One of the most exciting parts of school starting back is that we get to kick off the second year of our Black Belt Friday Bus Tours! Last year, we visited each of our regions, carrying over 100 members of the UAB community with us as we traveled over 500 miles over the course of the year. These bus trips work as a way to build relationships between our GEAR UP Alabama students and UAB students, faculty, and staff, and this year, we're excited to announce that we have six trips planned! 
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During these trips, we spend time with our GUA students mentoring, tutoring, celebrating, and more. They are designed to encourage both the GUA students and those of you that choose to join us on the trips. We want to share our stories, hear their stories, and let our time together be beneficial for everyone involved. You can read about last years' trip to Montgomery by clicking here! 

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Dr. Cora Causey and Dr. Jennifer Summerlin, UAB professors, were just two
members of the incredible UAB community to join us on our bus trips!

This year, we hope the trips will be better than ever, but we can't make that happen without you! All members of the UAB community and all partners are welcome to join us on just one, or all, of our trips throughout this fall and spring. Click on the date below to be taken to the sign up for that specific trip.

January 18th || Butler County
February 8th || Montgomery
March 1st || Wilcox County 

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about the Black Belt Bus Tours, please contact Ashton Ray at