Black Leadership Advancement Coalition – BLAC - was started at UC Irvine in 2002 to enhance the experience of Black students, staff, faculty, and alumni at UCI. BLAC is comprised of individuals from various campus units and students from diverse disciplines, all dedicated to supporting and advancing the UCI Black community.
BLAC's yearly Night of the Stars event, held in May, encourages campus celebration of Black successes and provides an opportunity for members and other supporters to re-commit to moving the community forward. As explained by 2018 BLAC Gala Chairman Fred Lipscomb, "As individuals, we are regularly challenged in the academic professional, and spiritual arenas, and we strive to meet those challenges, not only for ourselves, but also out of respect and gratitude for those who have come before us."
The 2018 Night of the Stars honored the life of Dr. Joseph White, professor emeritus in the UCI School of Social Sciences and professionally recognized as “the godfather of black psychology.” The keynote speaker was Roderick Seamster, M.D., President & CEO of Watts Healthcare Corporation, Los Angeles (UCI B.S. in Biological Sciences, 1982).
During the May 4th gala, BLAC distributed numerous scholarships and awards for academic excellence, professional achievement, service, spirit, and outreach/retention/recruitment. A special thank you was extended to departing Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Dr. Thomas Parham, (incoming President of California State University, Dominguez Hills) for his 33 years of service to the African American community at UCI as "teacher, mentor, leader, and servant."