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Black Alumnae Conference 2018

November 9–11, 2018



Events will take place Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

  • Come have lunch with current students, tour the campus, enjoy a cocktail reception with President Sonya Stephens and talk about life after MHC.
  • Hear about the State of the College and discuss the state of black women and America. 
  • Celebrate 50 years of black women’s leadership on campus and in the world.
  • Connect with sisters from around the world.

Click each item below for more information:

> Schedule of Events
Preliminary Weekend Overview

Friday, November 9, 2018

11 a.m.–6 p.m.: Registration
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

Noon–2 p.m.: Alumnae-Student Lunch
Dining Commons, Community Center

2:30–4 p.m.: Campus Tours
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

4–6 p.m.: Open Worship
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

4–6 p.m.: Cocktail Reception with President Sonya Stephens
Students must have a government issued ID to be served alcohol. Photocopies not accepted. 
President’s House

7–9 p.m.: Dinner and Panel Discussion: “Life after MHC”
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

10 p.m.–1 a.m.: M&Cs
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

Saturday, November 10, 2018

7–8 a.m.: Gym/Yoga/Exercise/Walk/BGR/GirlTrek
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

8:30–9:30 a.m.: Breakfast Table Talks/Sister Girl Time
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

9:30–10:15 a.m.: Conference Welcome
Livestream available here.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

10:30–11:45 a.m.: Panel: “Show Me the Money”
Livestream available here.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

Noon–1:30 p.m.: Lunch Panel: “State of the College”
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

2–3 p.m.: Keynote: “State of Black Women in America”
Livestream available here.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

3:30–5 p.m.: Screening: “Capturing the Flag”
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Please join us for a film featuring Laverne Berry ’71, about a tight-knit group of friends who travel to Cumberland County in North Carolina – a poster child for voter suppression in 2016 – who are intent on proving that the big idea of American democracy can be defended by small acts of individual citizens.

4–6 p.m.: Open Worship
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

6:30 p.m.: Group Photo
Williston Memorial Library Atrium

7–9 p.m.: Celebration Dinner: “Celebrating Our Sisters”
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
Dress for the Celebration Dinner is semi-formal.

10 p.m.–1 a.m.: Throwback Party
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

Sunday, November 11, 2018

7–8 a.m.: Gym/Yoga/Exercise/Walk/BGR/GirlTrek
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

8–9 a.m.: Master Coaching Session with Akua Soadwa ’03
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

9:15–11 a.m.: Worship Service and Voices of Faith Choir Reunion
Abbey Memorial Chapel

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Brunch & Panel Discussion: “Power Down, Find Your Happy”
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

1–5 p.m.: “At Home”
Betty Shabazz Cultural Center

> Dress code

Weekend dress code: Smart casual

Saturday dinner: Semi-formal

> Transportation

Several companies provide transportation service to and from campus with advance reservations.

Exclusive Car Service: 877-695-4665
Century Limo: 413-543-5466
Valley Transporter: 800-872-8752
Bluebird Transportation: 413-221-4512

> Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the hotels listed below. Please reserve your accommodations using the group codes provided. To save on room costs, consider sharing with another conference attendee. Shuttles will not be provided to and from hotels.

Rodeway Inn (Hadley-Amherst Area)
237 Russell Street, SR9
Hadley, MA 01035
Rate: $170 per night plus occupancy tax
For reservations call the hotel directly at 413-584-9816 and request the MHC Black Alumnae Conference group block. Reserve by October 8, 2018, for the group rate.

Hampton Inn (Hadley-Amherst Area)
24 Bay Road
Hadley, MA 01035
Rate: $170 per night plus occupancy tax
Click here to book online. Select dates desired then type in the group code EMC in the group/convention code box. This will provide group availability and rate. Reservations may also be made by calling 413-586-4851 and refer to group code EMC. Reserve by October 8, 2018, for the group rate.

Hampton Inn Chicopee
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
Rate: $129 per night plus occupancy tax
For reservations call the hotel directly at 413-593-1500 and use BAC as the group code. Reserve by October 17, 2018, for the group rate.

Hampton Inn Springfield
851 East Columbus Avenue
Springfield, MA 01105
Rate: $179 per night plus occupancy tax
Click here to book online. Reserve by October 8, 2018, for the group rate.

Tru by Hilton Chicopee
440 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
Rate: $119 per night plus occupancy tax
For reservations call 413-331-5155 and use Group Code MTH

> Parking

Parking will be available in faculty/staff lots or spaces throughout the weekend. Parking passes are not required.

> Cancellation/Refund Policy

A full refund will be issued provided notification is made by email or by phone at 413-538-2201 by October 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Cancellations or changes to your registration after this date are not refundable, as we have given firm commitments and guarantees to vendors and other partners that generate non-refundable expenses.


If you do not wish to register online, you can download a print registration form here or call 413-538-2201 to register by phone. 

C Dale Gadsden ’84 and Deborah Northcross ’73
Conference co-chairs