Amherst College Black Student Union

Amherst College Black Student Union Amherst College Black Student Union aims to develop a communal understanding of issues impacting the black community on our campus and around the world.

Besides our amazing BSU parties—BSU galvanizes parties in the mind! The Black Student Union serves as a resource mechanism to foster the social, political, cultural and intellectual development of Amherst College students by developing a communal understanding of issues impacting the black community on the Amherst campus to around the World! The BSU also serves as a support group generating a centralized voice for students of the African Diaspora.

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These are demands that need to be met not a time for a photo op Amherst College. You repeatedly let your Black Students ...
04/15/2021

These are demands that need to be met not a time for a photo op Amherst College. You repeatedly let your Black Students down. Let’s strive for change not reposting our walkout.

1. Reform the institutional wide policies re: extensions and class absences

a. Currently, "A faculty member may take such action as deemed appropriate in the event that a student disregards the announced regulations. Continued or unexplained absences should be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. If students are absent because of illness or family emergencies, they are asked to notify the office of Student Affairs." Since it is under the faculty members’ digression there is no concrete model for absences and extensions. The college must officially acknowledge the CDC's stance of racism as a public health crisis and give staff wide notification that missing class due to mental health because of state violence is an "excused absence"

b. In flippant terms, students/faculty/and staff should be able to “call in Black”

2. Double the counseling center’s funding and the number of counselors by the next fiscal year

a. Williams currently has near double the number of mental health providers

3. Abolish ACPD

a. ACPD routinely states that it has been years, if not decades, since their weapons have been discharged. Yet, Black students sit in val, attend a BSU party, or merely walk around campus fearing, “might I be next”.

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that have helped us spread our mission to #integrateamherst .That mis...
04/20/2020

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that have helped us spread our mission to #integrateamherst .That mission is far from over and we thank you for your continued support.

DC: Dylan Momplaisir

Read, sign, and share out petition! Change starts with us!#IntegrateAmhersthttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1SwC0aLItk...
03/24/2020
Amherst College Is Ill-Equipped to Handle Racist Violence and Threats of Racist Violence; We Must Integrate Amherst

Read, sign, and share out petition! Change starts with us!

#IntegrateAmherst

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SwC0aLItkph6Zo3JZDNi2F5Q-EOG5VTs_IG9v1n57hI/edit?usp=sharing

Also, please make sure not to delete the pictures below or adjust them! Love Black Love, Amherst College Black Student Union [Organization Signatures] The Association of Amherst Students Amherst Questbridge Low-Income Community Dance and Step at Amherst College (DASAC) Amherst Coll...

03/24/2020

Recently, the student body received a follow-up email from President Biddy Martin regarding new steps to address the incident with Men's Lacrosse. The steps she has taken are necessary but strikingly insufficient. President Martin's message addresses the lacrosse team directly but does nothing to remedy the structural shortcomings of the College writ-large that allow racialized violence to persist at our institution, particularly as it pertains to language. Although we boast a "majority-minority" student body, we are all too familiar with the fact that the safety of students of color often goes unrecognized because of the lack of accountability for those who continue to perpetrate acts of hatred and racism. Amherst College not only allows but encourages through convoluted processes and discretionary language this behavior. The onus is always on students to turn against classmates and friends by filing a formal complaint, with little-to-no hope of actual recourse.

That is why we call to Integrate Amherst. We, along with many alumni, have noted that without serious measures the Amherst College community will continue to suffer from racial separation and violence as a result of frequent racial encounters with faculty, staff, and students. Upon reading the linked document, please sign on and share with peers in solidarity with the Black community of Amherst. If you are sharing on social media, please tag it #IntegrateAmherst. We must demand change on the heels of an all too familiar act of violence from the men’s lacrosse team.

Thank you for your help and support. Please stay safe.

Love Black Love,
Amherst College Black Student Union

Stole Ceremony 2019
05/08/2019

Stole Ceremony 2019

09/28/2018

In light of the recent March on UMass, and other instances of racial discrimination in the five college community, we the Amherst College Black Student Union, fully condemns these actions of hate against the black student body. We support and affirm these communities in their attempts to rectify racial injustices, and develop safer, more inclusive spaces. These actions have no place in the Five College community. Our Black Student Union hears and acknowledges your pain and hopes to support you in any means possible.
UMass Amherst Amnesty International UMass Black Student Union

BSU S'mores Night. Photo by Takudzwa Tapfuma '17.
11/06/2017

BSU S'mores Night. Photo by Takudzwa Tapfuma '17.

Harlem Ren 2017: Soul Train
11/06/2017

Harlem Ren 2017: Soul Train

Tune in to a live-stream for a #refugeeworkrights event hosted by Matt Randolph, a former historian for the BSU !
09/20/2017

Tune in to a live-stream for a #refugeeworkrights event hosted by Matt Randolph, a former historian for the BSU !

