Black Volunteer Student Organizations
Over a 30 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 Volunteer Student Organizations (BVSOs). The BCSC supports the African American Staff Group (AASG),
community service outreach, and various cultural and educational programs.
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.
Yvorn "Doc" Aswad-Thomas, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Alryl Koroma, Co-President email@example.com
Stanford African Students Association (SASA) - Stanford African Students Association (SASA) was founded in
1979 to foster unity among African students and to create awareness in the Stanford community of issues related to Africa.
Shubuka Mainsah, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin Conteh, Co-President email@example.com
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.
Dominique Lyew, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Price, Co-President email@example.com
Ethiopian Student Union (SESU) - The objective of SESU is to collect
and disseminate information about Ethiopian history, culture, and
politics in order to increase awareness about Ethiopia.
Tesfa Habebo, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Abel Taklain, Co-President email@example.com
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.
Aima Ojehomon, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Garry Mitchell, Coordinador email@example.com
Queer at Stanford (BlaQS) - Black and Queer at Stanford (BlaQS)
is a support organization dedicated to the affirmation and advancement
of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and queer
identified Black students, faculty, and staff at Stanford University.
Kiyan Williams, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Roberts, Co-President email@example.com
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.
Jabari Nyomba, President firstname.lastname@example.org
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, sponsoring lectures and other campus events.
Autumn Williams, President email@example.com
Performing Arts Organizations
Dance Ensemble - The Kuumba Dance Ensemble was created in
the 1970's by a group of energetic students who wished to perform
traditional African, African-American, and jazz dance as a small
ensemble. They received the support from the Committee on Black
Performing Arts to create their own student-operated group.
- Before JAM PAC'D, there was no outlet for Black or Urban Jazz
dance at Stanford. The jazz classes in the Dance Department weren't
geared towards an African American style of dance, and Kuumba was
Karen Lum, Co-Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Anderson, Co-Director email@example.com
Tola Sunmonu, Co-Director firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Aaron Grayson, President email@example.com
Leah Barnes, Vice-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Catch a Fiyah - 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.
Steppers - The Stanford Steppers is a performance group comprised
of undergraduate students at Stanford. The team was founded by two
students in October of 1998, with the goal of perfecting the unique
African-American art of stepping.
Anne Scalmanini, Co-Director email@example.com
Michelle Scott, Co-Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Black Greek Letter Organizations
Fraternal & Sororal Associaton (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
Jewell Burnett, Co-President email@example.com
Matt Ashton, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Beta Chapter - In 1908, at Howard
University in Washington D. C., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became
the first organization of its kind established by and for Black
women, providing emotional, intellectual, and social support for
college women. Ninety years later, the tradition continues and has
Shayla Smith, President email@example.com
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.
William Wagstaff, President firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Alyssa Green, President email@example.com
Psi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Nu Chapter - Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc. was founded on the evening of January 5, 1911 by
ten Black men on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington,
Indiana. The organization fosters brotherhood among Black men on
a hostile white college campus, and encourages honorable achievement
Aaron Grayson, President firstname.lastname@example.org
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Beta Tau Chapter - Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded on January 9, 1914 on the campus
of Howard University by 3 young enterprising African American college men. The Beta Tau chapter was originally a Bay Area wide chapter. The chapter was rechartered
in October 2004. The Beta Tau chapter of Phi Beta Sigma continues to faithfully perpetuate composite growth and progress as a True Brotherhood, dedicated to Culture for
Service and Service for Humanity.
Julian Brooks,President email@example.com
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Xi Delta Chapter -
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was founded on November 12, 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana by seven educators. The Xi Delta Chapter was founded on the Stanford Campus in March 2009. Through scholarship, sisterhood, and service we strive to better serve our community.
Sydney Tomlin, President firstname.lastname@example.org
Phi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Mu Chapter - The brothers of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity Inc the seek to uphold the fraternity's cardinal
principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift, through
community service and involvement, in an effort to bring about the
betterment of the Black community.
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. Some of these programs
include college tutorial sessions, and weekly "Study Jams".
Femi Olutade, President email@example.com
Kevin White, Vice President
Student Association - The Stanford Psychology Association
(BPSA) provides an academic network of Professors who provide mentorship
to students who pursue psychological studies/interests issues that
pertain to African Americans.
Anna-Alycia Tucker, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanford Black and Latino Business Association -
The Stanford Black and Latino Business Association (BALBA)
is concerned with the issues of Blacks and Latinos in the business world. BALBA
seeks to enhance the political, cultural and social awareness of
its members surrounding the relationship between the business world
and the Black and Latino communities.
Emma Ogiemwanye, Co-President email@example.com
Madeline Hawes, Co-President firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Matthew Anderson, President email@example.com
Mikaela Kelly, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Mahlet Seyoum, President email@example.com
Black Society of
Sociology Students (BSOSS) - The Black Society of
Sociology Students was founded in 2007 as an
organization which seeks to embrace and highlight the diverse
population of Sociology students at Stanford. We would also like to
spread awareness of the advantages that the major has to offer all
Cherrie Randle, President firstname.lastname@example.org
En!gma - En!gma is a literary publication, widely known as "Stanford's
Journal of Black Expression," sponsored by the Black Community
Services Center. En!gma features a mixture of poetry, short stories
and artwork from Stanford's talented students.
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
Keisha Fraizer, Chief Editor email@example.com
Soul Sistah Magazine - Soul Sistah Magazine provides a literary outlet
for a forum in which the spiritual aspects of life can be expressed
along with racial, sexual and identity issues.
Graduate Student Organizations
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 is programming
explores the complex meaning of Blackness.
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;
to assist in the recruitment and retention of minority.
Black Law Student Association (BLSA) - BLSA provides a strong
support system for each other as well as for other black students
on campus. The goal is to remain a positive and leading force in
a predominately white academic environment. As many challenges lay.
National Medical Association (SNMA) - The Stanford chapter
of the SNMA is used as a framework to organize African-American
students at the School of Medicine. Recent projects of the chapter
include a health education curriculum at the Free At Last recovery
clinic in East Palo Alto and a mentor program.