On Feb. 26, the Black Student Union Showcase: Celebrating 50 Years of Building Community was held in the Carlin Commons. There, the SI community celebrated the BSU and its continuing legacy of empowering students to illuminate their gifts, talents, and passions. Students took the stage for musical performances, student-choreographed dancing and poetry readings, garnering multiple standing ovations from the sold-out audience.
A highlight of the evening was a video presentation and ceremony honoring the founders of the BSU at SI. In addition to thanking these alumni for starting an organization that has meant so much to so many, SI announced the creation of a new Black Excellence Alumni Award, to be awarded on an annual basis to Black alumni who have distinguished themselves in helping to support and uplift Black Ignatians so that they can express their gifts to the world and fulfill the Jesuit values instilled in them while at the school.
See that video featuring reminiscences and words of wisdom from SI's BSU alumni below. To see video clips of the showcase performances, browse through this highlight on SI's Instagram account.
Affinity groups, such as the BSU, promote awareness and respect for diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. In predominantly white institutions, affinity groups serve as a place of reflection, dialogue, and support, sharing of pride and successes, and most importantly, a place of positive identity formation, affirmation and understanding.
Thank you to all of the parents, faculty, and staff who continue to support and guide our students and who made this evening as special as it was. Our students are glowing, firmly rooted in their identity as beautiful, young, gifted and Black scholars. Thank you to the students and alumni of the BSU who lovingly shared their culture, gifts and talents with the SI community.