Send BSU to the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference!
This project has concluded, however you can still support the Black Student Union by going here.
The Black Student Union (BSU) at California Polytechnic State University intends to enhance the lives of black students and the student body as a whole. We achieve this through education of the black conscience and the cultivation and promotion of black culture on campus. We cultivate and maintain unity among black students on campus, generate and promote cultural awareness and pride, advocate academic success and assist black students in their educational goals, institute and sustain political activism to improve the racial climate on our campus, foster strong relationships between the black faculty and staff and build coalitions with other cultural clubs and organizations, and develop and continue a connection with the black community of San Luis Obispo County. One of the ways we plan on doing this is by attending the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) Conference, a three-day annual conference that will take place at the University of California, Merced, in January of 2019. Although the conference does take place each year, this is the first year that CSUs are permitted to attend.
The theme of this year’s conference is Black to the Future: Black Nationalism for Black Millennials. With the recent hype centered around the Marvel movie Black Panther, we wanted to connect the themes of challenging systems of power, conflicting identities, tradition vs. change and nationalism as expressed in the movie, with being a young, black millennial in the 21st century. Black nationalism refers to the radical notion that Black people cannot truly be liberated until we control our own land, education, politics, economics, and every other institution and facet of society that impacts our lives. Every year, the ABC intends for all students to take the valuable lessons learned and tangible tools back to their campuses for implementation. We accomplish this by providing workshops, panels, keynote addresses, professional and leadership development and staff support so that students return to their respective campuses prepared to struggle to secure additional institutional resources. But we cannot attend this conference without your help.
We are hoping to raise $3,000 during our 30-day Spur Change campaign in order to send approximately thirty of our members to the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference this coming January. We would love for our members to have the opportunity to learn and grow from this experience and this will be made possible through your donations. Help Cal Poly BSU become one of the first CSUs to attend the conference!