Memorial University of Newfoundland revives Black Students’ Association
Memorial University of Newfoundland revived its dormant Black Students’ Association in 2018, giving students of colour their own space to gather and network.
It all came about when several students realized the St. John’s campus had no clubs or societies where black students could meet.
Under its new leadership, the Black Students’ Association held its first event, Black Diaspora in Newfoundland, during Black History Month. It featured guest speakers, performances and poetry readings, as well as food and free tickets to see the film “Black Panther”. The inaugural event drew about 50 people.
The student association was conceived as a place for new and returning students of colour to exchange their experiences in a safe place. It hopes to hold monthly events geared towards students of colour, especially those who want to make Newfoundland and Labrador their home after graduation. At the same time, the executive wants to extend its reach beyond the black community.