African American Student Affairs is closed until further notice. Staff are working remotely and available to assist students, please reach out directly for any assistance. Please see our calendar for updates about events and programs moved online. For student resources and support during the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the SSRI Resources page or the UArizona COVID-19 page.
African American Student Affairs (AASA) along with the Office of Multicultural Engagement (OME) stands in solidarity with Asian and Asian American communities including UA students, staff, and faculty against any form of racism and discrimination related to COVID-19. If you are affected by related incidents or would like to process, feel free to contact AASA's Interim Director, Joshua Hamilton at email@example.com or OME staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The programs below highlight just a few of the resources on campus that focus on underrepresented students at the university. For a more complete list of student resources, check out: http://www.arizona.edu/diversity/get-academic-support
B.L.A.C.K.Click or enter to reveal information below
Building Leaders and Creating Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K) is a residential program for Frosh that incorporates Black/African American/African cultural knowledge and experiences with academic support in a living learning community. Currently, students are housed on the 1st-2nd floor of Pima dorm. Students in B.L.A.C.K. can expect to make new friends and be guided towards success in their first year on campus!
Faculty Fellow ProgramClick or enter to reveal information below
Dr. Johnny Bowens is a lecturer in the Africana Studies Department and co-founder of the Black Student Union here at the University of Arizona!
B.A. degree in Sociology from Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1968
M. Ed. Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Arizona , Tucson, Arizona in 1973
Ph.D degree in Community Sociology from Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1978
Dr. Johnny Bowens - Faculty Fellow w/ AASA and African History will conduct a series of 15 minutes from 12:30pm until 12:45pm of Black History Vignettes on various African American History topics. Come join us and learn! Refreshments will be provided.
Racism? What is it? What is it not? Oct. 23, 2019
Africa- Cradle of Civilization Oct. 30, 2019
Ancient Egypt- Great Pyramids Nov. 6, 2019
Atlantic Slave Trade Nov. 13, 2019
Slave Insurrections Nov. 20, 2019
Frederick Douglass/Harriet Tubman Dec. 4, 2019
The AASA Internship ProgramClick or enter to reveal information below
The AASA Internship provides hands-on experience with community building, facilitating workshops, and giving presentations that advance knowledge of social justice and issues relevant to the Black community. This internship course will require students to attend a series of workshops and training that explore issues related to identity, equity, and how to facilitate discussions on difficult topics and maintain dialogue across social groups. In addition, interns will plan and coordinate annual community events such as the Fall Open House, the annual Leadership Retreat, Black History Month celebration, and the Black Baccalaureate. To learn more about the internship program, contact AASA at (520)621-3419 or email KC Williams at email@example.com.
Sista ChatClick or enter to reveal information below
SistaChat serves as an inaugural program at The University of Arizona (UA) designed to help retain and graduate women of color on campus at the University of Arizona through academic support, professional and leadership development, and community building. This also program offers a platform to address the ways in which women of color in particular, are affected by cis/hetero-patriarchy and how systems of oppression continue to show up in these communities. Through community building and conversations, SistaChat will actively seek ways to actively disrupt and ultimately dismantle these systems. Sista Chat meets @ 5:30 every other Friday.
MOCA (Men of Color at UA)Click or enter to reveal information below
Come enjoy wings and things at this initiative which is designed to help retain and graduate men of color on campus at the University of Arizona through academic support, professional and leadership development, and community building. The other hope is that this program offers a platform to address the ways in which toxic masculinity and cis/hetero-patriarchy continue to show up in these communities and ways to actively disrupt and ultimately dismantle these systems. MOCA meets on Fridays at 5:00pm at AASA!
Turn Up & StudyClick or enter to reveal information below
Wellness WednesdaysClick or enter to reveal information below
W.T.F.H (Where To From Here)Click or enter to reveal information below
Black BaccalaureateClick or enter to reveal information below
AASA's Black Baccalaureate is a intimate celebration of the acheivements of our African American students here at the University. In addition to the traditional graduation that the University puts on, we want to ensure that our students receive the recognition they deserve when walking across the stage!
Black History MonthClick or enter to reveal information below
Black History Month is a time of year where we come together and celebrate Blackness. Every Februray we do our part in perserving our History. A few annual events that we showcase are the BSU Hair Forum, the Trayvon Martin Silent Protest, and our annual Block Party. While it is Black History month we are open to collaborational opportunities with campus partners and allies.