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Over a 50 year span, our student population has grown and their needs have changed. Currently, the Black Community Services Center provides advising and support, leadership development and training for over 20 Black Voluntary Student Organizations (BVSOs). The BCSC also supports the Black Staff Alliance (BSA), 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.

Bocar Wade, Co-President

Jamayka Young, Co-President

Kory Gaines, Co-President

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.

Sarah Sackeyfio, Co-President

Awua Buahin, Co-President 

Chidinma Agbo, Vice-President 

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.

Ghawayne Calvin, President

Isis Anderson, Vice-President 

Stanford Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association (SEESA)

The Stanford Ethiopian and Eritrean Student Association aims to create community for students who identify with Eritrea and Ethiopia, and the greater Horn of Africa. We also aim to increase awareness of our community, our culture, and our contemporary successes and challenges on the Continent and in the Diaspora. Follow us on Instagram @stanford_seesa! 

Leya Elias, Co-President

Bena Tadesse Habtamu, Co-President

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.

John Okhiulu,Co-President

Joddy Nwankwo,Co-President

Chidinma Agbo,Co-President

Akwaaba Ghanaian Students Association

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.

Isaac Osafo Nkansah, President

Nana ansuah Peterson, Vice-President

Support Organizations

Black Recruitment & Orientation Committee (BROC)

Established in 1976 as a committee of the Black Student Union, the Black Recruitment & Orientation Committee (BROC) plans, manages and oversees events for prospective and incoming Black undergraduate students during New Student Orientation and Admit Weekend. BROC's work is rooted in curating intentional spaces for the Black collective at Stanford to welcome, fellowship and build community amongst each other.

Kayla Williams, Coordinator 

Olivia Flournoy, Coordinator

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.

Bryan Ramero, Co-President

Lenny DeFoe, Co-President

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.

Legend Brandenburg, President

Jadal Williams, Vice-President

The Black Feminist Collective

The Black Femme Collective is a social awareness, service and support organization dedicated to the affirmation and advancement of those struggling to eliminate racial, [hetero]sexual, gender and class oppressions. By increasing social support and political awareness of the issues surrounding these intersections both on and off campus, BFC seeks to enrich the cultural and intellectual diversity of the larger Stanford community while working toward social justice.

Natalie Johnson, President 

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.

Kiara Bacasen, President

Daniella Caluza, Vice-President

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, President 

Kory Gaines, Vice-President

Performing Arts Organizations

Black Family Gathering Committee 

Black Family Gathering Committee is a group of students who are impassioned by Black art, music and culture and who embark on a yearly endeavor to share those values with the entire university community - both interracially and cross culturally. The committee’s trademark event is a concert called Blackfest, a festival on campus featuring clothing, food and jewelry vendors along with student performers, fashions shows, Black Greek step performances and Grammy-nominated recording artists. Blackfest presents students with a unique space - both physically and mentally - to be a part of a cultural exchange that aims to represent historically marginalized communities and showcase their strengths, talents, and contributions to our society. In combining a social event with an academic underpinning, it gives those in attendance a chance to educate themselves amidst an enjoyable atmosphere.

Tamara Morris, President

Sheck Mulbah, Vice-President 

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.

Jessica Gold, President 

Blackstage

Blackstage is dedicated to highlighting the minority experience, primarily the Black experience, through theatrical arts.

Allison Oddman, Co-President

Zakaria Sharif, Co-President 

Afrobeats

Afrobeats is a vibrant dance troupe created to educate others about the richness of West African culture through the art of contemporary West African dance.

Sarah Sackeyfio, President

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.

Sheck Mulbah, President

Sean Howard, Vice-President

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Beta Chapter 

The Xi Beta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was chartered on the campus of Stanford University on June 25, 1981. In the years that have followed, members of the chapter have continued to uphold the fundamental tenents of the sorority, engage in meaningful, direct service with the intention of uplifting the community, and fulfill the legacy of excellence set by their predecessors.

Evan Miller, President 

Sydney Johnson, Vice President

Mea Anderson, Membership Chair 

General Inquiries

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.

Sheck Mulbah, President

CJ Turner, Vice-President

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.

Morgan-Me'Lyn Grant, President 

Seneca Friend, Vice-President 

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. 

Garry Archbold, President

Sean Howard, Vice-President

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). 

Christina I Martin-Ebosele,President

Jadal Williams, Vice-President 

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.

Layla Joseph,President

Ghawayne Calvin,Vice-President

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.

Greg Clark,Co-President 

Leya Elias, Co-President 

The Blackprint: Building Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs

The Blackprint is a pre-professional organization formed with intention of connecting Black students who are interested in business, entrepreneurship, and networking with mentorship and industry insight. The Blackprint aims to support undergraduate students as they consider furthering their knowledge of business through internships, graduate school, or a career in industry after Stanford.

Alillia Clements, Co-President

Aaron Mitchell, Co-President

Black in Computer Science at Stanford 

Black in Computer Science at Stanford aims to build and strengthen the growing community of Black students studying or interested in Computer Science at Stanford. We hope to facilitate the educational and professional development of Black Stanford students in tech and help combat the issues they face in the tech industry.

Christian Davis, President

Bryce Johnson, Vice-President 

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.

Danielle Greene, President

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.

Elise Smith, President

Tylon Garrett, Vice President

Black Engineering Graduate Student Association (BEGSA) 

The purpose of the Black Engineering Graduate Student Association is to build a sense of community and camaraderie among the black graduate students in the Department of Engineering at Stanford.We host biweekly roundtable discussions (usually over lunch) that allow for each black engineering graduate student to voice and share their concerns and issues in a safe space. We also organize professional development workshops, outreach opportunities, and networking events. BEGSA is committed to establishing a strong network and community for the black graduate engineering students on campus.

Kabir Abiose, President 

Ayinwi Muma, Vice-President 

Stanford Black Bioscience Organization

Stanford Black Biosciences Organization is committed to creating a strong community of Black Bioscientists at Stanford and the Bay Area. We believe the best way to do this is through integrative programming. We are committed to planning events that encompass but are not limited to: sponsoring academic research talks by Black researchers; hosting Happy Hours and networking mixers with other organizations; lunches with faculty and industry scientists; tours of biotech companies; mentoring of young, black undergraduate researchers and networking events. Check out our Facebook page

Jamie Jeffries, President 

Kenisha Puckett, Vice-President