Who We Are

What is the Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) is  an organization dedicated to encouraging cultural diversity at The University of Montana, with special regard to students of African descent. 
Members of the University administration, the student body, and the local community have partnered to enhance the educational experience of African and African-American students while at The University of Montana. In forming the BSU, the University community establishes the following beliefs: 
We believe that the academic needs and cultural realities of Black students deserve the same respect afforded other institutional programs. 
We believe that the University validates the importance of African and African - American students on campus by acknowledging the varying contributions and needs of those
students. Fulfilling these needs at the collegiate level will provide students with more resources to draw upon once their college experience has concluded.
Finally, we value student growth and
development and strive for cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of all of our diverse histories and experiences.

Mission Statement

The mission of The University of Montana Black Student Union is to provide servicesand programs that address the needs and concerns of all students of African and African-American descent. We are committed to stimulating intellectual, political and social growthamongst our membership.

Vision Statement

  • To create an atmosphere of safety, encourage relationship building, fostercollaboration, and to aid Black students and others in continued educational endeavors 
  • To help Black students connect and/or reconnect to the larger University communityand to help boost confidence in students to become productive members and functionwithin the campus environment and the community
  • To introduce students to services provided for African and African-American studentsby the University of Montana and offer support services on a variety of issues
  • To educate, teach, and encourage the University campus and the community at largeregarding issues specific to Black studentsCore Values: The conceptual framework under which an organization operates
  • We hold that the academic needs and cultural realities of Black students deserve thesame respect afforded other institutional programs.
  • We believe that the University validates the importance of African and African-American students on campus by acknowledging the varying contributions and needs ofthose students. Fulfilling these needs at the collegiate level will provide students with moreresources to draw upon once their college experience has concluded.
  • We value student growth and development and strive for cross-culturalunderstanding and appreciation of all of our diverse histories and experiences.

What are the UMBSU's goals?

The Mission of the UMBSU is to:
"Provide services and programs that address the needs and concerns of all students of African descent. We are committeed to stimulating intellectual, political and social growth amongst our membership."
  • To support African and African-American students attending The University ofMontana in academic achievement and personal growth
  • To provide programs and services designed to create a campus environment thatrecognizes the benefits of cultural inclusivity for all students
  • To instill a sense of pride and appreciation for our culture and heritage

Objectives

  1. Increased Black student recruitment, enrollment, and retention
  2. Increased Black faculty recruitment, enrollment, and retention
  3. Increased Black administration recruitment, enrollment, and retention
  4. Aid in developing “cultural competency” standardization among administration andfaculty 
  5. Link students with agencies in the community for volunteer work
  6. Development of a “Black Student Resource Guide”
  7. Development of a Black Student Cente