About the Annual Winston C. Doby Scholarship Gala
Who: The UCLA Black Alumni Association was established in 1968. The UBAA is the oldest alumni affinity group associated with UCLA. Our alumni include Dr. Ralph Bunche, Jackie Robinson, Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, Jackie Joyner Kersee, Tom Bradley, Arthur Ashe, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Los Angeles Dodger manager Dave Roberts, former LAUSD School Superintendent Michelle King, Oscar and Emmy nominated director Ava Duvernay and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors.
Mission: The purpose of the UCLA Black Alumni Association is to empower the black students, faculty, and staff at UCLA, as well as the community at large, to form powerful associations that will create greater educational opportunities that benefit the black community.
What: The UBAA established the Winston C. Doby Legacy Scholarship Fund in 2006. This was in response to passage of Proposition 209 in California in 1996. Prop 209 outlawed the consideration of race in university admissions. Within ten years the enactment of this law produced devastating effects on the number of African American students being admitted to and enrolling at UCLA. In 2006, Only 96 African American undergraduate students enrolled at UCLA. Since the starting the Doby Legacy Fund, UBAA has raised over 4 million dollars for scholarship awarded to African American students. In 2016, UCLA enrolled the highest number of African American undergraduate student in school history. The steady rise in enrollment has coincided with the increasing number of scholarship dollars UBAA has been able to raise
How: The UBAA Winston C. Doby Scholarship and Awards Gala is the primary fundraising vehicle for the Winston C. Doby Scholarship Fund. The Gala is also an opportunity to recognize African American alumni who have made significant contributions to society in their varied fields of endeavor. The UBAA also awards the UBAA Ralph Bunche Humanitarian Award to acknowledge alumni or non-alumni who have made significant charitable and humanitarian efforts on the world stage. The Bunche Award is named for Dr. Ralph Bunche who was a distinguished alumnus of UCLA and a noted United Nations diplomat and civil rights activist. Dr. Bunche was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Sponsorship and tickets can be purchased for the gala through the UBAA website and the link provided in these materials. All proceeds from this event go to the Doby Legacy Scholarship Fund. The UBAA is a registered 501 c (3) and all donations are tax deductible.