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Alumnus Kenny Clark smiles while junior Kyran Mitchell fends off a basketball opponent.

Celebrating W&J’s Black History: Then and Now ft. “The Relentless Record-setter”

Updated: March 2, 2022 | Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

WASHINGTON, PA (March 2, 2022)—This February, Washington & Jefferson College is celebrating Black History Month by continuing our “Then and Now” series, a joint effort with W&J’s Black Student Union (BSU) that recognizes some of our accomplished Black alumni and the current students who are carrying on their legacy. Throughout February, and in…

Dr. Charvonne N. Holliday Nworu ’08 smiles next to W&J sophomore Dylan Joachim.

Celebrating W&J’s Black History: Then and Now ft. “The Future-Focused Reformer”

Updated: February 14, 2022 | Tagged: , , , , , ,

WASHINGTON, PA (February 14, 2022)—This February, Washington & Jefferson College is celebrating Black History Month by continuing our “Then and Now” series, a joint effort with W&J’s Black Student Union (BSU) that recognizes some of our accomplished Black alumni and the current students who are carrying on their legacy. Throughout the month, we…

Dean of Admission, Robert Adkins 87' poses in his football uniform alongside W&J sophomore, Kaitlyn Brown, who holds a lacrosse stick.

Celebrating W&J’s Black History: Then and Now ft. “The Competitive Recruit”

Updated: February 7, 2022 | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

WASHINGTON, PA (February 7, 2022)—This February, Washington & Jefferson College is celebrating Black History Month by continuing our “Then and Now” series, a joint effort with W&J’s Black Student Union (BSU) that recognizes some of our accomplished Black alumni and the current students who are carrying on their legacy. Throughout the month, we…

W&J’s Black Student Union hosted a Celebration of Black Lives to honor those who lost their lives to racial injustice on September 27, 2020 at the amphitheater outside of the Technology Center on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

The Moment is the Movement: A History of the BSU at W&J

Updated: March 11, 2021 | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

The 2020s WASHINGTON, PA (March 11, 2021)-The year 2020 brought clarity of vision to many Americans in examining the racial inequities that still persist in our country, and W&J College is no exception. Today, students in the BSU are still facing many of the same cultural difficulties that affected the students that came before them….

A 1992 yearbook photo shows members of the re-instituted Black Student Union.

A Cultural Renaissance: A History of the BSU at W&J College

Updated: March 11, 2021 | Tagged: , , , , ,

The 1990s WASHINGTON, PA (March 11, 2021)-The 90s were a time for getting the groove back-which is exactly what the W&J Black Student Union did. There was a renewed interest in cultural representation on campus, first heralded by Will Thomas’s ’91 organization CASE (Cultural Awareness Support Enrichment group) in the late 80s. “When I came…

A collage of images featuring Black Student Union members in yearbook photos from the 1970s.

Bringing a Chair to the Table: A History of the BSU at W&J College

Updated: March 11, 2021 | Tagged: , , , , , ,

The 1970s WASHINGTON, PA (March 11, 2021)-Women may have been new to the W&J campus in 1970, but Black students weren’t. It was curious, then, to students like Phyllis Glover Cucchiani ’74-one of the first black women on campus-that there was no sign of an organization dedicated to students of color, creating an invisible barrier…

Welcome Turner Jones (left) and current members of the W&J BSU (right)

Celebrating W&J’s Black History: Then and Now ft. “The First Black Graduate and The Next Generation”

Updated: February 26, 2021 | Tagged: , , , , ,

WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 26, 2021)—During February 2021, Washington & Jefferson College is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing some of our accomplished Black alumni and the current students who are carrying on their legacy today. Each Friday, we’ll share a new feature showcasing how vital Black contributions are to the success of our institution. Then:…

What’s Zipcode got to do with it?

Updated: February 19, 2021 | Tagged: , , , ,

For Black History Month, the Office of Community Engagement will be facilitating a workshop exploring how systemic structures related to city planning such as zip codes, property value, and access to healthy food perpetuate the cycle of poverty and disproportionately impact Black communities.