Affinity Programs


Be part of a more equitable and inclusive community at Lehigh University. Black and Latinx Alumni Network for Community and Equity (BALANCE) not only facilitates relationships among Black and Latinx students and alumni, but also encourages alumni engagement with the university’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

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Northern New Jersey BALANCE event

In This Image: Northern New Jersey BALANCE event

Northern New Jersey BALANCE event

In This Image: Northern New Jersey BALANCE event

Northern New Jersey BALANCE event

In This Image: 2019 BALANCE event

BALANCE Lunch 2018

In This Image: BALANCE Lunch 2018

BALANCE Lunch 2018

In This Image: BALANCE Lunch 2018


  • Build a network of Black and Latinx alumni to facilitate their affiliation with each other and the university.
  • Reach out to Black and Latinx alumni to engage them in the life of the university.
  • Provide university leadership with input to influence the policies and practices on diversity.
  • Involve Black and Latinx alumni in the university's strategies to support retention and assist with the recruitment of well qualified or outstanding Black and Latinx students.
  • Establish a program for alumni to serve as mentors and provide career development guidance for students.

Since 2010, BALANCE has worked to connect Black and Latinx alumni and students to create a more inclusive Lehigh community. BALANCE now has more than 600 registered members, each of whom are a critical part of celebrating diversity as an asset to Lehigh University. 

Connect with fellow alumni across the country and around the world who share your commitment to diversity and inclusion.

BALANCE hosts special regional and campus events throughout the year to encourage interaction between Lehigh and its Black and Latinx students and alumni. 

Engage with BALANCE through everything from regional kick-off events to being an on-campus BALANCE ambassador, which can include celebrating milestone events, networking with first-generation students, and serving as a panelist for Diversity Life Weekend.

In just a couple hours per month, you can make a real difference in the lives of Lehigh students and other alumni. We have opportunities ranging from executive leadership to representing BALANCE on a regional club board. Contact us at to get involved. 

Lehigh people are making waves, leading companies, and contributing to societies all over the world. We have several ways to showcase these accomplishments, from the Alumni Bulletin to Mountain Talk webinars to blog posts. Know of someone whose work the Lehigh community should know about? Nominate them (and yourself!) to be featured in a Lehigh publication or activity.

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Lehigh Connects is the university’s official alumni career networking platform. It’s where students and alumni go to find advice and mentors, as well as search job shadowing and project opportunities. BALANCE also has a discussion board, where members post job and business opportunities for other alumni, seek advice, and ask for or give referrals. Note that during registration you have the option to identify yourself as Black or Latinx, which may be helpful to students and other alumni looking to network. 

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Lehigh University Development and Alumni Relations earned the 2024 Alumni Association Inclusive Excellence Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

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