Get To Know: The Black Student Organization - Inclusion Assistant Newsletter

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WHAT IS THE BLACK STUDENT ORGANIZATION (BSO)?

The Black Student Organization was founded in 2020 in light of the Black Lives Matter Movement with the over-arching goal of reflecting on Anti-Blackness at Western Washington University and creating change.

Selome Zeri founded the Black Student Organization along with leaders from the Black Student Union (BSU), the African Caribbean Club (ACC), the Black Revolutionary Womxn Group (BWRG), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Men's Resiliency Group.

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Black Student Union (BSU)

BSU strives to: "promote cultural and political awareness; facilitate meaningful converations; be active in political and social change; and support all Black students and BSU club members by providing resources for personal and academic success"

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African Caribbean Club (ACC)

"The African Caribbean club is a place where anyone is welcome. We celebrate, appreciate, and love to share our culture."

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WHAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE AND WHAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE?

CONTINUED GOALS AND DEMANDS

  • Create a Black Student Space
  • Defund all travel of AS employees and invest the money into Black Students.
  • Create the funded Black Student Coalition with paid staff

PROGRESS

  • Black Student Organization's Development Specialist (Paid student job position).
  • Starting to plan for the Black Culture Center.

COMMUNITY WORK (FUNDED BY STUDENTS)

  • Back to school goodie bags for new and returning students
  • Providing resources about and protection from Proud Boys in Bellingham.
  • Providing food for students who need it.
  • Protests for Black Lives Matter.
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Glory Busic

South Campus Inclusion Assistant

Email: busicg@wwu.edu

Mondays: 3-4pm (With Percy, use Glory's Zoom)

Wednesdays: 2-3pm

1 hour a week for additional appointments

Also available to go on a walk or talk in person in a COVID safe way.

Meet over Zoom

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Percy Metcalf

North Campus Inclusion Assistant

Email: metcals5@wwu.edu

Mondays: 3-4pm (with Glory, use Glory's Zoom)

Fridays: 1-2pm

1 hour a week for additional appointments

Also available to go on a walk or talk in person in a COVID safe way.

Meet over Zoom

JANUARY

  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 27th: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

FEBRUARY

  • Black History Month

 

  • 12th: Chinese Spring Festival
  • 20th: World Day of Social Justice
  • 21st: International Mother Language Day