Being a part of the Black Student Union allows students the opportunity to take on different leadership roles within the organization. Students can be a part of the executive board, Big 12 Council or nominated to become Mr. and Ms. BSU. The duties of Mr. and Ms. BSU are to be the face and represent the organization. Braxton Jones and Alexandria Smith were nominated and selected to be Mr. and Ms. BSU for the 2015-16 school year.
“Being Ms. BSU means the world to me,” Smith said. “I get to represent the best BSU in the Big 12, that’s an honor in itself.”
Smith is a junior from Augusta, Georgia, majoring in marketing. Smith mentioned that she enjoys BSU and has prepared her for the future by allowing time to network and discuss issues within the black culture on K-State campus.
“I enjoy BSU because it’s a family,” Smith said. “We can come together and talk about things in our community. I always walk into the room and someone is greeting me with a hug and a hello. I feel like my peers within BSU genuinely embrace each other. But also as a BSU we have made history together, and we are going to continue making history together. It’s a second family, and I will always enjoy and truly appreciate BSU.”
Mr. BSU, Jones, is a junior studying broadcast journalism. He is a first-year transfer student from Hutchison Community College and has thoroughly enjoyed his first year with BSU as well.
“Becoming Mr. BSU has been an incredible platform that I have enjoyed,” Jones said. “It has allowed me to host events and participate in parades. The most important thing in my opinion would be the community service aspect. Knowing that KSU BSU was able to impact the community because of things I helped implement is a rewarding feeling. My hope is that the next Mr. BSU, whoever he is, uses the platform for everything it is worth and enjoys the experience.”
As both students are coming to an end with their term, they are excited about transitioning into senior year! Jones and Smith hope to continue growing within the black community by staying involved in BSU and other organizations on campus. They have made a positive influence on the community thus far and will continue living the mission of BSU unapologetically.