University’s first-ever Black Students’ Association aims to help members connect culturally, share similar experiences and give back to wider community.
The University of Alberta’s first Black Students’ Association launched earlier this month to provide support to students from across the African diaspora.
“We wanted to create a space where the students can connect not only on a cultural level, but on the basis of similar experiences they may share just on the basis of being black alone,” said association secretary and Zimbabwe native Nyasha Guta, one of seven founders of the group.
"I know a lot of other students were waiting for this to happen, especially seeing that other universities (such as the universities of British Columbia, Toronto, Dalhousie and Memorial) are starting similar groups,” she said.
“A lot of students come to the U of A from countries where (as the majority) they may not have experienced issues of race, inequality and discrimination…. This is a place whe...