‘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.

08/27/16 Photo Gallery, Video: Class of 2020 Receives A Holy Cross Welcome on Move-In Day
08/24/16 VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Talks Holy Cross in Web Exclusive
08/22/16 End of Summer Reminds Holy Cross English Professor Why She Teaches
08/19/16 Eight Members of the Holy Cross Community Present Research at Genetics Conference
See All
See All
Featured Videos

See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Class of 2020 Receives A Holy Cross Welcome on Move-In Day

Watch Video >
See video
VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Talks Holy Cross in Web Exclusive

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Total Giving to Holy Cross Breaks Record With $46.7 Million Raised

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Spring Blooms on Holy Cross Campus

Watch Video >
See video
Video: Class of 2016 Shares What’s Next

Watch Video >
See video
‘Major in Anything…Succeed in Business’

Watch Video >
See video
Photo Gallery, Video: Obama Advisor Broderick Johnson ’78 Speaks on ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ Other White House Initiatives

Watch Video >
See video
Crusaders Win Patriot League Championship

Watch Video >
See video
Men’s Basketball Knocks Off Bucknell In Double Overtime Thriller

Watch Video >
See video
New Webcams Provide Live Video Stream of Campus, Contemplative Center

Watch Video >
More

Dance Concert
3 May 2017, 9:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Our annual spring dance concert showcases vibrant work by the students in our Modern, Ballet and Jazz... See More >


Agape Latte
24 Apr 2017, 7:00 pm
Loyola Hall
See More >


Agape Latte
24 Apr 2017, 7:00 pm
Hogan Center
See More >


THE ROYAL FAMILY, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
8 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Steve Vineberg directs an American comedy classic about three generations of a famous theatrical family... See More >


THE ROYAL FAMILY, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
7 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Steve Vineberg directs an American comedy classic about three generations of a famous theatrical family... See More >


THE ROYAL FAMILY, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
6 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Steve Vineberg directs an American comedy classic about three generations of a famous theatrical family... See More >


THE ROYAL FAMILY, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
1 Apr 2017, 8:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Steve Vineberg directs an American comedy classic about three generations of a famous theatrical family... See More >


THE ROYAL FAMILY, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
31 Mar 2017, 8:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Steve Vineberg directs an American comedy classic about three generations of a famous theatrical family... See More >


THE ROYAL FAMILY, by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber
30 Mar 2017, 8:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Fewick Theater
Steve Vineberg directs an American comedy classic about three generations of a famous theatrical family... See More >


Agape Latte
27 Mar 2017, 7:00 pm
Loyola Hall
See More >


CABA Meeting
16 Mar 2017, 3:30 pm
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 406(07)
See More >


Agape Latte
27 Feb 2017, 7:00 pm
Loyola Hall
See More >


CABA Meeting
23 Feb 2017, 3:30 pm
Henry M. Hogan Campus Center 406(07)
See More >


Agape Latte
30 Jan 2017, 7:00 pm
Loyola Hall
See More >


Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
14 Dec 2016, 10:00 am
O'Kane Hall Cantor Art Gallery
"Pua kumbu" are magnificent, intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton ikat textiles once woven as religious... See More >


Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
13 Dec 2016, 10:00 am
O'Kane Hall Cantor Art Gallery
"Pua kumbu" are magnificent, intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton ikat textiles once woven as religious... See More >


Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
12 Dec 2016, 10:00 am
O'Kane Hall Cantor Art Gallery
"Pua kumbu" are magnificent, intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton ikat textiles once woven as religious... See More >


Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
10 Dec 2016, 12:00 pm
O'Kane Hall Cantor Art Gallery
See More >


Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan
9 Dec 2016, 10:00 am
O'Kane Hall Cantor Art Gallery
"Pua kumbu" are magnificent, intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton ikat textiles once woven as religious... See More >

More Holy Cross in the News

08/24/16

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Talks Holy Cross in Web Exclusive

In a Facebook web exclusive, comedian and host of “The Late Show” Stephen Colbert demonstrated the far reach of the College of the Holy Cross Community. When asked by an...

08/22/16

End of Summer Reminds Holy Cross English Professor Why She Teaches

Boston Globe

Even though the summer goes by too fast for Leila Philip, the “August migration back to campus” is a good thing, she wrote in an opinion piece published by the Boston...

08/19/16

Holy Cross Alumna, Professor Experience the Olympics in Rio

BBC World Service | The New York Times | The Wall Street Journal | Inside Higher Ed | Telegram & Gazette | GoLocalWorcester.com | Charter TV3

Annie O’Shea ’12 and Victor Matheson, professor of economics at College of the Holy Cross, helped media outlets localize the Olympic Games during their recent trips to...