Students of African and Latinx descent, as well as the general student body of Pratt, benefit from the myriad of high quality programs and events BAP organizes. BAP events gather and galvanize alumni, students, the Pratt community, trustees, corporations and friends. The high caliber of professionals, distinguished individuals and leaders within the BAP network support the prestige and unique profile of Pratt, and funnels new and important resources, both intellectually and financially, into the Institute.
To engage new and current students and alumni BAP hosts events for Orientation Day and Alumni Day and participates in events with other departments and organizations, such as Student Affairs, HEOP, Art and Design, Art and Design Education, and Alumni Relations.
For more than two decades BAP’s annual Career Day has brought together alumni and local high school students. During the half-day event students hear from alumni of African and Latino descent who have made great strides in their fields, learn what Pratt has to offer in various disciplines, and enjoy lunch and quality time with alumni and BAP staff. Career Day is held in March.
The BAP annual holiday parties celebrate outstanding alumni and distinguished leaders. Honorees have included the late actors and activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, film directors Dianne Houston and Charles Stone III, author Tonya Lewis Lee, philanthropist Malaak Compton-Rock, tech guru Omar Wasow, entrepreneur and interior designer Lesly Zamor, and artists Danny Simmons, Mickalene Thomas, Derrick Adams, Brian Wood, and many more. Additionally, BAP has made visits to donate gifts to non-profit organizations supporting children and older adults.
An intimate special event held to applaud those who continuously lend their support to BAP in many ways and who have been, and continue to be, extraordinary in their careers. BAP’s first high tea honored several women for their outstanding work in the media. The tradition has continued as one of BAP’s recurring events cultivating new supporters and acknowledging the legacy of others.