Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)


Greetings from the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA). The purpose of the BGSA is to meet the academic, professional, and social needs of Black graduate students. Our organization recognizes that graduating with a master’s degree or Ph.D. is a top priority. Subsequently, this organization is dedicated to the promotion of academic excellence, mentoring, professional guidance, and social support that will enhance the scholarship of Black graduate students at Kent State University. Most importantly, we plan to use these tools to empower our community and assist with opening the doors to higher education to more individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds. We wish to provide a place of refuge where Black students are encouraged to share ideas, concepts, and frustrations. Finally, we aim to provide social opportunities for members to relax and network. 

Please contact us at with any questions, comments or concerns.

BGSA Constitution (PDF)

Dates of General Body Meetings for Fall 2019 Semester

Friday, September 13 | 6:00-7:00pm

Room 318 in the Student Center

Come join us at our first general body meeting of the semester! You will have the opportunity to connect with BGSA's executive board, members of the organization, and incoming/continuing Black graduate students. FREE pizza will be provided! We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 23 | 6:00-7:00pm

Room 150 in Oscar Ritchie Hall

Monday, December 2 | 6:00-7:00pm

Come join us at for our end-of-the-semester social! We will be meeting at a restaurant in downtown Kent, where we can reflect on the past semester and look forward to the Spring. We hope to see you there!


Dates of Brown Bags Luncheons for Fall 2019 Semester

Wednesday, October 2 | 12:30-1:30pm

Room 318 in the Student Center

Special Guest: Dr. N.J. Akbar


Monday, Novermber 6 | 12:30-1:30pm

Room 318 in the Student Center

Special Guest: TBA

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