Culture/Identity Based Political & Activism Service & Volunteerism Special Interest Programming Graduate and Professional Leadership


The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of student life at ISU, while promoting academic excellence, mentoring, professional guidance, social support and scholarly advancement of undergraduate students, graduate students, and other members of the ISU community of African descent and other nationalities.


This organization has no affiliations.

Constitution / Tier

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Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 14
ISU Members 2
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members
Allowed Officers
Membership Qualifications
Membership Restrictions
Elections/Selection Annually
Meetings Monthly; Generally, the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Monthly meetings for the Black Graduate Student Association are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Black Cultural Center (517 Welch Avenue, Ames, Iowa 50014).

Description of Special Events

The Black Graduate Student Association hosts the People of Nia commencement ceremony, an annual event that celebrates and honors the successful graduation of Black, African, and other students descended from the diaspora. Iowa State University held its first People of Nia celebration in the spring semester of1998 and has continued this proud tradition for decades since.