Black Student Association (BSA) shifted their focus to unity and changed their name to Black Student Union (BSU) in September.
According to its website, the purpose of BSU is to “promote activities of common interest, as well as to promote cultural and educational benefits for the African American student body.”
Jasmine Green, senior worship major from Dallas and BSU co-president, said the change in the name reflects the true spirit of BSU. She said the leadership team desired to be recognized for unity and family, leading them to vote to implement the term “union”.
Currently, the majority of BSU members are freshmen.
“We need their upperclassmen to join,” Green said. “We need their voice.”
Aliyah Ogletree, junior worship ministry major from Fort Worth and BSU vice president says the most important aspects of BSU are family and spirituality.
Isaiah Bapeli, junior history major from Fort Worth and BSU co-president said the organization helped give him more of a voice and a chance to make a stronger impact, both in the lives of students and in the ACU atmosphere.
Green said that BSU is not exclusive. She said while the organization is intended as a safe haven for black students, people of all backgrounds are invited to attend BSU events, including Chapel.
“We are unapologetically who we are and we embrace our full culture, but we are not exclusive,” said Green.
BSU Chapel is in Hart Auditorium every Thursday at 11 a.m.