Black alumni celebrate community on Martha’s Vineyard

Three social events over the summer united Brunonians from across the decades for days of fun in the sun.

More than 200 members of the Black alumni community congregated on the island of Martha’s Vineyard for a series of three reunion-style celebrations this past summer. Most notable was Bruno on the Vineyard, hosted by Jill and Stephen Davis P’23 held on August 14 in Oak Bluffs. 

At this jubilant celebration of love, learning, and lifelong bonds, the 140+ alumni attendees heard from speakers such as Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler, Brown’s vice president for institutional equity and diversity. Carey-Butler discussed her vision for how the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will implement the University's comprehensive strategic plan to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive community at Brown. In addition, Sergio Gonzalez, senior vice president of advancement, shed light on the immense fundraising success of the IPC Brown Annual Fund Scholarship and the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Fund.


Shortly before this larger gathering, on August 10, many members of the Black alumni community also joined current students, parents, faculty, and staff for the annual reception at the home of Trustee Emeritus Jerome Vascellaro ’74, P’07, where alumni socialized, caught up with old friends, and forged new connections alongside President Christina H. Paxson, Senior Vice President for Advancement Sergio Gonzalez, and other guests.  


And the summer merriment didn’t stop there: also in August, Black alumni from Harvard and Brown gathered for a joint mixer, hosted by Brickson Diamond '93 and Allister Williams '93, setting aside the usual Brown Bears vs. Crimson rivalry for an afternoon of warmth, laughter, and conversation.