When BALANCE Co-Founder Jessica Huertas ’94 made the Lehigh alumni affinity group’s Facebook page public on a Friday in June 2010, she was thrilled when there were nearly 50 followers by the end of the weekend. Now, the Black and Latinx Alumni Network for Community and Equity (BALANCE) group has more than 600 registered members and is celebrating its 10-year milestone with goals to grow, engage and give. The initiative is known as BALANCE 2020 and includes special regional and campus events throughout the year.
“BALANCE is only as strong as its membership, and the level of impact that we can have on Lehigh will strongly depend on our overall level of engagement,” said Mario Paredes ’11, co-executive director of BALANCE. “If BALANCE increases the size of its network and leverages the strength and resources of our community members, then Lehigh stands to win.”