RSOs at UIndy: the Black Student Association

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Many incoming freshman seek out extracurricular activities to be apart of,  and for sophomore communication major and vice president of the Black Students Association Tyshara Loynes, that was BSA.

“I wanted to join BSA to meet people who look like myself and to become involved in campus life early on,” she said.

According to senior applied psychology major and president of BSA Gabrielle Elam, BSA is an organization that works to promote development in academics, diversity and service as well as fellowship amongst black students at UIndy.

Both Elam and Loynes said that BSA is more of a family than an RSO, which is one of the reasons that they joined and continued to participate.

“Something super special about our organization is the fact that BSA is inclusive to everyone,” Loynes said. “We are a huge family and want to help students of every background achieve success and build lifelong connections.”

According to Elam and Loynes, they hope to help build those connections through general body meetings twice a month and hosting a variety of events throughout the academic year.

The events include poetry slams, open mic nights, the BSA Block Party, Soul Food Sunday and other educational events to raise awareness about topics such as police brutality and mental health. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings and the events, Elam said.

For more information about BSA, or to join, students can visit their table at the Life Expo or attend the block party on Aug. 26 from 2-5 p.m.

UIndy is home to over 50 Registered Student Organizations such as UIndy DM, Student Organization of Latinos, Delight Ministries and Better Together.  For more information on RSOs around campus, visit:

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