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Over a 43 year span, our student population has grown and their needs have changed. Currently the BCSC provides academic advising and support, leadership development and training for approximately 25 Black Voluntary Student Organizations (BVSOs). The BCSC supports the African American Staff Group (AASG), community service outreach, and various cultural and educational programs.

Cultural Organizations | Support Organizations | Political Organizations | Performing Arts Organizations | Publications | Greek Letter Organizations | Pre-Professional Organizations | Graduate Student Organizations

Cultural Organizations

Black Student Union (BSU)

Stanford's Black Student Union (BSU) is a social, cultural,and political organization primarily concerned with the continual improvement of life for Black students at Stanford. Originally founded in 1967, the BSU has been instrumental in spurring many imaginative changes in the Black community.

Janelle , President, millerjm@stanford.edu 

Stanford African Students Association (SASA)

Stanford African Students' Association. We are a student organization committed to promoting awareness about the African continent, and fostering cultural and social ties with people of African descent and those interested in African and around the Stanford community.

Maame Akua K. Kome-Mensah, Co-President, mkomemen@stanford.edu

Isi Umunna, Co-Presidentiumunna@stanford.edu

Caribbean Students Association (CSA)

The Caribbean Students Association (CSA) was revived on Stanford's campus in 1991. CSA has embarked on an educational campaign to foster awareness and involvement in Caribbean affairs.

Kester Wade, Co-President kester@stanford.edu
Ana K. Donaldson, Co-President ninadon2@stanford.edu

Stanford Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association (SEESA)

The objective of SEESA is to collect and disseminate information about Ethiopian history, culture and politics in order to increase awareness about Ethiopia.

Naomi Alem, President nalem12@stanford.edu

Nigerian Students Association (NAIJA)

NAIJA seeks to educate and celebrate the deep beauty of Nigeria's diverse culture and heritage to fellow Stanford students and neighboring communities.

Ogochukwu C. Agali, President oagali@stanford.edu
Peace Edem, Co-President pedem@stanford.edu

Akwaaba

The goal of Akwaaba is enlighten the Stanford community about the rich heritage, culture and current state (e.g. political and social climate) of Ghana.

Support Organizations

Black Recruitment Orientation Committee (BROC)

Established in 1976 as a committee of the Black Student Union, the Black Recruitment Orientation Committee (BROC) introduces prospective and incoming Black students to faculty, staff and students.

Kaylynn Cusic, Coordinator  kcusic@stanford.edu
Mauranda Upchurch, Coordinator, mauranda@stanford.edu
Christian Osagiede, Coordinator, osagiede@stanford.edu

Black and Queer at Stanford (BlaQS)

Black and Queer at Stanford (BlaQS) is a support organization dedicated to the affirmation and advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer-identified Black students, faculty and staff at Stanford University.

Black Men's Forum (BMF)

The Black Men's Forum is an organization started in recognition of a need for an inclusive, meaningful and structured network of Black male students on Stanford's campus. The goal is to establish and foster a sense of unity, strength,and love among Black males and to direct it towards uplifting the community at large. It also aims to foster positive relationships for black men with others, to develop and highlight the leadership of black men in their communities, and to engage and affect the lives of others beyond the boundaries of Stanford's campus. Through the implementation of community service efforts, the BMF seeks to insure that the strengths, talents and experiences of Stanford black men are reinvested back into the community. Lastly, it seeks to both provide for the professional, academic and personal success of black men at Stanford and to intellectually engage the broad range of issues facing black men and boys.

Joseph Haughton, President, jhaughto@stanford.edu
Oluwaseyi Olaleye, Vice President, oolaleye@stanford.edu

First-Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership

FLIP is an undergraduate student group committed to being a resource and community for students who identofy as first generation and/or low income. FLIP's mission is to raise awareness about class issues, build a first generation and/or low income community that transcends all barriers, foster an open and resepectful campus environment, engage in cross-class dialogue, advocate on behalf of the community, and empower first generation and/or low income stidents at Stanford. Throught the year, we hold events such as open students dialogues, faculty lunches and community forums to support the mission.

 

Sydney Osifeso, Co-President, sosifeso@stanford.edu 
Vy Luu, Co-President, vluu@stanford.edu

 

Political Organizations

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The Stanford NAACP focuses on spreading political and cultural awareness throughout all communities, not just minority communities. This is done through such activities as voter registration and education drives, distributing information about the stances of candidates in impending elections, and sponsoring lectures and other campus events.

