Photo By: The Black Students’ Association

This will be the first operational year for one of the newest additions to the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) clubs roster, the Brock Black Students’ Association (BLSA). 

According to their website, their key mission is to, “inspire and enable Black students and students of all ethnicities to use their voices to make a difference in society today.” Through workshops, speaker series and networking sessions, they hope to inspire general members and create an inclusive space for people of all backgrounds. 

Some of the BLSA’s goals include increasing diversity and promoting equity among the student population, providing a positive platform and creating a voice for Black and other minority students. Over the course of this school year, they hope to connect with similar organizations at other Ontario universities and raise awareness about current issues impacting the Black community. 

Peighton Williams, third-year BBA student joined the club this summer as their Vice President of Internal Affairs and has been hard at work with her team preparing for the upcoming year. She’s spent the past four months brainstorming event ideas, creating content for social media and connecting with the rest of the executive team. Once the school year gets underway, she’s looking forward to acting as a liaison between executive and general members, and welcoming new members to the club. 

“[I’m excited to] get to know each other, host icebreakers, and put a spotlight on locally owned Black businesses” said Williams.

Williams is also looking forward to their upcoming weekly series called “What is ‘Black’,” where club members are invited to discuss their cultural experience as well as current events affecting the Black community. While official dates have not been confirmed, BLSA plans to host Family Feud-style trivia nights, empowerment and mental wellness sessions, and skincare/haircare workshops as the school year progresses. 

The club hopes to broaden the conversation surrounding allyship and invites people of all backgrounds to join both as general members as well as executives. With the ultimate goal of building an inclusive community, BLSA is here to lend a helping hand and an open ear. 

In the fall semester, students can expect BLSA events to be held virtually, but they hope to offer in-person events in the winter. 

Students are encouraged to sign up as general members to stay up to date. You can also follow along on Instagram to keep up with all their announcements and further details for upcoming events.