Join us on FB Live TOMORROW at 2pm EST for a panel on #refugeeworkrights in NYC. Watch the live stream right here at http://www.facebook.com/asylumaccess!

Speakers Include: T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School, formerly the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees;

Karina Sarmiento, Asylum Access Latin America Regional Director;

Grainne O'Hara, Deputy Director of the UNHCR New York Office;

Niels Harild, Independent Policy Consultant, formerly Manager of the Global Program on Forced Displacement, The World Bank Group;

Scott McDonald, CEO of Oliver Wyman; and moderated by Sarah Case, Director of Policy and Planning at the IRC.

PC: Candice Jackson
11/09/2016

PC: Candice Jackson

PC: Candice Jackson

BSU Senior Day
05/06/2016

BSU Senior Day

A little bit late, but here are the photos from the brunch at Dean Moss's house!
04/05/2016

A little bit late, but here are the photos from the brunch at Dean Moss's house!

SeOUL Food
04/04/2016

SeOUL Food

Photos from BSC 2016
02/15/2016

Photos from BSC 2016

Photos from BSC 2016

This weekend we attended the Black Solidarity Conference at Yale and had an amazing time. We appreciate all the support ...
02/15/2016

This weekend we attended the Black Solidarity Conference at Yale and had an amazing time. We appreciate all the support we recieved from Amherst to make this trip possible and we can't wait until next year! #loveblacklove

Untitled Album
01/04/2016

Untitled Album

Matt Randolph '16 shares his reflections with the Amherst community following the Kwanzaa celebration hosted by the BSU.
12/09/2015
Unpacking Kwanzaa: A Critical Reflection on a Cultural Holiday | The Amherst Student

Matt Randolph '16 shares his reflections with the Amherst community following the Kwanzaa celebration hosted by the BSU.

The Amherst College Black Student Union held its annual Kwanzaa celebration last Friday night. The other members of the BSU executive board and I hosted an empowering night of community reflection and togetherness in the Octagon. We began by acknowledging the transformative work of members of our co…

Harlem Renaissance 2015
11/23/2015

Harlem Renaissance 2015

"The problem of group identity is often more acute for low income students and students of color for our bodies were nev...
11/11/2015
The Problem of Group Identity | The Amherst Student

"The problem of group identity is often more acute for low income students and students of color for our bodies were never ours in the first place. Many of us are at war not only within group structures on campus to retain individuality but with the world itself. For many of us the stakes of our defining categories are significantly greater. These categories, unlike the more superficial ones on our campus, “black,” “latino” “first-generation American,” can mean the difference between poverty and success, life and death." - Andrew Lindsay '16

To be an Amherst College student without a group is to walk around with no skin. It is to feel continuously vulnerable and overexposed to the elements. This overexposure is all consuming and exhausting. Participating in class, hellos to acquaintances; the most mundane tasks can seem daunting here. T…

Andrew Lindsay '16, the 2015 BSU Columnist, addresses a key issue for minority students in his Opinion piece for the Amh...
10/14/2015
The Problem of Minority Retention | The Amherst Student

Andrew Lindsay '16, the 2015 BSU Columnist, addresses a key issue for minority students in his Opinion piece for the Amherst Student.

For many at Amherst College, without an institution like a sports team, prominent club, fraternity or group with great social capital, it is not uncommon to feel naked and constantly exposed to the elements. More often than not for people of color on this campus, this exposure feels especially acute…

10/03/2015
WAMH Radio on Mixlr

Listen in to THE TAKEOVER with CHRISTIN '17 and CHRISTINE '17 on WAMH RADIO!! You can listen in here: http://mixlr.com/wamh-radio/

ALSO, check out the behind the scenes of THE TAKEOVER on Snapchat at "wamhthetakeover"!!!


#ELITE #LeanOnUS

Amherst College Radio, broadcasting on 89.3 FM for the Pioneer Valley Call in at 413-542-2288 and find our programming schedule at http://wamh.amherst.edu/programming

Hey, everyone! Amherst Soul is a student-run publication developed last year by students who sought to create a webspace...
09/16/2015
Amherst Soul

Hey, everyone! Amherst Soul is a student-run publication developed last year by students who sought to create a webspace for reflective art and writing at Amherst College. The publication is committed to the themes of community, reflection, and diversity. Many of the students involved in the publication also self-identify as students of color. The staff strongly encourages contributions from those from underrepresented backgrounds on campus. Check out the website and reach out to BSU historian Matt Randolph if you have any questions about contributing yourself!

Amherst Soul attempts to capture the scope of the Amherst College experience. In addition to written...

School may not be in session but that doesn't mean we forget our brothers and sisters. The Amherst College Black Student...
06/22/2015

School may not be in session but that doesn't mean we forget our brothers and sisters.

