With this school year officially over, I wanted to take a moment to look back at all that the BSU has accomplished this year. The many collaborations and events that happened this year were a result of the hard work of many people and brought our community together. A special shoutout to Ivonne Headley, Brianna DaSilva, Gabriel Martin-Scruse, Nkosi Edwards and Lule Aden for all the incredible work they did this year as members of the executive board; words cannot express how grateful I feel to have had the honor of working with y'all this year.
However, an exec board without members is like pulling an all nighter without coffee; this year's BSU members truly made the organization shine! Though attendance wasn't always that high at meetings, the passion, vision and dedication of many new members and returning ones as well were behind every successful event this year. In particular, I would like to recognize Harmony Edosamam, the incoming President on next year's executive board, for her vision of transforming BSU into an advocacy based organization for black people and people of color at UVM and across Vermont. Along with EJ Ebaro-Best and Teya Hamilton, she developed a plan for Unifying Black Vermont and working with organizations across the state to effectively advocate for racial justice.
With Daneil Whyte as Publicist (already stepping up the game 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! Below is a list of this year's collaborations and events (be sure to comment about which you liked best) and a few photos from the last meeting and the End of the year MCSC Celebration.
Wishing you all a joyful and rejuvenating,
P.S. If you haven't already seen Meghan and Nishani's film, it's 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