University of Richmond Holds Inaugural Black Excellence Gala

February 21, 2019

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Richmond will host its inaugural Black Excellence Gala: A Time of "Infinite Hope" this weekend. The black tie event aims to celebrate the accomplishments of underrepresented University of Richmond students and their commitment to fostering a thriving and inclusive campus community.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Jepson Alumni Center. Advance registration is required. Ticketing details can be found on the Office of Multicultural Affairs webpage.

“It has been 50 years since UR welcomed its first African American students into residence,” said Chantelle Bernard, associate director of multicultural affairs and disability services. “Since that time underrepresented students have played an integral role in developing a connected community and ensuring excellence is inclusive across all backgrounds. 

During the Gala, five UR students, a recognized faculty member, and one administrator will receive awards for their outstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. In addition, the sponsors will celebrate the accomplishments of a local high school student with a $1,000 scholarship.

“As an institution, we want to recognize the unwavering commitment students have had over the years in maintaining a thriving and inclusive community and celebrate the institutional work that has been accomplished,” said Bernard.    

The inaugural event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. More than 250 guests will be in attendance to celebrate black excellence at the University of Richmond.

“This is the start of a new intergenerational tradition where we unite our past, present, and future,” said Bernard. “We will continue to acknowledge our history and together, we will applaud our strides.”

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