‘Black student unions evolve’

Telegram & Gazette

February 10th, 2013 by 


Arthur Martin (center), founding chairman of Holy Cross' Black Student Union, in 1968, and Theodore Wells (right), founding member. Arthur Martin (center), founding chairman of Holy Cross' Black Student Union, in 1968, and Theodore Wells (right), founding member.

In a recent article in the Telegram & Gazette, Mable Millner, associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion and director of multicultural education at the College of the Holy Cross, commented on the state of the College’s Black Student Union (BSU) compared to the past.

Reflecting on the legacy of former College president Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J.’s commitment to create diversity on campus, and also on a contentious student walkout led by a now-defunct black student corridor, Millner said that there is still progress to be made. “Those things that students saw 40 years ago are things that still need to be constantly on the agenda of any institution,” she said.

In 1968, Holy Cross alumnus Arthur Martin became the founding chairman of the College’s BSU. “Academically and athletically, [the school] fit what I wanted for an education, but it was lonely,” he said, in response to the College’s scarce diversity at the time. “Holy Cross, like everything else, is a microcosm of the country,” Martin continued. “When we started the black student union, we needed it for a lot of different reasons…It was a rallying point, and it helped us focus on who we were.”

This year, Jonathan Casseus ’14 is the president of the College’s BSU. Considering the organization’s past, he stated, “They had a common cause they were fighting against…whereas now, we’re just a group that wants to be more inclusive. We want to take in all different types of cultures and have a conversation.”

Now, black student unions have broadened, and have extended their call for a more diverse curriculum and faculty in the hopes of ensuring that students of all cultures “feel comfortable being themselves,” said Millner. “I still believe that some of what they provide is only provided through those organizations, so I hope that 45 years from now that there will be a black student union.”

This ‘Holy Cross in the News’ item by David Cotrone ’13.

| More
Tags
Categories
In The News

Comments are closed.

Sort By:
or
08/29/15 Photo Gallery, Video: Members of Class of 2019 Move Into Their New Home
08/28/15 Nicole Giannino Drafted by Boston Blades
08/27/15 Holy Cross’ Shala Murray ’10 to Compete for the Title of Ms. America 2015
08/25/15 Data: New Report Shows Holy Cross Students’ Post-Graduate Success
See All
See All

Featured Videos

See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Members of Class of 2019 Move Into Their New Home

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Idyllic Summer Months Bring Different Feel to Holy Cross Campus

Watch Video >
See video
Video: How Spring Arrives at Holy Cross

Watch Video >
More

What’s Happening on Campus

08/31/2015

Outdoor Edge

See More >
09/01/2015

Everything You Forgot at Home Bingo!

See More >
09/02/2015

Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness

See More >
09/02/2015

Stump! Trivia

See More >
More

Holy Cross in the News

07/30/15

Holy Cross Ranks No. 55 on Forbes’ List of America’s Top Colleges

Forbes.com

The College of the Holy Cross ranked No. 55 overall and No. 46 among private colleges on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges. Forbes rated schools on an ROI scale with...

07/14/15

Money Magazine Ranks Holy Cross No. 18 Among Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Country

The College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 18 on Money Magazine’s list of “The 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges,” and No. 89 overall  on Money’s list of “Best...

07/14/15

Amanda Belichick Named Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

ESPN | Sports Illustrated | Yahoo! News | Boston Herald

Amanda Belichick was recently named the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at the College of the Holy Cross. The news of her appointment ran in more than 50 media...