ACHIEVER will be a members-only periodical. The full-color magazine is published annually and mailed to members of OneDSA. As an award-winning publication, ACHIEVER communicates the stories of the people, trends, events, and issues of Detoit School of Arts and Achievers everywhere. (Shad Bowens)


Businesses may directly advertise to a local or national market through various print and electronic communications. Opportunities will be described in detail in the OneDSA media kit.


As part of the OneDSA Arts Challenge, OneDSA will establish a $10,000 outreach and engagement endowment to support essential and new program and service opportunities.


This group of on-campus alumni relations officers works to build and enhance the relationships of Detroit School of Arts alumni, friends, and students with their respective colleges, the Department of Athletics, the DSA Foundation, Admissions, Outreach, and the OneDSA Alumni Association through communication and events, both collaboratively and separately.


OneDSA will offer a number of different programs to help businesses and corporations showcase their products or services by building a stronger relationship with Detroit School of Arts students, alumni, and friends. Opportunities include: sponsorship, advertising, business membership, affinity member partners, and benefit partners.


The academic-year calendar will feature colorful photos of the DSA campus taken by an award-winning photographer and will be mailed in July free of charge to all OneDSA Alumni Association members. Some production costs are recovered through sales of calendars in local bookstores and through the Alumni Association.


A variety of both formal and informal alumni networking and social events are planned throughout the year including young alumni events, a corporate blitz, engagement opportunities at public events and festivals and opportunities to purchase discounted tickets to local events.


All alumni and OneDSA Alumni Association members are eligible to create free personal email accounts in the domain “” thanks to partnership between the OneDSA and Google that began in 2017.


This signature Detroit event will raise money for student and alumni outreach programming. Event features silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and mingling with fellow Achievers. (Crystal Young/Shad Bowens)

College Resources

Current DSA students cann access a vast database of college resources including admission applications scholarships and ther opportunities through


Making an in-kind or financial gift to the Friends of DSA Foundation to support the OneDSA Alumni Association is an option that alumni, students, and friends can choose. Tax-deductible gift options include the following: becoming a Sustaining Life Donor, purchasing a plaque on the Wall of Alumni and Friends, making an outright gift, selecting a naming opportunity associated with the OneDSA Alumni Association, making an endowment gift to the Association Programs Endowment, or funding an item listed on the Association’s Wish List.


Homecoming week is one of the most exciting times of the year for DSA Alumni and current students. Students on the Homecoming Central Committee will organize a variety of activities throughout the week, including tours, a pep rally, community service projects, and a newly reinstated parade. Other activities include the Board meeting, Honors and Awards recognition, reunions, and a big Homecoming tailgate at the school prior to the homecoming kickoff. It’s a week that is too fun to miss!


This program will be held held annually in May. Volunteers who have served on the OneDSA Board of Directors or any of the Board’s committees or task forces, as well as those appointed by the Board to any external OneDSA Board and insitution-affiliated committees, councils, etc., are announced and/or honored. DSA faculty and staff who had a significant influence on the personal and professional lives of DSA alumni are honored with the Faculty-Staff Inspiration Award.

Denise Davis-Cotton LEGACY CLUB

A legacy is any child who is lucky enough to have one or more parent or grandparent who is an Achiever. The Legacy Club is designed to educate legacies about DSA and strengthen the bond they share with DSA through their parents or grandparents. Enrolled children, who must each be sponsored by a current OneDSA member, receive exclusive birthday gifts and invitations to events meant to excite their Achiever spirit. DSA senior students who are members of the Legacy Club will wear a special cord at commencement.


OneDSA offers opportunities for businesses to sponsor many of its programs and events. Sponsors receive brand recognition and visibility at these events in return for their commitment.


Annual and life membership dues will provide nearly 20 percent of the Association’s annual operating budget so support alumni and student programs and outreach. Although most members are graduates, anyone is eligible to join. Graduates are eligible for the New Grad program for five years after obtaining their DSA diploma. DSA faculty/staff receive a discounted rate. Businesses are also eligible to join OneDSA.

Note: Membership dues are non-refundable and non-transferable. A joint membership consists of a maximum of two people living at the same address whose records are joined in the DSA Foundation/Alumni Association constituents’ system.


Benefits would include the DSA calendar, ACHIEVER magazine, online services (including the online alumni directory), discounts on event registrations, a 10% discount on most items at the DSA Book Store.


Each Alumni Association member receives a membership card that shows their membership type, expiration date, and member code which can be used to access online benefits. The membership card must be shown to receive discounts at selected businesses. A “key chain” card is provided for members’ convenience.


Alumni Association members receive a “Member” or “Life Member” sheet of decals to display in the windows of their vehicles, on their electronic devices, or in their homes/offices.


The Alumni Association offers a variety of unique DSA items to students, alumni, and friends to purchase online and at events. OneDSA Alumni Association members will receive a 10% discount on most items. 


Association members may use the online alumni directory to find and connect with friends and classmates, or network with other Achievers in their area or career field. This robust search tool allows members to search by name, maiden name, location, class year, major, student organizations and residences, and current business information — or by other custom search criteria. In the online community, members may also edit their profiles, update their information, read and post class notes, and view coupon codes for member benefits. The directory is also mobile-friendly.


The Alumni Association will provide support for various annual and special reunions, including class reunions, that are held throughout the year.


The Wall, (to be located inside the school), will provide a way for all alumni, students, and friends of Detroit School of Arts to participate and be permanently acknowledged, honored, or remembered at Detroit School of Arts. Each plaque may include the individual’s name, DSA major, and an optional personal message. An annual ceremony will be held to honor individuals who have passed away during the previous year, at which time a metal African voliet symbol will be added to those plaques.

Wall of Alumni and Friends rates

Members: $150

Non-members: $200

Veterans: $100


The Alumni Association’s presence on the Web ( will provide information on Alumni Association programs and services, college & university resources, career resources,  and a calendar of on- and off-campus events. Alumni also can join online, update their addresses, and register for events.


The council consists of up to 13 graduates from the past 10 years, up to two current students, and one liaison from the OneDSA Board of Directors. The YAC provides guidance, recommendations, and assistance to help the Association achieve its goal of strengthening the relationship between graduates of the past 12 years and Detroit School of Arts. Targeted event planning, membership drives, marketing campaigns, and various communications such as the monthly electronic Young Alumni News are being directed toward this growing demographic. Young alumni are the future keys to volunteerism, membership, advancement, and enrollment at Detroit chool of Arts.


Mentors will be vetted and background checked before assigned to students that apply to receive mentors. Mentors are asked to committ to at least 2 school days a month and one weekend day.

Tutors will be vetted and asked to volunteer as needed.