For Leon Hampton, there is no better time than the present.
That is how he explained his decision to add more responsibility to his busy schedule and help wake up what has been a dormant organization.
Meet the new president of the Black Alumni Association.
“Much deliberation and personal reflection went into my decision of stepping into this role,” says the 30-year-old 2010 graduate. “Xavier Black alumni have a unique experience and perspective, and I believe the Black Alumni Association is the perfect avenue to harness that experience and perspective to impact Xavier. The organization has been inactive for quite some time, and there isn't a better time to reactivate it than now.”
Hampton graduated with a degree in criminal justice and is currently in his third year of law school while serving as a clerk for Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati. He made sure to recognize two peers who are helping him: Nicole Jones, ’11, and Jimmy Stringer, ’09, who are serving as Co-Vice Presidents and have been “monumental in implementing structure and strategy.”
“Xavier holds a special place in our hearts, and the BAA will build a bridge for further engagement amongst alumni, current undergrads, and Xavier University,” Hampton wrote in his presidential welcome letter.
“This reactivation is being crafted with a focus on sustainability, impact, and inclusion,” he says. “The Black Alumni Association will focus on our ‘Five Pillars of Impact’ which consists of Admissions, Mentoring, Alumni/Undergraduate Engagement, Institutional Engagement, and Philanthropy.”
Hampton says alumni of color are thriving, and Xavier’s students of color must be able to see that and interact with one another.
“Alumni of color are thriving and succeeding in every field of endeavor, which could assist students in realizing their full potential,” he says. “Xavier University is a diverse community, and celebration and inclusion of all students, alumni, and faculty is imperative to Xavier’s mission and Jesuit identity.”
Hampton also realizes the importance of alumni being involved.
“Xavier has impacted all of its alumni in various manners, some more than others,” he says. “Moreover, it is important for alumni to remember that impact. In order for Xavier to continue to impact lives and develop men and women for others, alumni participation is necessary. Alumni participation does not only consist of philanthropy. There are ways for everyone to get involved today, whether it is through the Career Services Mentoring Program, Admissions Ambassadors, or serving on the advisory board of your major.”
For more information, or to learn how to get involved, visit: https://www.xavier.edu/alumni/Black-Alumni-Association.cfm