hey! i'm a student at brown university and the new president of our black student union. shoutout to y'all for holding it down during that crazy blackface incident. anyways, i'll be visting uci for the first time this summer doing an internship. will any of you all be there this summer?! lol i'm lowkey scared that i won't see any black people in this area of cali.
Yes! Contact us on Facebook. A majority of our board is on campus this summer and we will be having events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/uci.bsu/
For those following the UCI BSU’s AntiBlackness Campaign, some outcomes have already come to pass!
Following one of our demands, a Black centered retention plan has been installed and will be enacted in the upcoming school year! There will be a new course directed specifically towards Black freshman and transfer students (“those interested in the African diaspora”) to help their transition once officially onto campus. This gives an even greater strength to work of the Black Student Union. There is also a new position in the UCI Student Outreach and Retention (SOAR) Center that will be working with BSU in order to protect and aid UCI Black students, while also fortifying our SOAR Center.
As far as an official punitive policy and our other demands, there is still much work to be done. We are continuing to work as a community and transitioning board to see through our desired policies.
Thank you so much to all the communities who expressed support during our time of need. We are appreciative of all efforts that were made, seen and unseen. We will continue to work hard with and for our communities both on and off campus.
Hey there chicken tenders!!! I hope week six is going well for you all and that everyone is not too stressed out yet. In times of stress, I recommend dancing and food; they’re quite soothing.
Anywho…. for those of you who don’t know me and are not acquainted with me, my name is Rashida Blade and I am your current Secretary Chair for BSU! I am a fourth year transfer student, so officially this is my second year at UCI. I am a double major in African-American Studies and English with a minor in creative writing. So if any of you need guidance or some editing done with writing papers, I am more than willing to lend a helping hand!!! I have a lot of goals when it comes to my future, one of them being going to graduate school to get my M.F.A [Masters in Fine Arts]. Working as an editor with a magazine and eventually creating my own is something I strive to do, as well as, and hopefully writing [at least one] best seller. I’m also very passionate about people, especially black people, so I would love to always be a part of non-profit organizations, both on and off campus.
All of my classes have been a challenge to me, which I enjoy because I like being challenged, but the one that has impacted me the most was Dr. Tiffany Willoughby-Herard’s African-American 40C class. One of the most impactful things about that class was the moments of silence we would have before each class in memory of someone that may have been “forgotten” in the black community, who was murdered by hate. That really touched me and reiterated my reasoning for the path I want to follow in life.
My duties and responsibilities, for my position, are all about organization and being on top of things. I’m in charge of taking notes for every board meeting that we, as an executive board, have, making sure to keep track of all the vital points that are discussed so we can look back at them for reference and for those unable to attend a meeting. Also, it’s my responsibility to keep a roster of the people who attend the Black Student Union meetings, people’s emails, years, whether they have paid or not for events/membership. We also keep binders with information regarding our positions, as executive board members, and it is my job to make sure everyone has their binders ready to pass down to the next board team. Overall, the secretary keep things organized and filed for the constituents and executive board.
Hit me up: firstname.lastname@example.org [&if you want the digits email me or ask in person…. I just don’t want to post it so creepers can’t snatch it]
who: the UC Irvine Black Student Union, those in solidarity, and allies what: a rally! when: TOMORROW, MAY 1ST 11-2 where: UC Irvine, on the anteater in front of Langston Library why: overall, the rally is to continue to gain visibility of the antiBlack violence…
1) WE NEED LETTERS IN OUR (BSU) SUPPORT SENT TO UCI! We need everyone to write letters to either/both the UCI Student Affairs office and/or UCI Chancellor Michael Drake’s office demanding that action be taken in response to antiBlack violence that has…
some of you all have seen or heard the story of what’s happening at UCI from different news outlets. as im sure many of you all can guess, (and what im now really seeing and living) the media is EXTREMELY biased (as are we, of course, but truth is most often found within the story of the victim)!!
Here’s an article written from an amazing theorist and friend, John Murillo III, a grad student at Brown University.
The above link goes to the most recent anti-Black tactic used by students on my campus. The linked video is a sort of extra to the original video that the fraternity LAMBDA THETA DELTA made in order to promote their frat. One of the Asian members wears Blackface in order to depict Jay-Z while singing Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit and Tie’. Note, ignorance is NOT the “reason” here. They tagged the video with a disclaimer saying: “not intended to be racist”. Meaning, they knew it was racist and offensive, and didn’t give a fuck.
I am the Cochair of the Black Student Union at UCI. Since my cochair and I have had this brought to our attention, we have organized an impromptu rally which occurred only a few hours after we originally saw the video:
During the video we collectively shout “While there is racism, we will not rest”. This video is taking place when our group of around 60 entered into the meeting of the “Multicultural” Greek Council. During our intrusion, my cochair, two other prominent community members, and myself, shared a short list of grievances with the Greek community. Afterwards, we entered into another space which harbored the actual perpetrator. We did not speak to him or harass him, only entered the space and repeated the same actions to let him and everyone he’s working with that THE BLACK COMMUNITY AT UCI IS HERE! AND WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS ANY LONGER!
