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

March 11, 2021
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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 Cultural Renaissance: A History of the BSU at W&J College

March 11, 2021
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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 …  

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

March 11, 2021
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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 …  

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

February 26, 2021
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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: …  

Celebrating W&J’s Black History: Then and Now ft. “The Multi-Hyphenate” 

February 25, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 25, 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: …  

Celebrating W&J’s Black History: Then and Now ft. “Powerful Women” 

February 18, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 18, 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: …  

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

February 12, 2021
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WASHINGTON, PA (Feb. 12, 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: …  

MLK Day Message: Pursuing Truth, Rejecting Violence

January 18, 2021
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A message from Dr. Knapp on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

BSU hosts Celebration of Black Lives in honor of lives lost to racial injustice

September 28, 2020
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WASHINGTON, PA (Sept. 28, 2020)—Students at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) showcased their passion for social justice, organizing a tribute to black lives in response to national events. Led by club President Tamia Mickens ‘21 and Vice President Jasmine Dey ‘23, the W&J Black Student Union (BSU) organized a vigil on Sunday, Sept. 27 dubbed …  

W&J student creates personal podcast to challenge racial inequity

July 15, 2020
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WASHINGTON (July 15, 2020)—Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s the theme at the heart of Jasmine Dey’s podcast “Cue the Conversation,” a broadcast that so far has examined institutional accountability, Juneteenth, and the Black Lives Matter movement. In each episode, Jasmine lays out the facts through historical research and evidence-based reports while thoughtfully imparting their …