With the school year officially over, I wanted to take a moment to look back and appreciate everything that the Black Student Union has accomplished this year. From collaborations to events to new partnerships, it was a full and exciting year. Below is a list of all the events and collaborations of this year, but it is not the number of events nor the recognition that BSU received this year (the exec board team received the Roger Summers award at the MCSC Banquet this spring) that is cause for celebration. Rather, it is the continued engagement and hard work of everyone in the BSU Community that truly made this year a success. A special shout out to Ivonne Headley, Brianna DaSilva, Gabriel Martin-Scruse, Nkosi Edwards and Lule Aden for all their contributions this year; it was an immense honor to serve on the exec board with y'all this year and I've learned more from each of you than I can ever express in words.
That being said, an exec board without members is like pulling an all nighter without coffee; this year's members were awesome. Though numbers weren't always that high at general body meetings, the enthusiasm and passion with which new members and outgoing seniors alike engaged in the BSU this year made everything possible. Harmony Edosamam, the incoming President for next year, has been especially inspiring in her vision for transforming BSU into an advocacy organization for black students and people of color at UVM and across Vermont. With Daneil Whyte as Publicist (who's already gotten the ball rolling with a BSU snapchat), Alexa Herrera as Community Outreach Coordinator and Gabriel Martin-Scruse and myself returning as Vice President and Treasurer, respectively, it is sure to be another fantastic year.
Wishing you all a peaceful, rejuvenating and meaningful summer,
P.S. If you haven't already seen Meghan and Nishani's film, it is on the front page of our website. Definitely check it out and share it with everyone you know!
BSU EVENTS AND COLLABORATIONS 2016-2017
•Soul Food Social - September
•Apple picking field trip for SFS
•Attended Zumba class with Alianza Latinx - Sep/Oct
•Crazy 80’s Halloween Party collab with UPB - October
•Invited Real Food Revolution to speak at general body meeting/helped with Food Day - November
•Resume Building Workshop collab with Career Center and Alianza Latinx - November
•Collaboration with WOC and Screened the Documentary 13th and held discussion - Nov
•Collab with Feel Good Grilled Cheese - Nov/Dec
•Apple Picking - Sept
•Went to Middlebury to see Shaun King - Nov
•Talent Show collaboration with Campus Programs - 5th
•MLK Gallery Walk - January
•4 Part Screening & Discussion of Hidden Colors - Feb
•Mac n cheese fundraiser - Feb
•Art exhibition - Feb
•Fashion Show -Feb
•Teen night with DREAM - April
•Carnival event in collaboration with VSTEP, Campus Programs and Caribbean House - April
•End of year MCSC Celebration - May