The OSU Black Alumni and Friends Network (BAFN) is an official group open to Oregon State alumni and friends who identify with and support Pan- African, Afro-Caribbean, Black, African and African American communities. Meet regularly with Beaver alumni and build your personal and professional network, plus offer support, mentorship or career opportunities to current students and alumni. Contact our leadership team or join our Facebook group for more information.




  • Join us on Facebook or OSU Connections
  • Social events
  • Connect alumni with students, staff & faculty
  • Strengthen the bond with OSU and each other


  • Outreach and Community events
  • Professional and personal development
  • Fill out the interest form to learn more about how to make an impact with the Black Alumni & Friends Network.


  • Mentorship
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Scholarship/program support that enhance Black student program



Upcoming Events

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Recent Events

Black Minds Matter | A Mental Health Conversation
This year has been a whirlwind for all – but those who identify as Black have endured experiences that have tested their strength and resilience. In this OSU King Talks kickoff event, hear from Keith Dempsey, '93, '96, '10, as he discusses the triumphs and challenges of mental health and wellness among the Black community.
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Building Community and Networking
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us that we are better together. Be inspired by 2005 OSU College of Business graduate LaToya Kamara Manley, global product director for Nike’s Jordan Women’s Footwear and adjunct professor at Portland State University, who says “the best compliment that I ever received was that I lead by inspiration. I hope to always do so while spreading positive energy, love and light.”
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Board Members



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Terrance Harris

Assistant Director, Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center

Oregon State University




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Ralen Jones, '13

Founder & Managing Director

PDX Black Excellence




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Jonathan Riley, '09



Better Marketing



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Dorian Smith, '09, MAIS, '17

Assistant Director, Black Student Access and Success

Oregon State University




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Sara Smith, '09

Event Coordinator and Alumni Relations, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine

Oregon State University




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Temmecha Turner, '04


Portland Public School




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Steven Wysinger

Wilderness Restoration Specialist

City of San Antonio