How Black Student Union is uniting UCCS

Luci Schwarz 

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     MOSAIC supports and advises several multicultural student groups focused on inclusivity and diversity – one of which is the Black Student Union.  

     According to BSU President Shae Patterson, a third year nursing major, the union hopes to be as active as possible in the community this year. Patterson said that students may be unaware of BSU, and the club is trying to increase outreach and recruit more students. 

     BSU is one of the oldest clubs on campus. The goals of the club are to honor the culture and history of Black students and uphold representation and diversity on campus. 

    “BSU is not only for the Black community at UCCS,” Patterson said. She made the point that the club would not turn away anyone who wanted to be involved but is open to students of any background. 

     In late October they plan to host a Halloween party and several other activities. 

     One of Patterson’s goals is to collaborate more with other clubs, which could be mutually beneficial. In November, BSU and the Feminist Club will be working together with local youth shelter The Place to bring awareness to youth homelessness. This will include a community activity to sleep outside in downtown Colorado Springs. 

     Students and other clubs can also get involved with BSU by contacting them via social media or by attending club fairs. Club leaders are encouraged to reach out to BSU to collaborate on other community projects. 

     BSU typically meets every other Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the MOSAIC office. 

     Follow BSU on Instagram @bsu_uccs, where they are most active and provide information on club meetings and events. 

Shae Patterson, photo provided by Shae Patterson.