Many Voices. One Hampton Alumni.
Like many Hamptonians, my memories of times as a student at Hampton (‘94 & ‘00), are full of nurturing, growth and friends for life.
My vision for the National Hampton Alumni Association is to broaden those Hampton virtues to develop an organization that is not only a leader among HBCUs, we will be a Global Community Leader.
As alumni, our reach and influence not only touches the future of our fine institution, it touches corporations and non-profits; entertainment and policy; design and development. Hamptonians are influencing the future and the National Hampton Alumni Association, under my leadership, will be there to assist in paving the way for our community of alumni.
Giving is simply what we do.
For the four years I have spent as the president of the Atlanta Chapter and the 20 years I have spent as a co-class leader for the Mighty Ogre VIII Class of 1994, we have work to change to culture of Giving from a mindset of “What I Might Do” to “Giving is what we do”. It is built in to every initiative. I have pushed this because I, like many other alumni, understand that everything that we have accomplished is made possible because of Hampton on a resume, the network that Alumni bring and the knowledge and confidence poured into us as students. Giving is an obligation for what we have gained. As national alumni president, I will help local chapters to grow the culture of Giving so that our Home By The Sea will see the class of 2025 with the security of financial surety.
Supporting Hamptonians in business and industry will be a main initiative for my cabinet in 2018-19. It is vital that alumni can count on the NHAA to assist them in connecting with other alumni. I will encourage local chapters to think “micro-engagement” to allow for smaller and more meaningful connections for networking. In addition, utilizing technology for knowledge sharing to make proximity disappear in our effort to grow our intellectual capital.
Many Alumni. One Hampton.
When I talked to Hamptonians across the generations, it is clear that everyone’s time on the yard is unique to them. We may have dorms and majors in common, yet our experiences are unique to the people we were surrounded by. It is my hope that as your president of NHAA Inc. that we create opportunities to not only, relive your magical Hampton Moment, but that we create new Alumni Memories that are inclusive of new friends for life. One goal is to begin an international travel group to visit Hamptonians across the globe, to learn about ancestral contributions to the global society and to contribute to communities internationally.
My vision of NHAA Inc is inclusive of diverse ideas regardless of Region or Generation. That allows for any decade of Hamptonian to feel welcomed and valued in a broader Hampton experience.
I look forward to serving as your next NHAA Inc President.
Michelle R Gipson
Class of 1994/00
Atlanta Chapter President