Volunteer Spotlight: Emilia Ndely, Black Alumni Network



Q. What is your favorite experience as an Alumni Association leader/volunteer?

A. My favorite part of being an Alumni Association leader is seeing our members and those that come to our events truly enjoying themselves, making professional connections, and reminiscing about their fondest Gopher memories.

Q. Why do you volunteer?

A. I volunteer because I am passionate about serving the black community and giving back to the U. I believe in the power of connection and I love to create spaces for our black alumni to connect to each other and also connect with current students that could learn from our journeys so far.

Q. Why would you encourage others to volunteer?

A. I would encourage others to volunteer because its fun! The UMN Black Alumni Network has a great team, we love our counterparts at the Alumni Association, and we enjoy spending time with those that we serve.

Q. Share some alumni words of wisdom.

A. Volunteering doesn’t have to be a 20 hour a month commitment. Find small, impactful ways to support your community and fellow Gophers. A 15-30 min chat with a current student may seem small to you, but may mean a lot to them.

Emilia is the current President of the UMN Black Alumni Network (UMNBAN) and a proud member of the Alumni Association.

She started UMNBAN with three others, Will Zehourou, Damola Ogundipe, and Charlene Bogonko in 2015. UMNBAN's staple events are: annual homecoming weekend events, an undergraduate engagement event series called Ask an Alum in the Black Student Union, and Happy Hours.

Emilia is a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young. She graduated from CLA in 2011 with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Sociology and Management. Then she got her Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While at the U of M, she served on the boards of following student organizations: Black Motivated Women, Black Student Union, and Student Health Advisory Committee.

Emilia is passionate about connecting Gophers, particularly minority Gophers, and leveraging the vast networks and resources the U of M has to offer.

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