Alumni of Color Network

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The Fairfield University Alumni of Color Network is an official affiliate group of the Office of Alumni Relations that serves to create a community and gateway to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Stags during and after their time at Fairfield.

The network will host a variety of educational, professional, and social programs that cultivate personal and professional connections and opportunities to support the University while demonstrating the strength and success that exists within the BIPOC community. Learn more about University diversity and inclusion initiatives that you may be able to support at



Advance volunteerism, pride, and philanthropy


Connect/Network with other alumni, current students, and the University community

Build Community

Build community through partnerships


Mentor students and alumni of color

Recruit Alumni

Recruit alumni to join and actively participate in activities of the network

To get involved with the Alumni of Color Network, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.


Watch this conversation moderated by Fairfield Provost Christine Siegel, PhD, Letting Success Be Their Noise, with alumnae Brenda J. Young ’74, PhD, retired, January LaVoy ’97, actor and associate professor of theater studies, Emory University, and Yolehema Felican ’12, MSW, associate director of student diversity and multicultural affairs, Fairfield University, as they share their own academic and career experiences as women of color and how they hope to help Fairfield's BIPOC students thrive.

Letting Success Be Their Noise || 50 Years of Women at Fairfield University

Committee Members

If you are interested in the joining the Alumni of Color Network Committee, please contact

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Kaadiana Barnes

Class of 2017


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"As the former co-president of a Fairfield U club that was my "home," I was saddened to hear that there has been a decrease in student participation. That inspired me to take action and use my skills to support our student community. For many years, there has been a disconnect between BIPOC students and alumni, and the Fairfield University Alumni of Color Network will help bridge the gap and provide critical resources that unite and strengthen our BIPOC alumni and student communities."

— Kaadiana Barnes, Class of '17

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Matthew Waldemar

Class of 2020


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"I joined the Alumni of Color Network to continue the work of creating spaces which support and uplift Fairfield's BIPOC students through a professional setting. Joining this network means you're getting connected to great alumni and resources that Fairfield has fostered."

— Matthew Waldemar, Class of '20

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Julio Martinez

Class of 2007

Alumni Board Liaison

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Claretta Mills

Class of 2016

Alumni Board Liaison

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Sherice Reid

Class of 2016

Alumni Board Liaison

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