Black Student Alliance forms
One of the newest organizations on Transylvania’s campus is the Black Student Alliance, which formed during the 2009 fall term under the guidance of coordinator of multicultural affairs Vince Bingham ’98.
BSA is a leadership organization designed to enhance the cultural, intellectual, and personal growth of African American students in the Transylvania community.
“Our goal is to help maintain a spirit of unity and understanding among African American students in order to support their educational and personal experiences here,” said sophomore Kennedy Barnes, president of BSA.
The group hosted several events in honor of Black History Month. Throughout February, they presented an African American Spotlight of important historical figures during lunch and dinner in the Forrer dining hall, with trivia contests and prizes.
In partnership with the Diversity Action Council, the BSA hosted a movie night, as well as a Diversity Dialogues discussion led by education professor Tiffany Wheeler ’90, “Making the Connection: The Power of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Lives of African American Males.”
The group plans a much more active 2010-11 academic year.
“It’s our hope to sponsor monthly events for the Transy community as well as internal ‘bonding’ activities, like movie and bowling outings,” Barnes said.
The Black Student Alliance is not limited to African American members. Any student is welcome to join.