Alumni Association Endowment Fund at Shipley. Once established and funded, it will 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. 

Please join in this effort by making a contribution at any level that is right for you. Thank you for your support!

DEI Committee and Affinity Groups


Get Social

Instagram: @blackshipleyalumni
Facebook: Black Shipley Alumni
E-Mail: shipleyblackalumniassociation@gmail.com

What are we reading?

  • Stamped (Remix) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Parable of the Brown Girl: The Sacred Lives of Girls of Color by Khristi Lauren Adams
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris
  • The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste
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.