April 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

PLEASE READ: Announcements!!!


Hello all!
      First and foremost, the BSU executive board will like to thank all of you who helped make this year's Black History Month and BSU formal a success! During a brief hiatus from our regularly scheduled general body meetings, we have been planning several events/programs to end your academic year right!
      Speaking of this academic year ending, it is time to think about BSU executive board elections. This year these elections will be held on Sunday, April 20th at 7pm in the BSU room. If you are interested in running, there are some steps to take in order to prepare yourself for this big responsibility. The following is a list of all of the positions with their brief descriptions (i.e. you can find a more detailed description in the BSU constitution at http://web1.johnshopkins.edu/bsu/?page=./content/constitution.php):
    1. President: works not only with the executive board but establishes meaningful connections with other Hopkins groups, as well as alumni and the Baltimore community. The president is responsible for  brainstorming new events and calling for meetings when unforeseen issues arise.
    2. Vice-president: responsible for supporting the president in the endeavors that (s)he plans for the organization and helping to keep track of the details. Also, supervises all committees and ensures the accuracy of documents written by the recording secretary
    3. Treasurer: responsible for maintaining the financial stability of the organization. As the treasurer, the person must keep an accurate account of the organization's operations. 
    4. Secretary: responsible for taking detailed notes during the e-board meeting, maintaing attendance sheets for GBMs, maintaining an accurate listing of voting members, and sending emails to the general body as well as other clubs' e-board and/or Hopkins alumni.
    5. Parliamentarian (selected by president): The job of the parliamentarian consists of two main parts: being an authority on the BSU constitution and facilitating meetings. It is the parliamentarian's job to make sure that BSU's business is conducted according to the constitution. The parliamentarian also helps facilitate meetings (E-board and GBM) by making sure meeting start and stop on time, the agenda is followed, and the meeting overall is conducted in a constitutional way. 
    6. Publicity Chair: responsible of publicity for BSU events and GBMs. Responsible for: creating attractive and creative flyers, submitting flash ads and today's announcements, creating Facebook events, painting mural boards and banners, updating social media such as BSU Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Leads committee meetings when necessary. 
    7. Research and Education Chair: responsible for publishing Perspectives, holding study events, and organizing the Frederick I. Scott Symposium and/or BEEF. 
    8. Events Chair: have the task of planning events for the BSU and reserving rooms for these events.
    9. Community Service Chair: includes planning community service events for the group each semester and serve as the contact between the BSU and community organizations. 

Eligibility for candidacy include:
    1. Attended at least 3 GBMs for the academic year 
    2. Attended at least 1 committee meeting (RHE, Publicity, Events and Community Service)
    3. Attended 1 community service opportunity for the academic year*
* Due to the lack of community service opportunities, we will be accepting any community service that you participated in for this academic year (2013-2014). 

      Although not a requirement, it is highly suggested that anyone interested in running for a position attend one e-board meeting. These meetings are held every Thursday at 8pm in the BSU room. Fill out the attached google doc if you are interested or speak to an e-board member during our "I, too am Hopkins" event. Keep in mind that all candidates are required to give a speech on April 20th.

        In addition to elections, the BSU will be orchestrating our own version of the "I, too am Harvard" campaign called "I, too am Hopkins". At this event, scheduled for April 13th at 7pm in the BSU room, we will be taking photographs of students holding whiteboards expressing microagressions that they have experienced while attending Hopkins. In addition to making our mark on this national and highly publicized campaign, we will be offering food and an opportunity to complete a community service opportunity! We will be writing cards for children at the House of Ruth, which is one of the nation's leading intimate partner violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.

     For those in desperate need of fulfilling their community service requirement, we will have another community service opportunity during spring fair. In order to bring in revenue to the organization, the BSU will be selling cups at the beer garden. 75% of all proceeds will be going towards the BSU, so we need your help! As the event approaches, more details and a doodle poll will become available so that interested members can sign-up.

     To close, be on the look out for the following events/publications:
    1. BSU Blackademies: April 27th at 7pm at Nolan's (food to be provided)
    2. BSU presents BEEF (Black Education and Empowerment Forum): Date/Location, TBD
    3. Publishing of BSU's newsletter, Perspectives: Mid-April

Sorry for the long email and see you at "I, too am Hopkins"!
BSU Executive Board

November 24, 2013 at 11:34 AM

GBM: Movie Viewing

By Asha Liverpool

Hi all!
      This is a friendly reminder from your BSU e-board that there will be a GBM TONIGHT, November 24, at 7pm in the BSU room. This meeting will last from 7 pm to 8:15 pm because we will not be following the usual format of meetings. For tonight's meeting we will be viewing the documentary entitled, The Prep School Negro, directed by Andre Robert Lee. Chinese food and desserts will be served at tonight's meeting, so come hungry!!!

