It’s the first in-person gathering for the Alumni Association since the pandemic began and what better way to get Homecoming 2021 off to a big start than with a cookout hosted by the Black Alumni Chapter.

“Cookouts are joyous gatherings with music, food and fun - they have for a long time served as connection for our community. It’s a beautiful thing to share laughter, bond and embrace over food, said Deidre Gordon, Black Alumni Chapter president. “For generations we have gotten together to honor our traditions, customs, advancements, growth and kinship. We’ve overcome a lot in these last couple of years, accomplished a lot, and we’re excited to be together outside Hodgin Hall to celebrate the Black legacy at UNM.”

The Black Alumni Chapter works to establish contact between UNM and its alumni to help support and maintain the existence of programs including Africana Studies and African American Student Services (AASS) that assists with the overall recruitment, retention and graduation of Black students.

The cookout will be held in the Karen A. Abraham Courtyard at Hodgin Hall. Individuals will have the opportunity to connect with other Lobos and network during the cookout. Special Lobo guests will be in attendance, including donors for the Josephus “Joe” Long Scholarships, staff from AASS and more.

 Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 25. For a full list of UNM Homecoming events, click here.