After approximately two years of inactivity, the Black Student Union (BSU) is back on campus.
“I wanted to reactivate the organization because I felt as though there was not an RSO on campus that specifically focused on the African American student in regards to education, culture, wellness, etcetera,” said Ferris history and sociology junior and president of BSU Durshana Kirby.
According to Kirby, the organization’s purpose is to plan and promote initiatives and programs on an academic, cultural, intellectual, social and political level that keeps students—specifically but not limited to African Americans—actively involved in achieving success.
BSU aims to promote unity and create programs conductive to the spiritual, educational and social well-being of all people, especially those of African American descent.
“Many of the students over the last several years who wanted to move the organization forward graduated,” said Ferris Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services and BSU advisor Dr. Matthew Chaney. “The organization has been challenged with having enough freshmen, sophomores and juniors who would be around to help create a solid foundation so that the organization can thrive and be successful on our campus.”
According to Chaney, BSU’s impact should be to encouraging academic excellence and increasing intellectual discourse regarding success as a college student.
“I know and understand the need and importance of African American students to see positive images, role models and mentors on college campuses,” Chaney said. “Particularly role models who come from similar backgrounds and in many instances share their story and aspirations of earning a quality education. I desire to inspire students who are committed to a healthy and successful educational journey.”
People of all races and backgrounds are welcome to join, and meetings are open to the public.
“I chose to get involved and lead because I am passionate about educating others on African American and black culture,” Kirby said. “I believe it is my duty to lead others and myself on the path of learning and development, and I am glad that I am able to do this through BSU.”
Any student who shares the vision of the organization are encouraged to get involved. Follow the organization on Instagram @bsu_ferris, contact the organization via OrgSync or at firstname.lastname@example.org.