The Black Student Alliance was established in 1978 to "promote a greater spirit of brotherhood within the university." It is the successor of the Human Relations Council, founded in 1968.
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For more information about the Human Relations Council and Black history at Virginia Tech, visit the University Archives website.
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Over the years, the purpose of the Black Student Alliance has changed. BSA has been a social, political, and programming organization; but, no matter the type, it has always been an important part of the African-American experience at Virginia Tech. Most recently, BSA has found its niche as a programming organization and become less political in nature.
The Black Student Alliance is currently classified as a University Chartered Student Organization (UCSO). USCOs are organizations comprised primarily of students but, by constitutional design, have a specifically established direct relationship to the university. This relationship includes, but is not limited to, policy review, special programs, governance, and paid faculty/staff advisors.