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African American and Black Employee Network

Greetings and welcome to the University of Wyoming African American/Black Employee Network

Greetings. My name is Kwanna King. I serve as the University Registrar. My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration and my graduate degree is in Human Relations. I am currently working on my doctoral degree. As an Oklahoma native, I find that Laramie, Wyoming is not so dissimilar to my home town and state. “Why Wyoming?” has been the question I have been asked most. My response has been and will always be, I was led to Wyoming. A great foundation paired with the desire to build is the perfect marriage between the University of Wyoming and I.


Derrick Mason is an Educator, Creative, Motivator and Entrepreneur bringing over 16 years of library experience to his role as Innovative Media and Learning Spaces Librarian at UW Libraries. His tenure in Librarianship has awarded him the opportunity to work with diverse populations ranging from working class neighborhoods to affluent suburban communities. He has engaged in educational programs with at-risk urban youth and tech curious senior citizens. Derrick is currently the Recording Secretary for the Colorado Black Librarians Association. 

A tech enthusiast since the age of 5, Derrick stays on top of the latest innovations in maker culture, content creation, and integrated media and infuses this knowledge to become a successful information professional.

Derrick's philosophy of Learning is steeped in the Philosophy of Humanism. He believes we are all citizens of the community of Earth and therefore have an inherit responsibility to respect and nurture one another. Derrick is a lifelong learner with a passion to inspire others to achieve their dreams.

When not tinkering with his latest gadget, Derrick enjoys Photography, Cross Country Road Trips, Genealogy, Pro Wrestling and cheering on the Cleveland Browns.

African American/Black Employee Network Purpose

The African American/Black Employee Network (AABEN) strives to facilitate the success of African American professionals at the University of Wyoming by enriching their professional lives, promoting environments that welcome, value, and influence our diversity by creating meaningful connections and contributing to our community. All events hosted by AABEN are meant to create an inclusive environment for all African American/Black employees by way of social gatherings, mentorship, and cultural events.


Fall 2019 was the inaugural presence of the African American/Black Employee Network and garnered considerable interest. The webpage for AABEN will provide up-to-date events throughout the academic year. For questions and/or inquiries, please contact Kwanna King, via email, at I anticipate cultivating meaningful relationships with UW professionals that identify with the newly established E-NET.

Kwanna King Headshot





 Derrick Mason



"If you want to go first go alone. If you want to go far go together." - African Proverb

 Upcoming African American and Black E-Net Events

Meet and Greet

Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

To receive Zoom Information please RSVP to Farcett Patrick at

Event Flyer


Social/Mentoring Gathering

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 5:00 p.m.

Wyoming Student Union 315

E-Net Information Flyer






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