Civic Engagement

Black Student Caucus a leader in civic engagement efforts

As the new semester begins, the A_LAB’s Center for Civic Engagement wants to recognize the many student groups and individual students who have participated in nearly 500 hours of service during the fall semester! But, one group in particular stood out with their consistent commitment to the Oglethorpe creed, “Make a difference.”

Photo: Mark Swinnie

The Black Student Caucus (BSC) logged over 250 hours of service during the semester, under the leadership of executive board members Caleb Logan, Mark Swinnie, Deon Heavens, Cierra Miller, Arielle Shaw and Tyler Stridiron. Their impact was felt both on and off campus—and it began at the very start of the academic year.

In September, the BSC invited a group of eager Drew Charter elementary school students to campus for a day filled with crafts, fellowship, and barbecue. The group also took on the project of repainting the handrails leading from the library parking to the Turner Lynch Campus Center courtyard. And, BSC members’ faces have become well-known at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, where they have committed more than 100 combined hours to sorting and packing food for some of Atlanta’s most food-insecure residents.

Next semester, the group plans to continue their work with the food bank while also pursuing a number of additional long-term service projects. The BSC welcomes all members of the Oglethorpe community to join them in making a difference. You can find information about the group and service opportunities on OU Connect.

Photo: Mark Swinnie

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