Carnegie Mellon University

Black History Month 2021

Carnegie Mellon and the CMU Alumni Association is committed to highlighting CMU's exceptional Black alumni, students, faculty and staff throughout the year. Each year, Black History Month provides us with a special opportunity to recognize, acknowledge and elevate their professional and academic excellence.

Alumni Spotlight: Antwayn Hopper, actor

ahopper_400x400_ua-21-168.png"I have a love affair with that school. And I pass it on. I have mentored 13 students, primarily of color, at [the annual senior] showcase and I keep track of them. I’m proud to say all 13 have appeared on Broadway and signed with agents I suggested."


Faculty Dialogue: The Past, Present and Future of the Black Experience

Join a panel of CMU faculty for a rich dialogue centered on what their research reveals about the historical and present-day Black experience and how it can inform the creation of a more equitable future.
This event was held Thursday, February 25 at 4 p.m. ET

CMU Voices

louissaint-400x400.pngNicolette Louissaint, Healthcare Ready executive director

"We needed to have a common vision. And I think that's very much how policy works today. Figuring out what it looks to align on some core common goals and being able to move those forward together is a big part of how we are able to make progress at Healthcare Ready."

amorganlee_400x400.pngAyisha Morgan-Lee, Hill Dance Academy Theater founder, CEO and artistic director

"I did not have a problem being the only one. But I knew I shouldn’t be the only one, and that was the problem for me. ... It really drove me to found a dance academy where students could train for a career on the professional stage and also look to the right, left and front of a classroom and see students and teachers who look like them."

mark-chambers-400x400.pngMark Chambers, director of New York City's Mayor's Office of Sustainability

Fighting climate change and systemic inequality isn't about preserving our way of life. It's about changing the way we live. ... There's no room on the sidelines. Everyone has to contribute, and there's no way for people to take an out.”

lindsay-powell-400x400.pngLindsay Powell, assistant chief of staff for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Whether it’s guaranteed basic income or making Pittsburgh a better place for women, in particular women of color, that’s the type of human services, program coordination, policymaking and community-building work that I do every day.”

joe-trotter.jpgJoe William Trotter Jr.founder and director of CMU's Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy 

"Over the years, Carnegie Mellon has been an exciting place for me to research, write, publish and pursue diverse public history projects with an eye for bridging the divide between the university and the surrounding community."

ICYMI: Event Highlights & Recordings

Conversation On Building Sustainable Communities
Alex Hiniker, executive fellow for Sustainability Initiatives, and Mark Chambers (CFA 2001, HNZ 2002), director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, NYC Mayor’s Office.
This event was held on February 15

Conversation on Elevating a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ayana Ledford, director of diversity and inclusion, Dietrich College and Heinz College, and executive director, PROGRESS, and Candice Morgan (DC 2004), diversity, equity and inclusion partner, Google Ventures.
This discussion was recorded in September 2020.

DEI Entrepreneaurship Panel Webinar
CMU's Alumni & Constituent Engagement office presented a panel discussion with alumni and industry experts focused on the centralization of diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks as a foundational ingredient to building inclusive companies.
This discussion and Q&A were recorded in January 2021.


2021 MLK Keynote Lecture featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
In this moderated questions-and-answer discussion, Dr. Kendi discusses antiracism education at the university level, initiatives to advance antiracism, engagement and responses to public discourse around antiracism framework, and the role of policy-based initiative in creating social change.
This event was held on Wednesday, February 10

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Operation BusinessQuest (OBQ)
CMU is building an alumni-owned small business directory, and we need your connections to identify the many businesses out there. Help us recognize and celebrate the vital role of CMU Black-owned businesses by submitting a form today to contribute to the directory.