The Black Alliance seeks to cultivate an environment that promotes equity and inclusiveness through professional mobility, cultural responsibility, networking, education and programs highlighting cultural awareness, diversity, unconscious bias and global thinking at UTMB. Black Alliance Vision Vision To provide a safe space and professional resources for underrepresented individuals affected by systemic racism, discrimination, and inequalities and to encourage solidarity amongst all staff, faculty, and students. Leadership Committee Executive SponsorsDr. Janet SoutherlandDr. David BrownCo-ChairsMr. Richard M. WalkerVacantAdvisory Board MembersMr. Steven J. BainesMs. Caren Brownfield Ms. Tammie CollinsMs. Lorraine Hunter-SimpsonVickie Jones (Founder) Mr. Shawn McCannDr. Jayco McCowan (Founder)Ms. Marquelyn WardMs. Meisha Wilson-Leonard Meetings and EventsGroup meetings and other networking events are held regularly and cover a variety of educational and motivational topics. All members of the UTMB community are invited to attend. Black Alliance Events Upcoming Events How We EndUP: A Virtual Convening of Organizers, Activists, Scholars and Community Leaders – Oct. 26 & 27, 2021Holiday Mixer – December 2021/January 2022 • Details to be providedBlack History Celebration – February 2022 • Details to be provided Archived Events Who Fixes Broken Systems by Samuel G. Dunn – Sept. 9, 2021Member Mixer at Big Phil’s Soul & Creole Café – Aug. 27, 2021Photos of eventMeet & Greet at Viola & Agnes’ Neo Soul Café – June 18, 2021Photos of eventBlack Alliance Resource Group Inaugural Event – Feb. 22, 2021Video of event | Presentation slide deck Black History Month – Feb. 1 to 28, 2021UTMB events and activities Learn More Want more information on how to get involved? Get added to our email list!Email email@example.com with the following information:First and last namesContact emailContact phone number (optional) DepartmentJob title Contact Information firstname.lastname@example.org Leaders on the Move Check back soon to learn more about UTMB’s Black Movers and Shakers! Black Alliance Resource Group Facebook Page Black Alliance Resource Group Newsletter – August 2021 Black Alliance Aid Hurricane Ida Relief Efforts Hurricane Ida Relief Efforts Gallery Furniture: Mattress Mack and Gallery Furniture are accepting donations via GoFundMe and at Gallery Furniture on 6006 N. Freeway for the non-perishable food items, hygiene products and more. See the full list and find more details.Market Square Tower: A high-rise luxury apartment building located in Downtown Houston is preparing a "Flood Truck" that will head to Louisiana to help storm victims of Hurricane Ida. The apartment building is taking donations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at 777 Preston St. The following items are needed:Non-Perishable Food & Bottled WaterPet FoodHygiene products (diapers, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, hairbrushes, shampoo, feminine care products)Books, Games, Puzzles, and Activities for Families with ChildrenSocksHouston Food Bank: The Houston Food Bank urgently needs volunteers to help them build more disaster boxes. Individuals or groups can register online and find shifts that work for them.Kroger: Kroger is launching a "Relief Drive" in more than 100 Greater Houston and Louisiana stores, to support Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Ida. Kroger customers can donate a bag of non-perishable, ready-to-eat foods for $6 at checkout. The bags will contain staples such as tuna, peanut butter, oatmeal and apple juice. The donations will go directly to New Orleans to support families in need.Cajun Navy Relief: Cajun Navy Relief is currently accepting financial donations to aid in hurricane rescue and relief. Much of Cajun Navy Relief's all-volunteer workforce works remotely, including dispatchers, logistics, data entry, communications managers, etc. Those interested can sign up to volunteer.American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is there to help after a disaster. KHOU 11 is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help those in need following disasters. Here's a link to make a donation.