Black History Month In Our Words

Members of the Black Business Student Association reflect on the culture, leadership, and achievements of the Black community.

February 13, 2020

This month, the Black Business Student Association is hosting panels and starting conversations about identities within the Black community.

Explore the profiles to read students’ responses to the BBSA leadership’s question, “Why is Black History Month important, and what does it mean to you?”

The Black Business Student Association was formed at Stanford GSB in 1983, a time, says Bruce Thompson, former member and MBA class of ’84, when the number of Black students reached “critical mass.” “There was a general feeling,” he explained, “that we needed to have our own voice, as part of the business school and as part of the broader community.”

This year the student identity group also kicked off the Ally Series – discussions and meetings centered on what allyship means and how to be an effective ally. The BBSA also hosts a yearly student retreat and the annual BBSA conference, the oldest student-led conference at Stanford GSB.

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