African-American Employee BRG

Multicultural group of business colleagues

Our Impact

  • Professional development through mentoring programs and educational sessions
  • Networking opportunities through social events
  • Community volunteer opportunities to make a difference in the community
  • Learn about key National American leaders through Annual Signature events
  • Recruitment and Career Opportunities

Our Vision

  • To embrace a diverse culture of care, trust, integrity, and inclusion for African Americans.

Our Mission

  • To support UT Southwestern’s mission by creating a positive and inclusive environment facilitating personal growth, institutional advancement, health and wellness.

Our Leadership

Valla Wilson

Valla Wilson
Executive Sponsor

Gabrielle Hawthorne

Gabrielle Hawthorne

LaTonya Rosales

LaTonya Rosales

Our Committee Leads

Mia Murphy
Virginia Valentin

Communications & Marketing
Billy Stevenson III
Cheryl White
Keshon Henderson

Professional Development
Joshua Franklin
Iran Smith


“Justice is the state that exists when there is equity, balance, and harmony in relationships and in society. Injustice is the state that exists when unjust people do violence to peace and shalom and create inequity, imbalance, and dissonance.”
Ken Wytsma

Featured AAE-BRG News

Black History Month speaker urges audience to transform the world through the 'power of one'

Dr. James E.K. Hildreth gives the keynote speech during the Black History Month celebration held on Feb. 13.

In celebration of Black History Month, UT Southwestern hosts an annual campus event where national leaders in the areas of medicine, government, or higher education are invited to campus to share knowledge and celebrate the achievements by African Americans and other diverse populations in U.S. history. 

UTSW honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Event Dr. Dayna Matthew

Dr. Dayna Bowen Matthew stood before a packed campus audience and challenged every person attending to reduce health care disparities. On a screen behind her were maps of Dallas that vividly showed how these differences still exist – even more than a half-century after passage of the Civil Rights Act. Dr. Matthew, keynote speaker for UT Southwestern’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration, emphasized how justice in medicine starts with the individuals in the room, as well as with UT Southwestern as an institution.

Faculty who founded DFW Association of Black Psychologists connect with community to advance mental health

Assistant Professors of Psychiatry Drs. Olufunke Awosogba, Jennifer Mayfield, Mona Robbins, and Michael Selders

Assistant Professors of Psychiatry Drs. Olufunke Awosogba, Jennifer Mayfield, Mona Robbins, and Michael Selders co-founded and lead a local organization that seeks to advance awareness of mental health concerns that affect the black community, with a focus on education, service, training, academic advancement, mentorship, and peer networking. The organization also provides a collective space where black psychologists can share personal and professional experiences.

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