50th Anniversary Celebration: Black Student Association/Umoja

October 17-19, 2019

The Goucher College Office of Alumnae/i Affairs, Office of Student Engagement, Umoja, and Special Collections & Archives would like to thank everyone who attended all or part of our 50th anniversary Black Student Association/Umoja celebration.  We were so glad to honor the women who took the bold step to start this organization in 1969, and happy to see different generations of BSA/Umoja students unite for comradery, reflection and inspiration.

Please enjoy these photos from the weekend!

Black at Goucher panel

Schedule of events

Thursday, October 17: Exhibit Opening

Reception for Paul Henderson: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era | 6 - 8 p.m.

4th Floor, Athenaeum

This event is free and open to all students, alumnae/i, faculty, staff and community members. Sponsored by The Goucher College Friends of the Library.

About the Paul Henderson Exhibit

Friday, October 18: 50th Anniversary Reception

CEO Coffee Chat | 10:30 a.m. - noon

Exploration Hub, first floor of Van Meter Hall

Join the CEO for a Coffee Chat with Bradley Whitted ’13. 


Alumnae/i Welcome Lunch | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mary Fisher Dining Center

Alumnae/i can pick up a free lunch voucher in the Alumnae/i House beginning at 9 am.


Special Collections & Archives | 1:30 - 4 p.m.

4th Floor Athenaeum

View the 50th Anniversary of the Black Student Association/Umoja Exhibit and tour the Paul Henderson photography exhibit. 


Open Class for Alumnae/i

Join current students and sit in on the following classes: 

8:40 - 10:30 a.m.

    • Ballet Technique II
      Professor Elizabeth Ahearn
      TD 104

10:40 - 11:50 a.m.

    • Shakespeare on Screen
      Professor Michael Curry 
      Van Meter Hall G50
    • Words, Music, and Meaning
      Associate Professor Kendall Kennison
      Hoffberger Science G10F 

Noon - 1:10 p.m.

    • Ecology and Evolution
      Professor Cynthia Kicklighter
      Hoffberger Science 149 
    • Cell Biology and Biochemistry
      Associate Professor Jenny Lenkowski
      Hoffberger Science 133 
    • Advanced Acting
      Professor Michael Curry
      Meyerhoff Arts Center 118
    • Statistical Linear Models
      Associate Professor Phong Le
      Julia Rogers 128DMC
    • Maintaining (and Challenging) the Status Quo: Power and Privilege US
      Assistant Professor Jen Bess
      Van Meter 205
      *Max capacity: 3 alumnae/i. Please email alumni@goucher.edu to reserve your space. 

2:40 - 3:50 p.m.

        • HIS 273 African American History II
          Assistant Professor James Dator
          Van Meter Hall G11 | 2:40 - 3:50 p.m.
        • Fundamentals of Music Theory
          Associate Professor Kendall Kennison
          Hoffberger Science G10F 
        • Calculus through Data and Modeling
          Assistant Professor Rachel Grotheer
          Julia Rogers 130
        • Statistical Linear Models
          Assistant Professor Tom Narock
          Julia Rogers 121
        • Black Psychology
          Assistant Professor Nyasha Grayman
          Van Meter 213


Center for Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI) | 1 - 4 p.m.

4th Floor Athenaeum, Room 422

Visit the Center, meet the staff and student employees, and learn more about CREI programming and student support services. 


Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) | 1 - 4 p.m.

Hoffberger, Room 124

Based on interest from Umoja alumni, the GPEP office will host open hours for guests to visit and learn more about Goucher’s national leadership in higher education in prison, about volunteer roles, and about how the Goucher community is enhanced and strengthened by the inclusion of students at the two prisons.


50th Anniversary Celebration Reception | 6 - 8 p.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

Join alumnae/i, students, faculty, and staff to honor and recognize this important milestone anniversary. RSVP required. 

Saturday, October 19: A Day of Celebration & Reflection

Coffee & Mingling | 9:30 - 10 a.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum


Opening Session | 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

Welcome from President Devereaux, alumnae/i, and Umoja Students


Breakout Session 1 | 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

Session Topics

  • Black at Goucher: Hear from alumna Yabsera Faris ’17 about her senior capstone project capturing the oral history of nine Black alumnae/i.
  • The Hallowed Ground Project: Prior to the abolition of slavery in the state in 1864, the so-called “peculiar institution” dominated much of the Maryland’s landscape, including the ground on which Goucher College now stands. Yet much of this history has been forgotten and overlooked. This session will provide an introduction to the Hallowed Ground Project, the new research and memorial initiative that seeks to tell the story of the enslaved African American men, women, and children who once labored on the land in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Umoja Then and Now: Hear from alumnae who made the bold decision to start the Black Student Association in 1969 as they partner with current Umoja students facing today’s challenges.


Lunch & Show Sponsored by Umoja | Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

This will be an open mic opportunity for students and alumnae/i to share their talents during lunch.


Breakout Session 2 | 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

Session Topics

  • Black at Goucher: Hear from alumna Yabsera Faris ’17 about her senior capstone project capturing the oral history of nine Black alumnae/i.
  • Life After Goucher: A career conversation for students to hear about the professional and personal experiences of alumnae/i after they graduated from Goucher.
  • Self-Care and Self Confidence: Led by Goucher alumna and life coach Uneeda Brewer '70. Whether you are a student, alumna/us, faculty or staff, take time to take care of your well-being and build your confidence through discussion and reflection.


Closing Session | 2:30 - 3 p.m.

Hyman Forum, Athenaeum

Come together for a final reflection on the past three days and past 50 years!

For more information on these events, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Affairs at 410-337-6180 or Jennifer Pawlo-Johnstone at jennifer.pawlojohnstone@goucher.edu.