With a whirlwind of activities taking place this semester, MU’s Black Student Union (BSU) welcomes in several diversity events on campus sponsored by the organization during the blustery month of March.
BSU’s “Diversity Forum” is scheduled to take place on March 12 in the SMC Multipurpose Room at 9:15 p.m. The forum’s aim will be to explore diversity issues on campus and to speak on the broader significance of the topic in society. Furthering the Office of Social Equity & Diversity’s goal toward establishing for the University multi-dimensional social equity, diversity and an inclusive framework, BSU’s forum will seek to bring unity among students.
“I believe that BSU is an important organization on campus because we cater to every ethnicity on campus, not only African-Americans. We promote diversity and unity to the fullest. We interact with the student body at all times,” said BSU president Christian Copeland, a sophomore majoring in speech communication. “We do things that enlighten, educate and entertain the student body because we love to help students.”
Co-sponsoring “Anatomy of the P-Word” with the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) on March 26 in Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall at 7 p.m., BSU plans an evening of discussion probing the topic of privilege and how the concept can differ from individual to individual.
“Privilege is defined as a special right or an advantage a person may have. Our discussion will develop from questions such as ‘Do people of certain skin colors have certain privileges?,’ ‘What does privilege mean to you?,’ and ‘Does your sexuality eliminate certain privileges in life?,'” Copeland said.
On March 27, BSU will co-sponsor the Hazel I Jackson Lecture, featuring Washington Post reporter and celebrated author Wil Haygood. The event will be held in the Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center, Gordinier Hall at 7:30 p.m.
When it is not fundraising for National Diabetes Month in November and organizing a clothing drive with the NAACP for the Salvation Army in December, BSU is co-sponsoring many of the important lectures held on campus. This year includes: the Carter G. Woodson Lecture with Aaron McGruder, creator of the animated sitcom “The Boondocks;” journalist and ESPN host Stephen A. Smith with his lecture “Adversity: Keep Your Head in the Game,” and guest speaker Al Sharpton, appearing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Remembrance event.
According to the BSU, its goal is to create a substantial, meaningful, and positive community atmosphere where all students can develop their thinking, gain knowledge, and rise to their full potential in all areas of society and university life. They assist students of color in becoming an integral part of university life, encourage unity among all students at Millersville University, and provide cultural, educational, and social programming that is supportive of all students, specifically African American students at the university.
On March 6, BSU will hold elections in the SMC Atrium for those students interested in serving on the executive board.