Spotlight on Clubs: Black Student Union
Black Student Union on the PLV Campus aims to foster a feeling of unity among Black students and students across all cultural lines. Learn more about how BSU is making a difference in this club Q&A.
With a mission of uplifting the multi-cultural student community, Black Student Union on the PLV Campus aims to promote leadership, encourage unity, and provide fun and informative events to bring everyone together. In this interview with BSU PLV President Adina McCray ’18, learn about how the club is sparking unity and find out how you can get involved.
Q: What makes your club unique to Pace?
A: I think what makes BSU unique is that although we are trying to create a space for Black students on campus to make them feel welcome and represented, our mission statement specifically states that we are here to promote unity on campus. That’s applicable to all students, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Q: What is one of your proudest moments as a club?
A: One of my proudest moments last year was when BSU hosted the DJ Henry Memorial Walk. The PLV Campus lost a great student during a police altercation in 2010 and last October marked the five year anniversary of his death. BSU organized a symbolic walk from Shirley Beth’s Way to Goldstein Fitness Center, and we had over 100 students and faculty in attendance. DJ’s parents were there and they were very touched, and everyone was able to speak kind words about DJ and the legacy he left behind. With the recurrent police shootings happening across the country, then and now, it was great to see so many people come out to honor a student who passed in the same fashion.
Q: Why should students join your club?
A: I think people should join the Black Student Union if they understand what Black people are going through in America today and if they want to show their support. I think people should also join if they are looking for a group of peers who are like them and share some of their same ideas. And of course, you can definitely join BSU if you want to have a good time because we always have fun.
Q: What signature events and achievements is BSU known for?
A: BSU is known for the annual block party on Miller Lawn that we hold at the very beginning of the fall semester to kick off the year. This year we had DJ Zeke come out and keep the music going and we raffled off a t-shirt and a BSU swag bag.
Q: If you could describe your club in a few words, what would they be?
A: A few words I’d use to describe BSU are unity, leadership, awareness, and fun.
Q: What are the goals of your club?
A: As I mentioned before, our mission statement is to unify Black students among one another and all students across cultural lines. We try to achieve that by holding events that are educational and promote discussion of issues in this country, as well as events that will bring people together through social activities.
Q: How can students get involved?
A: We meet every Monday at 9:15 p.m. Anyone who would like to get involved can first join us at our weekly meetings! They can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter (@pace_bsu) to hear about our upcoming events if they can’t make it to the meetings. BSU is always looking for new members and we would love to see new faces at our meetings and events!
Check out BSU’s next event “The Strong, The Bold, The Beautiful” on Monday, November 7, from 9:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. in the Kessel Multipurpose Room, where the club will celebrate and discuss natural beauty by sharing hair and makeup tips.
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