Auburn’s Black Student Union has a lineup of events planned for this month, including its annual Unity Week which will go from Feb. 15-19.
Brandan Belser, sophomore in political science and BSU’s assistant director of community and equity, spoke to SGA student senate Monday about this month’s events.
Belser said BSU will be partnering with WEGL for the month of February. WEGL will be hosting a series of interviews and conversations with BSU cabinet members every Tuesday from 2–3 p.m.
The Soul Food Bazaar took place Feb. 3, and RSVPs for the event reached the University’s mandatory 50-person capacity days before the dinner.
Belser said BSU will be hosting multiple events on the Green Space during Unity Week, but because Tuesday, Feb. 16, is a Wellness Day, only virtual events will be available that day. On Thursday, Feb. 17, BSU and UPC will partner to show “Just Mercy” in the Student Center Ballroom.
BSU’s annual Jazz and Poetry Night will be held Feb. 24. Belser said the theme will be “cloud nine.” There will be a live band and poetry readings at the event.
“Every year, that’s sort of our big event where we get to feature the art and talent of some of our students,” Belser said.
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Belser also said BSU will be continuing its weekly general assembly meetings, held Monday nights from 5–6 p.m.
BSU events have been able to continue, though they have had to either go online or be held in a limited capacity.
“Out of all of our signature events — I believe we have somewhere in between nine and 12 — we’ve only had to cancel one event so far,” Belser said.
In fact, Belser said that every event held by BSU in the past year has hit capacity.
Belser encouraged students attending BSU events for Black History month to “bring a listening ear” and to be cognizant of the history happening around them.
“We’re not only remembering history, but we’re contributing to it every single year,” he said. “Every year and every month, we get to add additional pieces to it.”
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