Administration on our campus has expressed that it seems difficult to establish any official punitive policy for racist and antiBlack actions such as this. Let me now direct you to other examples of Greek antiBlackness:
LTD: previous uses of Blackface and racism from the same frat http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2Y7-jqNwJk&feature=youtu.be&t=2m20s
Pi Beta Phi: “Most Like to Go Black and Never Go Back” Award
The list continues on. PLEASE! Bring awareness about UCI’s hesitation and historical failure to protect its Black students. Previous attempts to “educate” and “forgive” are not enough anymore.HELP US GET SOME SORT OF JUSTICE.
My cochair and I have been repeatedly harassed and demonized by both the Greek and nonBlack UCI community since our actions. I stand by what we have done. BLACK STUDENTS DESERVE TO FEEL PROTECTED WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS.
While i know we will never put a total end to antiBlackness, we can make a statement and let our UCI community know that we will not stand for it. Not anymore.
Please spread the word.
We’re not the first, nor the last, campus to deal with antiBlackness and racism. But we will not tolerate it any longer. Resist with me.
Happy Week 3 everyone! I hope you have enjoyed learning a little about your BSU Board and a little more about their roles in the community! This week you are going to learn about what my role is in the this organization and what my role is in the community as External Outreach.
For starters though! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ayana Baines and I am a 2nd year Sociology major. I want to add on a major in Political Science and become a civil rights attorney for African-Americans. My role in the is organization is outreach to high school students. The organization which heads it is called S.T.O.M.P. (Students Tutoring and Outreaching to Minority Participants). Our volunteers become tutors and mentors for the high school students. Our job is to help prepare them for college and possibly recruit them to UCI Irvine. I also outreach to local colleges and universities for collaboration on events. Does any of this sound appealing to you?? Well apply to be on board next year in the 2013-2014 school year.
A goal of mine is to leave a legacy behind when I graduate from UCI. Some of my accomplishments have been following through on anything I have set my mind too and getting A’s in three challenging classes. Sociology 161W an upperdiv writing class,(Sociology of Gender), History 40C, and Physics 20B (Cosmology). If you are taking any of these classes feel free to contact me! email@example.com Enjoy your week!
Hello community, hoping your weekend went well and best wishes for your upcoming week!
As usual, there will be a BSU meeting tomorrow at 5pm in the CCC Ring Room! And make sure to come with us after the meeting for the CCC’s quarterly community dinner after our meeting!
Also, if you are interested in signing up for a course to learn about your cultural background, and communicating with others, sign up for the Sankofa Project - University Studies 42 - Course Code: 87700! Sankofa means to reach back and gather the best of what our past has taught us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. For any questions, E-mail Dr. Zahra Ahmed with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, if you are a graduating senior looking to be involved in working in grassroots organizing, apply to be a Assistant Canvass Director to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. You can apply by emailing: email@example.com
Hello community, as an introduction to our positions and elections at the end of this spring quarter, we will post weekly blurbs here about our positions this year in BSU.
To begin, here is a word from our cochairs this year - Ainaria Johnson & Kala Lacy:
In BSU we serve as Co-Chairs. With the help of our board we plan meetings, and events, delegate tasks, serve as official representatives of BSU, and read a lot of emails! We also often meet with our advisor Tammy, in Student Life and Leadership (you should meet her if you haven’t!), and other influential faculty and staff members. We meet with the Black Leaders On Campus a few times a year to plan events like the Black Family Outing (a picnic for all Black students at the end of the year) and the Fall Harvest.
I’m a 4th year Senior with an African-American Studies major with minors in Education and Women’s Studies. My goal this quarter is to get a 4.0, Study buddies where you at!?
My successes at UCI have included getting an A+ in my first class and starting on the UCI Club water polo team as a freshman. My favorite class was a Women’s Studies class called HIV/AIDS with Professor Kim, as a second year. When I took this class I was a bio major but this was my first experience of critical thought. Learning about women in a conversation with HIV/AIDS really opened up my eyes and let me think about the world in a new way.
In college, I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be shy to ask for help. There are so many resources right at your fingertips, you just have to ask. Also, I’ve learned that when looking for love, it runs away from you, so take your time.
What’s gucci! My name is Kala Lacy and I’m a third year Psych and Social Behavior major with an African-American Studies and French minor. While here, some of my major accomplishments have been being elected as BSU Co-Chair, of course, various recognitions from Black faculty and staff, and becoming a research assistant for a lab on campus studying prison populations.
So far, I’ve learned a lot about self preservation in the form of expression. For me, that means actually speaking about things that matter to me.
I’ve also learned a lot about social politics and what I believe about the world and how it operates from my perspective. Feel free to hit me up anytime! firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope the weekend was great to you all. And thank you to all who came out to our Bowling… err, Karaoke Night! Glad you all had fun!
Anyway, today’s BSU meeting will revolve around Jim Crow. If you don’t know what that is, we will definitely make sure you learn what is is, but the severities and applications as well. We will also be having fun activities!
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