Student Organizations

Black Student Alliance (BSA)
BSA is a student-led coalition that sponsors cultural activities and advocates the social and political interests of African-American students on the campus of CSU.
Program/Event Highlights:
--Sponsors annual “Break the Stage” stepshow each November (largest stepshow in Colorado)
--Hosts day-long college workshop for high school students entitled, “Project Progress”
--Members travel to the annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government
Meeting date/time: Wednesdays at 5:00pm in the Lory Student Center (various rooms)
Contact: Jesus Ornelas (
Africans United (AU)
The purpose of Africans United is to bring awareness of the diverse and rich cultures of Africa within the CSU campus and surrounding community, to establish and participate in activities designed to bring the Diaspora African community together as one and to unite African students on the CSU campus as well as in the community.
Program/Event Highlights:
--Hosts the annual “African Awareness Week” in early April, leading toward Saturday evening’s famed “African Night”
--Dance troupe performs around the CSU campus and in the Fort Collins community
Meeting date/time:  Thursdays @ 5:00pm in the Lory Student Center (various rooms)
Contact: Hermella Yilma -
Shades of CSU
Our mission is to create a friendly atmosphere for people who are multiracial and/or in current interracial relationships. Our focus is to educate individuals in an academic and social setting about the ever-growing phenomenon of multiracial people in today’s society.
Meeting date/time: Tuesdays at 5:30pm in the Lory Student Center (various rooms)
Contact: Ashley Johnson (
Black Definition
Student organization that plans and implements Black History programs throughout the year, with a strong emphasis during the month of February.
Program/Event Highlights:
--Helped to secure over $36,000 to bring various types of speakers to campus
--Brought the first Black athlete from any country to win gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics (Vonetta Flowers)
--Hosted the first-ever comedy show with all Black comics in 2007 (Steve Brown, Damon Williams, Sean Larkins)
--Brought Marie "Free" Wright (former host of BET's 106th & Park) for Black History Month 2011
United Men of Color (UMC)
The mission of United Men of Color is to make a positive change on campus and in the community through service, leadership development, building community amongst students and faculty, but most importantly, culturally inclusive programming.
Program/Event Highlights:
--BBQ/Game Nights
--Community Service Projects with CSUnity
--Intramural sports teams (Flag Football, Basketball, etc.)
--Weekly dress-up days (with shirt & tie)
Meeting date/time: Sundays at 4:00pm in room 208 of the Lory Student Center
Contact: James Bryant (
United Women of Color is a formally recognized student organization at CSU.  UWC is a group of women who are ethnically diverse.  We value our individuality, but there is power in numbers.  We are here to represent and promote issues that concern us.  UWC is predominantly from the African American perspective, however it is not exclusive.
Meeting date/time:  Sundays at 5:00pm in the Lory Student Center (various rooms)
Contact:  Destiny Johnson (

 Black Graduate and Professional Student Association is dedicated to fostering community, social events, and scholarship among Black graduate students at Colorado State University. We also aim to support continued academic excellence of Black graduate students through various networking and professional development activities.

Meeting days/times: TBD

Contact Information: Danielle Dickens


Danielle Dickens, M.S.

Colorado State University

Office: BSB 344


Applied Social Psychology

1876 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876


Instructor in Ethnic Studies Department

1790 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1790