Black Action Society
The University of Pittsburgh’s Black Action Society (BAS) serves as the hub for all Black students on campus to get connected with each other and the greater Pittsburgh community. Ever since the first members of Black Action Society took control of the Cathedral of Learning’s computer lab 51 years ago, BAS has been an action-oriented organization dedicated to serving its members. However, our impact on the University does not stop with just Black students. We strive to include people of all ethnic backgrounds by hosting collaborative events with organizations that serve different populations than us. The true essence of BAS is an enlightening experience that aims to increase perspective, raise awareness, and break down barriers.
Black Action Society takes great pride in providing some of the most impactful events on Pitt’s campus. Before the start of every school year, BAS plans its annual events and initiatives, then the Student Government Board allocates funds based on the budget. However, there are many more community-serving initiatives and projects that BAS members want to pursue but cannot because they aren’t explicitly listed in the budget. Any extra events have to be paid for via fundraising money.
With your help, we will have the ability to continue funding events like the Black Prestige Gala (a formal, festive celebration of the successes of Black and minority students), bring in highly-requested speakers, and grant us the overall financial flexibility for general operating costs. Furthermore, your assistance will enable us to continue aiding our Black peers by awarding annual academic-based scholarships, providing resources for our new mentoring program which pairs BAS members with middle-school students in the Hill District, and funding events that bring the Black community together, whether that be speakers, cookouts, or are inaugural Black Graduation Ceremony.
How You Can Help
It sounds cliché, but any amount really does help! Please consider making a donation to BAS, and help us continue to serve the Black and minority communities at Pitt. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will help us enrich the Black experience at Pitt and help us celebrate a culture of inclusion.
If you can’t make a donation at this time, you can still help us out by sharing our link via email, word of mouth, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other form of media to help us reach our goal! If you have any questions about the fundraiser or BAS in general, please feel free to contact our Financial Secretary Deanna Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or our President Jenea Lyles at email@example.com. Words can’t express how thankful we are for your support!