Student Organization Spotlight: Black Student Union

We are very excited to feature the Black Student Union for our Student Organization Spotlight this week!  Osariemen Aiyevbomwan answered questions on behave of this student organization.  Please view her responses below to learn more!

What is the goal of your student organization?

The Black Student Union is dedicated to the theme of “Unity in Heritage,” and the principles of self-determination, self-awareness, and unity. Through programming and discourse around culture, race, and other intersecting aspects of our Black experiences, the Black Student Union strives to unite and further develop students into change agents in the struggle for Black liberation.

Who is welcome to join your student organization?

Any and every student who self-identifies as Black

How can students connect with your organization?

Why did you first join this student organization?

I joined BSU because I have always found safety, joy, and most importantly, visibility, among other Black folks. In my first moments in Binghamton, BSU has provided all of that and more. There, I found camaraderie and a family away from home.

What are some examples of events or programs that your student organization participates in or plans?

Black History Month, Club fairs, Black Solidarity Day, Black Museum

As a student leader, how important is it for students to get involved on campus?

Getting involved on campus is a great way to strengthen community organizing skills, communication and other leadership skills that are transferable in any space. Getting involved on campus can also ease the acclimation process to college life and be a great way to build community with the folks you’ll be spending the next four years with.

What skills do you feel members gain from being a part of your organization?

Organization skills, time management, oratory skills, event planning, communication, critical thinking, and project management to name a few.

By Sophia Givre ’11, MA ’13, PhD ’17
Sophia Givre ’11, MA ’13, PhD ’17 Career Consultant Sophia Givre ’11, MA ’13, PhD ’17