“Ericka brought the idea to the council and we stood behind it, ran with it and decided it was something that was important,” Dominique said. “We wanted giving to be a tenet of the mission of Black alumni and we wanted to create an engagement point for alumni where they could see immediate impact.”
The 1961 Club launched in 2018 with the support of nearly 1,000 charter members. Contributions to The 1961 Club support the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund and ensure that students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to a college education through scholarships.
“First, I give to The 1961 Club because of the legacy it supports. We have 19,000 Black alumni today, and that was made possible because three people were courageous and brave,” Dominique said. “Second, hearing scholarship recipients’ stories makes you realize what a difference your donation is making in their life, story and trajectory.”
Dominique’s accomplishments have already transformed the Black alumni community and are making a difference in the lives of nine Black Alumni Scholars on campus. Still, she’s not done.
“My ultimate goal is to establish a full ride scholarship,” Dominique said. “I want to take away someone’s financial burden and give somebody the gift of education.”