Afro Latino Alumni and Alumnae Association (ALAA)



Since our inception, ALAA:

  • Established ALAA 100 to Recognize Major Financial Contributors of $1000 or More
  • Hosted a Black Poetry Recital by a William Smith Alumna Author
  • Provided Financial Support for a Student of Color Summer Chemistry Research
  • Hosted a Community Soul Food Festival
  • Hosted a Performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem at the Smith Opera House
  • Established and Recruited Alums of Color for the Alum-Student Mentor Program
  • Recruited Alums of Color and Facilitated the ALAA Career Symposium
  • Recruited Alums of Color and Facilitated the ALAA Alum-Student Education and Career Connection
  • Presented a Black Greek Step Show featuring teams from Cornell University and Syracuse University
  • Sponsored the HWS Summer Academy for students who are facing barriers from Geneva High School with Professor of Chemistry Walter Bowyer.
  • Successfully Completed Men of Color "Experienceship"
  • Provided Influential Leadership to the Hobart and William Smith Administration to Increase the Number of Professors of Color by Joining the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence

Men and Women of Color Experienceship

Road Trip for Men of Color

Hobart alum Horace Allen gave what he never had—an African-American mentor.

During spring break, five Hobart students traveled to Minneapolis to stay with Allen. They experienced Allen's lifestyle and also attended seminars and meetings with top leaders from IBM and other businesses in the Twin Cities area. In April, 50-plus Hobart students of color did the same, on a grander scale.

Allen '85 was elected by the Board of Trustees to serve a four-year term. Allen graduated from Hobart with a degree in economics. In 1993, after working nearly 10 years for the IBM Corporation, he and two partners founded Total Solutions Group. The Total Solutions Group was sold in 2000, when he founded TSG Server & Storage, where he is currently the chief operations officer. Allen is civically active, associated with, among other causes and organizations, the Greater Minneapolis YMCA, Catholic Charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Minnesota Community Foundation. On campus, Allen has participated in Black History Month symposiums and Career Day at HWS, and was the Charter Day speaker in 2001. Additionally, he is a board member of the Colleges' Afro-Latino Alumni Association and an alumni club volunteer. Allen was also the Colleges' first Executive in Residence. Allen lives in Prior Lake, Minn.


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