KSU Black Student Union wins 11th Big 12 award in 14 years


KSU’s Black Student Union. (courtesy of Kansas State University)

The Black Student Union at Kansas State University has earned an award for academics and engagement for the 11th time in 14 years.

The Clarence Wine Award for Outstanding Big 12 Council of the Year is awarded to undergraduate African-American student governments or councils in the Big 12 Conference. To win, the organizations must show commitments to academic achievement, scholarship, campus programming, community service and unity. The K-State BSU organization received the award at the Big XII Council on Black Student Government’s annual conference last week.

With the goals of advancing the academic stability, political action and leadership of black students, BSU President Del’Sha Roberts attributed the success of their 50-year-old organization to their membership.

“Without the attendance and participation, we would have no one to help us live out our mission statement,” says Roberts.

BSU advisor Brandon Clark says their organization “is the epitome of what we want all of our K-State students to be: dedicated, hardworking and servant leaders.

“To be awarded this great honor year after year by their peer institutions is something all K-Staters should celebrate,” says Clark. “I am so grateful to have the opportunity to advise these incredible students.”

Roberts and three other KSU students will go on to serve on the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government as well. Roberts was elected to chair, Zanaiya Peebles to parliamentarian, Jeffrey Mathews to treasurer, and Johari Snell to conference management chair.

Additionally, Clark was recognized for his 15 years of service and commitment to the Big 12 Council by the Legion of Black Collegians and Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.


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