An inside look at the Black Student Union

Black Student Union logo“Black History should be celebrated all year, not just one month,” says Multicultural Center Director E. Andre Thorn, who is also the Black Student Union staff adviser. One way to celebrate and learn more about black history is by joining the Black Student Union.

Black Student Union President Ashleigh Gaines took a few minutes to provide an inside look at what this student organization is all about.

Who does the Black Student Union aim to help?

The Black Student Union is open to any University of Alaska student.

What is the purpose of the Black Student Union?

Our mantra is to unite, advance, encourage and inform students of African diaspora — meaning not just African Americans, but also individuals from other countries that consider themselves people of color.

When are the meetings?

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Meetings usually take place Tuesdays at 10 a.m., but have not started for 2014.

Where are the meetings?

Meetings are held in the Multicultural Center, which is located on the ground floor of Rasmuson Hall.

Why should students consider joining the Black Student Union?

“If students join I think they will find the name ‘Black Student Union’ is just the name. A lot of times … (students) think that it’s just for black students, and that is not necessarily true. It just empowers and works to educate students on the background African-Americans and their history through educational purposes — which everyone can benefit from the knowledge.”