This has been an exciting month for the Black Student Caucus! The Black Student Caucus was started in 1992 and seeks to create and nurture a community of students in the School of Social Work who share a interest and/or passion in the African diaspora. In addition, the caucus seeks to meet and address the needs of African American students in the School of Social Work and the larger community. As one of the tri-chairs of the Black Student Caucus, I have enjoyed working with such talented members to help our caucus thrive. Here are just a few highlights from this semester:
- On October 25th, the Black Student Caucus joined student and community organizers in the counter-protest of the neo-confederate rally at Silent Sam on the UNC campus. As an organized body, we stood in solidarity (marching, chanting, and speaking out) against individuals dressed in confederate flags touting a desire to maintain ‘southern heritage’ through the perseverance of the Silent Sam statue.
- On November 13th, over 25 students and faculty members from the School of Social Work attended the Black & Blue tour on campus, as organized by the BSC. Developed in 2001 by Dr. Tim McMillan, the Black and Blue tour covers the history and involvement of African Americans on the campus the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as the extended Chapel Hill community, from enslavement to the present. This tour is featured by the UNC’s Visitors’ Center annually as part of their series of “Priceless Gem” tours relating to UNC history.
- On November 14th, the BSC organized a ‘Support Black Business Saturday’ in Durham. Caucus members and SSW staff met at Hairizon at Northgate Mall to create their own skin care and hair care products from various essential oils and moisturizers. Then, caucus members ventured to Dame’s in Durham to fellowship over a delicious dinner.
This is just a snapshot of the excellent work of the Black Student Caucus. When you come to UNC SSW, I recommend checking out the student caucuses and joining one that is aligned with your passion. If you can’t find one you love, then start your own!