The RMU African American Experience
Robert Morris University offers an array of clubs, activities, and other initiatives to enhance the university experience of students of color.
Black Student Union
The Black Student Union was developed to promote a sense of unity among minority students, provide a forum and educational opportunities related to multi-cultural issues and foster cultural exchange on RMU's campus. These goals are accomplished through educational, cultural, and social activities. Membership is open to any RMU student interested in promoting cultural diversity.
National Council of Negro Women
The local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women helps to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent, focusing on education, leadership, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, and health and wellness.
National Society of Black Engineers
RMU's collegiate chapter supports the mission of this organization, which held its annual national convention in Pittsburgh in March 2018. The NSBE offers academic excellence programs, scholarships, leadership training, professional development, and access to career opportunities for thousands of members.
SEMS Diversity Initiatives
To help build a stronger workforce, stronger communities, and a stronger society, the Robert Morris University School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science is committed to recruiting and supporting women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields, both as students and faculty members.
Black Male Leadership Development Institute
BMLDI is co-sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University and begins with a weeklong residential program on the RMU campus. Throughout the week participants attend seminars, workshops, panel discussions, and leadership exercises and hear keynote speakers on topics including values clarification, identity formation, visioning, community engagement, networking, and dealing with media portrayal of African American issues.
Amb. Robin Sanders D’10
RMU Board of Trustees
Heath Bailey ’96 M’06
Academic principal, United Arab Emirates Schools in Abu Dhabi
Kenya Boswell M’06
President, BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Daren Ellerbee M’07
Community affairs and equity strategist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Ricky Frazier Jr. ‘01
Central divisional vice president of process improvement and customer retention, Comcast
Jada Grandy ’00 M’04
Senior vice president and community reinvestment act strategies director, Fifth Third Bank
Olabrice Jackson ‘87
Founder, OWN: Onyx Woman Network
Chaz Kellem M’12
Senior director of advocacy for race and gender equity, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
Brenda Lauderback '72
Chairwoman, Denny's Corp.
Jarvis Powers ’08 M’11
Lead security staff systems engineer, Home Depot
Vladimir St. Surin ’04 M’07 D’15
Dean, Community College of Allegheny County
Stephanie Simmons M’06
Vice president, BNY Mellon
Howard Slaughter D’06
President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh
Briana Smith ‘11
Business systems analyst, PNC
Jasmine Tate ‘13
Erik J. Thomas ‘09
Owner, designer and developer, Bright Thought Design
Raymond Thomas ’00 M’03 D’11
Director of child and family services, A Second Chance
Distinguished Guests and Speakers
16th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers
American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor and writer
Former United States National Security Advisor and a retired four-star general in the United States Army
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Activist, feminist, author, scholar, and former Dutch politician
American journalist, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board
Co-founder and chief trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a former market engineer for book publishing