Hope to see you there!
2013-2014 BSU e-board

P.S. The BSU is raising funds for our Adopt-A-Family initiative for this holiday season. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, so during the GBM tonight there will be a collection going around for donations.

November 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

GBM Today!!!

By Asha Liverpool

Hi All!
    Sorry for the late reminder, but TODAY, November 17, 2013 at 7 pm in the BSU room there will be a general body meeting. The topic of discussion for this meeting is Mental Health in the African-American Community. Refreshments will be served.
    Also, we would like to remind you that TOMORROW, November 18, 2013 at 4 pm to 6 pm in the Glass Pavilion, is the Faculty/Student Mixer. RSVP is required to attend, so hopefully most of you, who are available at that time, did so.
    Lastly, this Tuesday from 10 am to 1pm on the Breezeway, the BSU will be having a bake sale. The proceeds from this bake sale will be going towards our Christmas community service opportunity, Adopt-a-Family. Adopt-a-Family, is a program that allows different groups to purchase christmas gifts for less fortunate people. In conjunction with the bake sale, we will be asking for donations at the next general body meetings leading up to the purchase of christmas gifts for our adopted family. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated!

Hope to see you all at the meeting,
2013-2014 BSU E-board

November 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM

GBM Tomorrow!

By Asha Liverpool

Hi All,
      This is a friendly reminder from the E-board that there is a general body meeting Tomorrow, November 10, 2013 at 7PM. We will be discussing Blackface in Mainstream America. Be sure to come out and participate in this interesting discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
      Also, this is a reminder that an email regarding the faculty/student mixer was sent out earlier this week. In it you will find the RSVP link for the event. Remember, RSVP is mandatory and the mixer is Monday, November 18, 2013 from 4PM to 6PM in the Glass Pavilion.

See you tomorrow,
2013-2014 BSU E-board

November 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Upcoming Events: Black Faculty/Staff Student Mixer & Health Disparities Panel Discussion

By Asha Liverpool

Hello Everyone!

This is a reminder of an upcoming BSU-sponsored event:

      The Black Faculty/Staff & Student Mixer will be on Monday, November 18th, from 4-6pm in the Glass Pavilion. This event will included a catered dinner. 
      This will be a great way for students to network with professors and discuss potential research and internship opportunities in a relaxed and fun environment. 
     RSVP is required to attend this event. The RSVP link can be found below:

Hope to see you there!
2013-2014 BSU E-board

November 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

GBM Tomorrow!!!

By Asha Liverpool

Hi All,
      This is just a friendly reminder that Tomorrow, November 3, 2013 at 7 PM, we will be having our next GBM entitled, African-American Hair in Mainstream Media
       Also, if you are affiliated with any education-based volunteer program, please email the BSU account with details regarding your opportunity. We would like this information so that we can then offer it as an option for members who still need to complete their community service requirement for the year and also give back to the Baltimore community!

We hope to see you there,
2013-2014 BSU E-Board

October 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM


By Asha Liverpool

Good Morning  General Body!
      The BSU e-board would like to thank all of those who came out last week to our discussion, Pandora's Box. As an e-board, we thought it was one of our most productive meetings of the semester and we are planning to keep our meetings running similarly for the rest of the year! With that being said, or next GBM is Sunday October 27th at 7pm. This time we will be discussing the education gap in the United States and brainstorming ways to help remedy this problem in the Baltimore community. We hope to see you there!

     In addition to the reminder of the GBM tomorrow, the BSU e-board will like to update the general body on a few subjects discussed last week. Firstly, We successfully scheduled a meeting with the Throat Culture e-board to discuss the incident of cultural insensitivity that occurred at their last performance. Secondly, we were able to get more witness accounts regarding the Wawa spitting on black girls. We are looking into the issue further, so more updates to come. Finally, in order to remain up-to-date with the general body and its needs, we decided to go back to weekly meetings. Also, we have instituted a point system, which tracks member activity throughout the year and leads to AWESOME rewards.

    Lastly, for all those that were interested in volunteering for Hauntingdon (on 2900 Huntington Avenue), this is a reminder that set up is at 12pm today and costumes will be handed out at 4:30 to help scare the children. The event itself lasts from 5pm to 8pmIt is not necessary to do both commitments, but it would be appreciated. We really will like to help make a huge impact today, so please (if you were interested when we discussed this at our last GBMs) volunteer. This is also a fun and easy way to come one step closer to becoming a BSU voting member!!!

BSU Voting Member Checklist:
1. Attend at least 3 GBMs
2. Volunteer once for the year
3. Attend one committee meeting

BSU E-board 2013-2014