What is the Black Student Union?
The Black Student Union at the University of California, San Diego was founded in 1967 by a group of undergraduate Black scholars. Birthed out of a time that demanded response from educated Black students and called for the emergence of young Black leaders, the UC San Diego Black Student Union became an essential component to the survival of Black students and other students of color. The founders of the Black Student Union saw a need to foster community and produce leaders that would strive to improve the conditions of Black students and Black people. The Black Student Union has always been a revolutionary organization with an emphasis on the political, social and academic issues that Black students and Black people face. Since its establishment, Black Student Union has worked to uphold a rich legacy of lifting as we climb.
The Purpose of the BSU
Conceived in 1967, the Black Student Union at UC San Diego is charged with four fundamental responsibilities:
1. Access, retention, and yield programming to inspire, enlighten, to build unity, to challenge, and to perpetuate the ideologies of the Black Student Union at UCSD
2. To support the efforts of those organizations which perpetuate the ideologies of the Black Student Union
3. To assist in providing an environment that is conducive to academic excellence amongst the Black student population
4. To be accountable through representation.
Official membership of the Black Student Union (BSU) shall consist of all duly registered undergraduate students, either full or part time at the University of California, San Diego.
The BSU reserves the right to designate those outside the above criteria, as honorary members; this includes, but is not limited to, grad students, staff and faculty.
BSU General Body membership is open to all current UCSD students regardless of sex, gender, race, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level, ability, or class standings.
Adapted from the Constitution for the Black Student Union at the University of California, San Diego
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