On December 12, 2016, Huey Ball and Marcus Clarke attended a Big 10 CEO Directors of Alumni meeting in Chicago. They met with the Big 10 alumni organizations to present a paper describing the Association of Black Alumni Organizations (ABAO). The Big 10 organizations were asked what they thought of the idea and if a partnership could be developed with them. The response was overwhelmingly favorable. They were very supportive of the idea and encouraged us to continue to develop the organization.