Save the Date 4/23/24

On Tuesday, April 23rd, from 11 am – 12 pm, BFAPA and senior leadership (Chancellor Jones and Provost Coleman) will recognize Black faculty, staff, and administration who have achieved accolades over the past year.  

As we approach the upcoming event, we want to take a moment to celebrate your remarkable achievements and contributions over the past year. Your dedication, resilience, and commitment have not gone unnoticed. We invite you to share your accolades with us so that we can recognize and honor your outstanding work during this special occasion.

Whether it’s a groundbreaking research project, an impactful community initiative, an exceptional teaching moment, or any other accomplishment, we want to hear about it. Your success inspires our entire community, and we believe it deserves to be celebrated.

Please submit your accolades by April 5th using this online form so that we can highlight your achievements and express our gratitude. Senior leadership eagerly awaits the opportunity to acknowledge and share your excellence with the broader community.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to excellence. Together, we continue to build a stronger, more inclusive environment for all.

Professional Development Opportunity

  BFAPA Friday Facts Financial Planning  
    Join BFAPA on Friday, Feb. 16, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm via Zoom for our “Friday Facts” session on financial planning and wealth building. Diane Gardner, CFP®, CDFA® has been a Financial Advisor since 2010. Currently, she owns a financial planning practice in Hermitage, PA, in collaboration with LPL Financial.  People often set certain financial goals, so we thought this would be a great time to invite a guest speaker, particularly during the current economic climate and rising prices; we want to provide members with ways to take control of financial planning and investment opportunities.  

–A brief overview of financial planning (5-10 minutes)
–The differences between various investment accounts and opportunities (10-15 minutes)
–Financial planning for LGBTQ+ or other groups who may face stigma when dealing with their personal finances (15 min)
–Any services offered
–Q&A/Discussion (Remaining time)
The above is the proposed agenda.  

BFAPA Holiday Happenings

The BFAPA Holiday Happening is scheduled for Friday, December 15th, from 6-9 pm at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano (2235 S. Neil St, Champaign, IL).  

We will go to dinner and gather together.  We will also have a Gift Exchange through Elfster: You do not have to participate in the gift exchange to attend dinner. 

If you want to participate in the gift exchange, email Janett Matthews at by Friday, December 1, 2023.  Matches will be notified on Monday, December 4, 2023, to allow for shopping/shipping.