BALSO Alumni Network

Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) Alumni Network

The purpose of the BALSO Alumni Network is to provide a supportive and culturally enriching network for current, past, and future BALSO members that helps them to identify, understand, and solve the complex healthcare issues facing Black and Latinx communities. New members are welcome. 

Network Goals

  • Aid and encourage BALSO members during their studies
  • Support professional and cultural identity development of students and alumni as Black and Latinx healthcare providers
  • Amplify and advance the commitment of VP&S and the College of Dental Medicine to increase enrollment of Black and Latinx students.
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue and close cooperation with BALSO members and the administration, including:
    • The Senior -Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
    • The CDM Office of Access, Equity, and Inclusion
    • The Columbia University Black Alumni Council
  • Provide counsel, exposure, and insight about postgraduate careers using our resources as People of Color.

Fundraising Initiatives

BALSO Alumni Network has three funds to support students. To make a gift, click on the fund below:

The Antoinette ('Toni) Williams Fiscal Emergencies Fund

This fund was created to support students who are encountering short-term unanticipated costs that interfere with their ability to function optimally. Distributions from this Fund may not be used to pay for tuition or required fees and will not count towards the students' financial aid package. 

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The BALSO VP&S Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a BALSO student with financial need. 

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The Doctor Cecil G. Marquez BALSO Award

This award, presented at Class Day, assists students who have made outstanding contributions to the Black and Latino Student Organization and the minority community.

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Board of Directors

  • Vivian Lewis '77, Co-Chair
  • Harold Peart '78, Co-Chair
  • Leland Grant CDM '77
  • Michelle Clark '76
  • Cornelius Flowers '76
  • Ingrid Fitz James '77
  • Merinda Herron '77
  • Glenda Hutson '77
  • Reginald Manning '78
  • Donna Mendes '77
  • Rogsbert Phillips '77
  • Eleby Washington '77

Contact Us

If you have questions about the BALSO ALumni Network, how to join, or make a gift; please contact us.

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Donations and Fundraising

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If you are interested in joining a supportive and culturally enriching network for Black and Latino students and alumni, please contact us.

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