The other side of Diversity

I am a part of a student organization called (BSU) Black Student Union. This organization has been at Wartburg for a while and has not been thriving as successful as we would like the last 3 or 4 years. We have a few constant and consistent members but have been struggling with having enough people to complete everything on our agenda for the year. We would like to have this organization have more student participation when we hold events and we want to make this organization more approachable to nonblack students. We are afraid that because the name of the organization is Black Student Union that white students instantly assume that because it says black that it is for black people. This notion is not true. We are an organization that would like to promote justice and highlight injustices in any community. We do fundraisers to raise money for different organizations and would like to also help other growing organizations get there name out their. If we are all passionate about the same things it does not matter the color of the members. How do we as a student organization attract non-black members regardless of our name? The last few months in our meetings we have discuss these issues and came up with a few things to think about. One, would changing the name make our organization thrive a little better since the black tittle has gone away. Also we discussed directly approaching students that we may find will add to our organization. These people being of any background making us a little more diverse, so when we do advertise events students see different familiar faces with a passion in issues that matter. While we all are trying to make a difference.

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2 thoughts on “The other side of Diversity”

  1. I like the idea of this organization, and I see what issues you could be having. Personally, I have not heard much about the organization, and I’m not sure if there is a way to advertise the group more so that students hear more about it. It might also be helpful to send out emails to everyone telling them what kinds of things the organization does, and emphasize that everyone is welcome.

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate the feed back. We can only send emails to students that sign up and give us their permission to send them emails. Maybe we should incorporate a few advertisement activities through out the year so students can be a little familiar with the organization and see what we have to offer and them offer to us.

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