Attending a predominantly white college can be very overwhelming for students of color. It can be even harder when discriminatory acts occur. These past few weeks, we have been notified of several hate incidents that have happened on campus. These crimes have left me and many of my friends on edge. I am constantly thinking about my loved ones who've been affected and about who could have possibly committed these horrible acts. Because my mind is so preoccupied, it has been incredibly difficult to focus on school and other organizations. Concentration isn’t possible when your mind is somewhere else.
Although it has been incredibly difficult to be on campus as of late, BSU has consistently been a place of comfort for me. I joined my freshman year and instantly fell in love with the organization. BSU is a space for black students and allies to participate in helpful and respectful dialogue. We have spent many meetings brainstorming ways to respond to the hateful acts that have occured on campus. Not only are our meetings centered around helpful conversations, but we also find it necessary to take action. Change cannot happen without action.
I am incredibly thankful to have been selected to be Vice President of BSU for the 2018-2019 school year. I will do my best to provide a safe and comfortable space for all who choose to attend. I want to make sure everyone feels that their voice is being heard and validated. BSU is exactly what I needed to better adjust at Luther and cope with recent hateful events that have happened on campus. I hope others find the same level of comfort that BSU has provided for me.