The Amherst College Black Student Union would like to send their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the Emanuel American Episcopal Church shooting this past Wednesday night and offer our support to the city of Charleston, South Carolina as its citizens take active measures to restore faith and love into their community.

NEVER FORGET
BLACK LIVES MATTER
CHARLESTON NINE
WE STAND WITH YOU

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Hi BSU, I am reaching out to share some upcoming events that Bain & Company is hosting for Black and Latinx undergraduate students. We are committed to growing our Blacks at Bain (BABs) and Latinx at Bain (LATBA) communities and want to share why we are consistently ranked the #1 place to work by Glassdoor. We hope you take the time to join us for one of our upcoming events and look forward to meeting you on campus this fall! Up next is our Diversity at Bain Webinar: July 30th from 8:00-9:00pm EST. Reach out if you have any questions!
Hello from Agape Community in Ware! We are a nonviolent community committed to racial justice, and we hope you all can make it to our 36th annual Francis Day on October 6, themed "Confronting Systemic Racism: Voices for Racial Justice". Topics will include white supremacy, Black Lives Matter, and more.
Hello everyone, My name is Oumou Kanoute, a sophomore at Smith College who was recently at the center of an incident in which a Smith employee called the police on me for eating lunch in the common room of Tyler House. Smith refuses to release the name of the Smith employee-caller, and I'd really appreciate any help that you all can give in sharing my story with folks in the Amherst network so that Smith will feel the need to disclose the caller to me publicly or privately. The article below details my experience. In Solidarity, Oumou Kanoute
When these right-wing, neo-con, smart-bombing- wherever, war-mongers, ask us, "(B)uddy, what about you guys killing each other?!.." Civilized Savage gods (CSG) is dedicated to being part of the solution. Of course Black Lives Matter, but we (righteous/sane people) need to do our collective all to put God's Presence into that split second of evil indiscretion. We know for an Actual Fact that God is Well Able to get between that finger and that trigger- even when that trigger is dis-porportionately Black or Brown ("Super-Predators", "Urban Youth", "Gang Bangers" "Thugs"...) Civilized Savage gods (CSG) pledge to do our humble part to help curb this "epidemic" of sickening gun violence in America...Straight talk, brah, we're pointing with dirty hands. A real man always thinks of the long-term implications of his actions. They say, shooting incidents have decreased by 28% through the first two months of 2018 in Chicago!! .. Homicide rate in New York for 2017 was lowest in 70 years!! Los Angeles homicides down 6% in 2017 too..Keep prayin' it safe.. NO MORE, "US KILLING US.." PASS IT ON, PLEASE NO CURSING/ ALL FAITHS (brief video clip) STOP THE KILLING!! (Hands Off Farrakhan!!) Produced by CSG Music Group (#csgmusicgroup..[email protected])
Hello, dear members of Amherst College Black Student Union, Monte Allen here. I’m with Indivisible Somerville (MA) and this message is about the mid-term elections and helping the Democrats retake the US House of Representatives - an interest that I hope we both share. Strategically, college students will be pivotally important in achieving this outcome and that’s why I want to connect with you. Indivisible Somerville is going to implement an innovative effort to engage students – particularly students from out of state – who are attending not just Amherst College, but all of the 114 colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Rather than spell it all out in this message, it would be way better to talk with the most appropriate person with Amherst College Black Student Union. But here it is in a nutshell. It’s called VoteRemote. There are approximately 90,000 out-of-state students attending the colleges and universities in Massachusetts. So VoteRemote is a big deal. Indivisible Somerville will make online contact will all of these out-of-state students to encourage them – and if they choose to participate, make it very, very easy for them - to register and vote via absentee ballots in their home states, NOT in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts congressional delegation is already very progressive and secure, so Massachusetts doesn’t need their votes in the mid-term elections. However, their votes could be very consequential in their home states. Most of our communication with out-of-state students will be done online, but the VoteRemote effort will need on-campus partnership support - primarily in encouraging out of state students to participate in VoteRemote. So that’s what I want to talk about with the most appropriate representative of Amherst College Black Student Union. I’d be asking for 10-15 minutes on the phone. Please just give me a call, send me an email, or respond to this posting, and we’ll take it from there. On behalf of Indivisible Somerville, thanks for your interest (we hope). Monte Allen 617-869-9564 [email protected] p.s. If your organization has a plan for influencing the outcome of the mid-term elections, we’d love to know what YOU have in mind.
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When they do things to challenge and degrade our identity, let them know who you are and where you belong.
Hey Folks, a couple of us Amherst Black Alumni have launched an apparel brand called "Black Mammoth" as a different spin on the new Amherst College mascot. Check out some of our designs and please share with your friends!
Hey Amherst BSU. Black Amherst Alumnus ('99) here telling you about something new. We put a cool spin on the new Amherst Mammoth mascot and made it our own... we're calling it the Amherst BLACK MAMMOTH. Check it out, buy a shirt, and SHARE the link. Thanks.