Shannen Torres, Co-President, shannent@stanford.edu 
Kory Gaines, Co-President, kgaines8@stanford.edu

Performing Arts Organizations

Stanford Gospel Choir (SGC)

The Stanford Gospel Choir is a biblically based organization whose purpose is to minister through various forms of gospel music. The Stanford Gospel Choir has been bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ through song to the Stanford community and surrounding Bay Area since 1978. Though this unique cultural ministry of gospel music is deeply rooted in the African American tradition, the choir includes a diverse group of believers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The SGC is open to all students, staff and faculty with no membership requirements or try-outs.

Catch a Fyah

Catch a Fyah is Stanford's first and only Caribbean dance group that brings a unique style, energy and flavor to the dance culture at Stanford University. It was founded in 2006 by Kamila McDonald and Shakisha Oconner with the mission to educate the Stanford community about the rich and exciting culture of the Caribbean through the art of dance and music. Catch a Fyah places an emphasis on producing unique and vibrant performances with surprising choreography and colorful costumes, saturated with Caribbean flavor. Check them out because it will be the closest you will ever get to being in the Caribbean here on campus. One Luv.

Publications

The Real News

The Real News is a political, social and cultural newspaper. It also serves as an international source for the Black community at Stanford, the general Stanford community and peoples throughout the world.

Greek Letter Organizations

African-American Fraternal & Sororal Association (AAFSA)

The African-American Fraternal & Sororal Association (AAFSA) is the governing body of the historically Black Greek Letter Organizations at Stanford. It is an opportunity for the various members to come together to create a yearly program schedule while serving as an open forum for collaboration.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Nu Sigma Chapter

On the Stanford campus the Nu Sigma chapter was founded in 1978. It continues the national tradition of tight fraternal bonds, ground-breaking innovation and service to the African-American community and humankind as a whole. The chapter brothers can frequently be seen together throughout campus—at cultural events, parties and community service events.

Aaron Barron, President; acbarron@stanford.edu
Benjamin Williams, Vice-President; benwill7@stanford.edu

 

 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omicron Chi Chapter

The Omicron Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered in 1983. It is a city-wide chapter encompassing women from Stanford University, Santa Clara University and the College of Notre Dame. Since Omicron Chi's inception, the women of the chapter have involved themselves in projects that help empower and uplift the African American community.

 

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Lambda Nu Chapter

The Lambda Nu chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, In. was chartered in 1983 on Stanford and Santa Clara campuses to uphold the fraternity's fundamental purpose of achievement. We focus our pursuits on advancing a strong tradition of excellence, service and brotherhood, as we sculpt the leaders of the next generation and uplift our fellow man. Through our various local and national programs, we create an environment that not only strengthens the bonds within the African American community but provides a foundation for progress. 

Pre-Professional Organizations

Society of Black Scientists and Engineers (SBSE)

SBSE has continued a long tradition of programs on Stanford's campus geared towards the successful recruitment, retention and graduation of talented and enthusiastic Black scientists and engineers. These programs include weekly corporate lunch meetings and/or workshops geared towards exposing members to various opportunities on and off campus, weekly study nights and participation in regional and national conventions with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). 

Kevin Tynes, President, ktynes@stanford.edu
Maya Thompson, Vice President, mayat@stanford.edu

Stanford Black Pre-Medical Society (SBPO)

The Black Pre-Medical Organization (SBPO) was founded in 1971 by a group of African-American students facing similar difficulties in pre-med classes. Subsequently, they developed a study group and found strength in their unity, which has improved their academic performance.

Schyler Cole, President, schylerc@stanford.edu
Loza Kebret, Vice President, lkebret@stanford.edu

Black Pre-Law Society (BPLS)

The Black Pre-Law Society's (BPLS) purpose is to assist Black students in their preparation for legal careers and to provide valuable educational and social services to the Black community as a whole.

Breanna Williams, President,breannaw@stanford.edu

Graduate Student Organizations

Black Graduate Students Association (BGSA)

BGSA traditionally supports the continued academic excellence of Black graduate students at Stanford through a variety of praised and highly effective forums, such as the Ph.D. Forum, Journeys and Visible Men. BGSA's programming explores the complex meaning of Blackness.

Michael Reddick, President, mreddick@stanford.edu
Marlette Jackson, Vice President, mjackso3@stanford.edu

Black Business Students Association (BBSA)

The mission of the Black Business Student's Association (BBSA) is to promote diversity and cultural enrichment at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business (GSB); to assist in the development of Black business professionals; and to assist in the recruitment and retention of minority.

Desmond Mitchell, President, desmondm@stanford.edu
Jonathan S. Brito, Vice President, jsbrito@stanford.edu