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The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an organization dedicated to making the Oregon State University (OSU) community aware of and responsive to the needs and concerns of Black graduate students. It serves as the main professional and social support body for these students during their tenure at OSU. BGSA is particularly concerned with issues of social isolation, mentorship, the microscope/invisibility dichtomy, and the recruitment and retention of Black students into graduate school. We strive to keep our focus on school, graduation, and living a balanced positive life.

BGSA encourages the development of interdependent relationships between Black graduate students and OSU faculty with a particular focus on Black faculty and staff. We also establish interdependent relationships between Black graduate and undergraduate students, especially through the OSU Ujima Education Office and/or the Black Cultural Center. In addition, BGSA cultivates communication with Black graduate and undergraduate students attending neighboring colleges and universities. We also seek to enhance and sustain a relationship with the local Black community here in Corvallis.

Last updated October 19, 2000