Black Student Union’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

BSU students

Black Student Union’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, September 16

September 16-17, 2022

Please join us as we celebrate Black excellence! The Black Student Union (BSU) has been a cornerstone for minoritized, underserved, underprivileged and multicultural students at UNI for the past 50 years. Formerly known as the Afro-American Society (AAS) and established in 1968, AAS was a platform to make campus a more welcoming and inclusive space for students of color.

In October 1972, the Black Student Union was formed upon the dissolution of AAS. BSU has continued to encourage fellowship among students of color and advances African American culture and Black excellence.

We look forward hearing stories, sharing a laugh and celebrating the last 50 years of BSU with you! Be sure to register for the event while ticket supplies last.

Friday, September 16
Reunion Banquet / 6-9 p.m. 
Old Central Ballroom, Maucker Union
Meal and cash bar provided
(A sponsorship became available allowing us not to charge for the banquet, but an RSVP is required. Tickets available while supplies last.)

Emcee: Juana Hollingsworth, '16, '17
Keynote speaker: Courtlandt Butts, '02
Motivational speaker: Pernell Cezar, '10
Music and Entertainment: DJ Darion

Courtlandt Butts is the founder of LifeGuardian Worldwide LLC and an equity transformation specialist. He earned a Master of Arts degree in educational technology at UNI in 2002 and served as president of the Minority Graduate Student Association.

Pernell Cezar is the co-founder and CEO of BLK & Bold Specialty Beverages. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degrees in marketing and finance in 2010 and served as student body president.

Saturday, September 17
Campus tours  /  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Depart for a tour of campus at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. from the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union.

BSU Family Reunion Cookout (Tailgate)  /  12 p.m. to 3 p.m.     
Chat with other alumni and friends at the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union. Food and soft drinks will be provided. Music and entertainment by DJ Darion.

UNI Football vs. Sacramento State  /  4 p.m.

Online registration for this event is now closed. To be added to a wait list for banquet availability, please email Chiquita Loveless.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of hotel rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express in Cedar Falls (1614 Technology Parkway). To reserve your room, call 319-277-2400. Request the Black Student Union Reunion block of $99 per night. This specially discounted rate expires August 17, 2022.


Contact the UNI Alumni Association at or 319-273-2355.

Photo provided courtesy of University Archives.