Alumni of Color Network launches to support UW-Eau Claire’s EDI goals

| Julie Poquette

Angela Pittman Taylor, a 2000 UW-Eau Claire public relations graduate, is excited to share the story of her empowering Blugold college experience with all who will listen. Now a senior vice president and public relations operations manager at Baird in Milwaukee, Pittman Taylor works hard to ensure that she and other alumni of color have opportunities to deepen their ties with the university.

In 2009 Pittman Taylor and fellow alumna Angelica Hambrick, a 2002 public communication graduate who now is an associate vice president at Pacific Lutheran University, started an annual Homecoming gathering for Blugold alumni of color. Ten years later, they are formalizing a group of diverse UW-Eau Claire alumni that will support the university’s equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy by working to enhance the experiences of current students of color.

The Alumni of Color Network will hold its first meeting during Homecoming 2019 and create a board of directors, with Pittman Taylor as its first chairperson. The group also will meet with current students of color and host a Homecoming social gathering. As it has for a decade, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is supporting the network’s events, including establishing an Alumni of Color Network Fund to receive donations and underwrite activities.

“We are encouraged by the university’s ongoing focus on EDI and firmly believe alumni have much to offer toward pursuing and achieving those goals,” Pittman Taylor said. “We view the Alumni of Color Network as a mechanism for alumni to help drive progress in EDI through mentoring, networking, fundraising and generally raising the profile of the university among diverse audiences.”

For more information about the Alumni of Color Network, send email to AlumniOfColor@uwec.edu.

Top photo caption: UW-Eau Claire alumna Angela Pittman Taylor talks with a student during a visit to campus. Pittman Taylor will chair the board of directors of the new Alumni of Color Network, which will hold its first meeting during Homecoming 2019.