Society of Black Alumni (SOBA)

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Established in 1995, the Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) — an organization of approximately 300 members — seeks to create an environment that facilitates the development of black students into productive and contributing alumni. Committed to encouraging diversity at the university, it offers mentoring and networking opportunities to alumni.

The Society of Black Alumni, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Council and the Office of Alumni Relations, has as its principal responsibility the accomplishment of the objectives of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association as they relate to black alumni.

Stay Tuned for More Upcoming Events!

Come Through: A Multicultural Gathering and Networking Event
Saturday, April 24, 2021

Black History Month Events :
Carey Black Alumni Network Black History Month Celebration
Friday, February 19th, 2021

Mentor Meet Up
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

R.A.C.E. Matters Speaker Series Fireside Chat with Wes Moore '01 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Fireside Chat with Dr. Katrina Caldwell & Anika Penn 10'
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Juneteenth Virtual Happy Hour
Friday, June 19th, 2020

 New York, NY: Society of Black Alumni Gathering
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Black Baltimore in the Photographs of John Clark Mayden
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

SOBA Alumni Weekend
Sunday, April 4th-7th, 2019

Forums on Race - Thursday
Network & Multicultural Gathering - Friday
Spring Meeting - Saturday
SOBA BBQ - Saturday

Inspirational Service - Sunday

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OMA 25th Anniversary
Friday, October 6, 2017

OMA Multicultural Community Brunch
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Inspirational Service
Sunday, April 23, 2017

SOBA BBQ and Alumni Student Meet and Greet
Saturday, April 22, 2017

SOBA Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Multicultural Reception
Friday, April 21, 2017

Meet-Up and Music with Mark Meadows
Saturday, April 30, 2016


SOBA News: Have you seen this?


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Meet Our Alumni 


The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of nine members that serve staggered three-year terms, renewable once. With the exception of the president, vice president, and at-large members, Executive Committee members are elected by a majority of the votes received from dues-paying members of the Society of Black Alumni.

Wesley Wood A&S '97

Brandon Ball BUS ’16 

Jarvia Meggett NUR ’20 

Khadijah Mitchell BSPH, MED ’14 

Tanjala Purnell BSPH ’12 

Lauren Redditt PEAB ’20 



The SOBA Presidential Professorship

The SOBA Presidential Professorship is the university's first Presidential Opportunity Professorship.


SOBA Scholarship

The SOBA Scholarship Fund provides Johns Hopkins undergraduates with financial assistance to complete their education. If you would like to make a contribution to the SOBA Scholarship Fund, please contact the Alumni Relations office. You can make a donation online or by mail: SOBA Scholarship Fund, 3400 N. Charles Street, San Martin Center, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21218-2696.


SOBA Alumni Awards

The Society of Black Alumni invites nominations for its two awards: The SOBA President’s Award and The Frederick Scott Award. Complete and print the SOBA awards nomination form. The deadline for nominations is October 15.


Center for Africana Studies

The Center for Africana Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences pursues a broad inquiry into the ideas and experiences of African peoples throughout the world. Learn more.

Affinity communities are groups made up of members of the Johns Hopkins community, predominantly alumni and students who come together around an industry vertical or subject/area of interest.


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