Black Graduate Student Association

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About Us

The purpose and mission of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) of Virginia Commonwealth University is to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for students of African descent, and students of color currently enrolled in graduate programs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The BGSA seeks to address the under-representation of Black students in graduate programs both through efforts to retain current Black graduate students, and efforts to increase the number of Black undergraduate students who apply to and enroll in graduate programs. The organization also aims to increase Virginia Commonwealth University's awareness and responsiveness to the professional and academic needs of Black graduate students. The BGSA will accomplish this purpose and mission through promoting scholarship, developing mentorship, establishing a supportive professional and personal community, providing service to the greater Richmond area, and encouraging social justice within the larger community.









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Eva Davis Profile

Eva Davis

Amidu Kalokoh Profile

Amidu Kalokoh

Maya Gaines-Smith Profile

Maya Gaines-Smith

Community Engagement and Political Action Chair
J Hendricks Profile

J Hendricks

Community Engagement and Political Action Chair
Paulette Omeaku Profile

Paulette Omeaku

Scholarship and Mentorships Committee Chair
Chineme Jeanfrances Onukwughara Profile

Chineme Jeanfrances Onukwughara

Scholarship and Mentorships Committee Chair
DessaRae Lampkins Profile

DessaRae Lampkins

Public Relations/Communications Chair
Haya Hamid Profile

Haya Hamid

Public Relations/Communications Chair

This organization does not restrict membership based on race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, military status (including veteran status), genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression, or disability. All VCU students who support the mission of our organization are welcome to participate in programs and events.


Black Graduate Student Association

907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond VA 23284
United States