The conversation for starting the Black Business Student Association started in 2019 when a group of first-year MBAs went to the administration of Kenan-Flagler-Business School about the lack of diversity and representation of students of the African diaspora. At the time, it was less than 6-percent of the total student population. Coming out of that initial discussion, the seeds of what would become the BBSA were sewn.
In the early discussions about forming a new organization, we did not want to just have an organization. We did not just want to have a well-run organization. We wanted to have a well-run, purpose-driven organization. Everything that we do will always relate back to our purpose.
In January 2020, the BBSA leadership team submitted an application for recognition to the MBA Student Association (MBASA). We were approved in February, in time for Black History Month and the celebration of the contributions of African, African-Americans and other members of the African diaspora and their contributions to history specifically in the business world.
We are excited to embark on this journey together!