By Rachael Yadlowsky – Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College Black Student Union and Africana Student Union merge, changing the name to Black Africana Student Union.
Since the BSU formed in 1968 and ASU later on, the Africana Student Union and the Black Student Union were separated, but this fall semester the BASU advisor Chiquital Clay and BASU president Moses Kiiza, wanted to combine the two groups.“We merged the two groups together so we could become one group and help each other,” Kiiza said. Around 30 students showed up in support of the merge.
The union’s main objective is to help African students adapt more to the culture and help them understand the English language more. Clay said that the Union’s aim is to help students learn and feel welcomed and stay in school.
“We hope to have them take the ESL Accuplacer Test so they can have a chance to test out of classes and continue to have a good education,” Clay said.
There are many opportunities to help the students in BASU ranging from applying for scholarships and financial aid assistance to discussion tables and volunteer opportunities. As of right now the Union has over 30 student members and the group is planning a “Rap War” event planned for sometime in November.
For those interested in helping or joining BASU, they meet every other Tuesday from 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m at in room 55/57 of the Main Building on floor G2, room 55/57.