Society of Black Alumni

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.

Mission Statement

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.

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.

Adante Hart A&S ’11

Oscar Doyle A&S ’72

Wesley Wood A&S ’97
Alumni Chair

Chinedum Nwaobasi-McMillan A&S ’02
Student Chair

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 The Frederick Scott Award. Complete and print the SOBA awards nomination form. The deadline for nominations is October 15.

Other Groups and Activities

Center for Africana Studies

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

Contact SOBA at

Meet-Up and Music With Mark Meadows
Saturday, April 30 at 6:00 pm

Reception Location:
Ware House 518
518 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21208

Concert Location:
An die Musik LIVE!
409 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Register here.

Reunion 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Center for Africana Studies (CAS) and SOBA Reception
Click here to see photos from the event
Saturday, April 18, 2015
SOBA Meeting


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 3:00 p.m.
Hope Lodge Service Event

Tuesday, February 5, 2015 - 6:30 p.m.
SOBA Networking Gathering

Thursday, November 6, 2014 3pm
Service Dinner - Hope Lodge Baltimore

Friday, April 11, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Center for Africana Studies (CAS) and SOBA Reception

Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
SOBA Spring Meeting

Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 4:00pm

AMR BBQ Pit Friday, April 26, 2013, 6 - 8 pm
A Reception
Sponsored by the Center for Africana Studies in the Greenhouse

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10 am - noon
SOBA meeting in Great Hall

Keynote Speaker: James B. Knapp Dean Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Katherine Newman

Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2 - 4 pm
SOBA Picnic at the AMR BBQ Pit