The Marquette University’s Black Alumni Association actively contributes to excellence at Marquette and supports the university’s quest to be among the most innovative and accomplished Catholic and Jesuit universities in the world. Black alumni bring a vital perspective to the table and are key participants in Marquette’s drive to achieve its strategic goals.


  • To offer a meaningful network for Marquette’s Black alumni to connect with each other and the university.
  • Fundraise for scholarships that support Black students at Marquette, particularly the Ralph H. Metcalfe Sr. Scholarship. Learn more about the scholarship.
  • Participate in mentoring, recruiting initiatives and other activities to regularly engage with current and prospective Black students.
  • Seek out and encourage alliances with Marquette alumni across the country.
  • Promote the association as a supportive resource for Marquette’s Black students.

The annual application process for the Black Alumni Association Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship is announced to students in January and winners are announced in late April. Learn more and apply.

Make a gift online to the Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr., Scholarship Fund (select "Black Alumni Association's Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Scholarship Award" from the dropdown menu).


Erika-Brown HeadshotErika Brown, Arts ’97
Milwaukee, Wis.
HR Generalist/Talent Management, MRA - The Management Association

Nkozi-Knight HeadshotNkozi “Jay” Knight, Prof St ’08
Immediate Past President
Menomonee Falls, Wis.
Director, Contract, Licensing, and Registration- Standards & Governance, Northwestern Mutual

Derek-Baxter HeadshotDerek Baxter, Eng ’97
Milwaukee, Wis.
Lead Engineer, Eaton Corporation


Vanessa-Brown HeadshotVanessa Ann Brown, Eng ’97
Milwaukee, Wis.
Parent Coordinator, Milwaukee Public Schools


Nicholas-Dillon HeadshotNicholas “Nick” Dillon, Comm ’90
Flower Mound, Texas
Business & Leadership Coach/Consultant/Trainer, Believe University


Kevin-Ingram HeadshotKevin Ingram, Bus Ad ’92, Grad ’02
Milwaukee, Wis.
Education Consultant, Department of Public Instruction


Ingrid-Jagers HeadshotIngrid Jagers, Arts ’92
Milwaukee, Wis.
Senior Compliance Consultant, OPTUM Health


Arthur-Jones HeadshotArthur “Art” Jones, III, Comm ’17
Milwaukee, Wis.
Social Media Specialist, Carroll University


Tristen-Shorter HeadshotTristen Shorter, Comm ’17
Milwaukee, Wis.
Grants and Fundraising Communication Manager, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee


Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marquette’s Black Alumni Association (BAA) as part of Alumni Reunion Weekend and Alumni National Awards, June 3-5, 2022.

Interested in learning more or getting involved with the Black Alumni Association? Contact Rachelle Shurn, Prof St ’11, at or (414) 288-4765.

Be sure to sign up to receive email updates and invitation from the Black Alumni Association.


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