Over the past two school years, the students in the BSU have been taking it to the next level to build community, compensating for the time lost during online learning. They’ve hosted countless member meetings and school events since we came back to the school building in 2021. They’ve thrown multiple dances, dress down days, performing arts events with the Honors Band and Choir, and more.
Kamorra, a recent 2023 graduate of UIC College Prep, was a faithful member of the Black Student Union since her sophomore year. To her, joining the BSU was an important way to build community for herself and other Black students.
“I joined BSU because I wanted to help make a space where Black kids were comfortable being themselves and expressing how they felt about certain things happening at this school involving race,” Kamorra said.
One of the main goals of the BSU this recent school year was to host consistent meetings to make sure that all the students were okay mentally, emotionally, and physically — both inside and outside of school. They wanted the meetings to be a safe space to vent and express any vulnerability, whether it was happy or sad. For Kamorra, it was an especially important space to build power with other Black students and advocate for their community when they faced challenges in the school.