Welcome Beautiful Black People,
The Association of Black Students (ABS) is thrilled to welcome the Class of 2024 to Washington University in St. Louis this fall. I first want to start by congratulating all of you for completing your senior year of high school. I imagine that this isn’t how you planned on ending your senior year, but I want you to know that you should be proud of yourselves, and all your hard work has not gone unnoticed. This year has proven to be a difficult time for many of us, and even though we cannot provide certainty regarding future affairs, we can promise you a community at this institution who cares about your wellbeing and success.
Founded in 1967, ABS is the second largest and oldest cultural group on campus. The organization was created to address issues such as Black student harassment, segregation among the university’s service employees, and lack of awareness of the Black student experience on campus. Our organization serves a general body of over 500 students and is committed to holding the university accountable for supporting Black faculty and staff, as well the greater St. Louis community.
As expressed in our mission statement, The Association of Black Students is a family organization that works to create and support a community of Black Students here at Washington University. We strive to support Black students academically, socially, emotionally and mentally, while providing the necessary resources to enable their success. Even though we may not be able to program in the ways we have in the past, ensuring that students are able to connect with numerous other students, faculty, staff, and campus partners is extremely important to us. As we receive more information about plans for the fall, we will adjust our programming to ensure that we prioritize safety guidelines while still providing you with a memorable college experience.
Lastly, living in a world in which your Blackness is consistently degraded and villainized takes a toll on you. I want you to know that your life matters, and this is a space for you to be unapologetically Black, and express that in whatever way is most comfortable for you. We are not a monolith; Our community is composed of a variety of identities that intersect with our Blackness, which can inform how we express ourselves. It is okay to want to unplug and focus on self-care, you deserve that time. Please take care of yourselves and know that we see you, we value you, and we can’t wait to meet you!
Please also follow us on Instagram and Twitter. We can’t wait to hear from you! Request to be added to any of the GroupMe communities for Black WU.
President, Association of Black Students
2020-2021 Executive Board
Ashley Thompson, President
Trey Rudolph, Vice President
Marc Ridgell, Secretary
Ariel Ashie, Treasurer
Alexandra Jones, Co-Social Chair
Whitney Omoruyi, Co-Social Chair
Efua Osei, Publicity Chair
Aaliyah Allen, Academic Chair
Kayla Wallace, Community Engagement Chair
Other WUSTL Black Orgs to Check Out
- Black Anthology (BA)
- African Students Association (ASA)
- Minority Association of Pre Med Students (MAPS)
- Harambee Christian Ministries
- Black Men’s Coalition (BMC)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Student Union Black Caucus
- Black Pre-Law Association (BPLA)
- Minority Association of Rising Scientists (MARS)
- Black Senior Alliance (BSA)
- Caribbean American Students Association (CASA)
- National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)