Black Student Achievement provides a variety of programmatic offerings, workshops and individual leadership initiatives to ensure students’ success and development.
Black Student Achievement Presidents’ Council
Black Student Achievement coordinates a presidents’ council that consists of student leaders. These students meet monthly to discuss current and upcoming events, resources, collaborative programming efforts, membership recruitment and organizational development. The meetings serve to build a firm alliance between all the student leaders involved.
Black Student Leadership Institute
The Black Student Leadership Institute is a five-week series designed for students of color; however, all students are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Students engage in conversations and activities surrounding leadership development, cultural competence and racial and ethnic identity. While participating in the institute, students are connected to Georgia State alumni and acquire practical leadership skills that are attractive to student organizations and employers. Scholarships are awarded to students who complete the institute.
Black Men’s Dialogue
A monthly discussion about issues affecting Black men. This includes the intersection of race, gender, masculinity, sexuality, culture, economics and other identities. In collaboration with the Counseling Center.
Black Women’s Dialogue
A monthly discussion about issues affecting Black women. This includes the intersection of race, gender, femininity, sexuality, culture, economics and other identities. In collaboration with the Counseling Center.
Hot Wings Hot Topics
Hot Wings Hot Topics is a bi-weekly discussion for faculty, staff and students to engage in hot topic conversations. Conversations are held the first and third Mondays of each month.
Black Student Achievement developed a toolkit to help students to develop their leadership skills.
One-on-One Leadership Sessions
Students who are looking to become involved on campus and grow their talents and skills as student leaders and need guidance on how to do both strategically, can contact Black Student Achievement and schedule an appointment with the student affairs advisor. Together, the student affairs advisor and the student will craft a plan of action that is achievable and takes the student to the next level.
Students who need assistance can receive advisement in the areas of academics, personal, social and career choices. Black Student Achievement advises the following organizations:
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Mu Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Mu Chapter was the first Black Greek Letter Organization to be chartered on a predominantly white campus in the state of Georgia. This chapter stands firmly by its mission, “to be men of action, balancing and exhibiting the commitment, intelligence, unity within and humility necessary to enhance ourselves and our communities.”
Black Graduate Student Association
The Black Graduate Student Association is dedicated to the enhancement of the graduate experience of African American students and students of African descent at Georgia State University. These efforts include, but are not limited to, facilitating the transition from undergraduate to graduate school, providing academic support, recruiting and providing the opportunity for fellowship, service and activism.
Black Sophomore Society
By providing opportunities through engaging programming, community service and academic empowerment, the Black Sophomore Society is dedicated to advancing all students through their collegiate career in the crucial sophomore year.
Black Student Alliance
Black Student Alliance (BSA) seeks to break the cultural barriers between race and ethnicity in order to connect people of the African diaspora. BSA@GSU isn’t just another student organization; we are a COLLECTIVE. In order to excel to the next level, we need passionate people with the desire to push the boundaries and make people listen.
Blacks for Liberation and Cooperative Community Action (B.L.C.C.A)
Blacks for Liberation and Cooperative Community Action is a community organization seeking to uplift the Black community by finding and implementing tangible, scalable and sustainable solutions to the variety of issues that plague the Black community. We believe Black folks should have the autonomy and freedom to self-determine our own lives and futures without the intervention of the colonial white power structure.
Conscious Collective provides an urban platform for self-expression through all art forms from spoken word to culinary creations. The organization provides an environment that supports and educates one another and gives members the opportunity to express themselves freely and think critically.
Crowned Jewels Dance Team
The Crown Jewels Dance Team provides team members with the opportunity to develop creativity, personal growth, enrichment and appreciation for the arts through majorette style dancing while promoting school spirit, pride, tradition and student involvement to increase community awareness of Georgia State.
The Cycle at GSU
The Cycle at GSU has a mission that centers service, equity and solidarity amongst all menstruating people. We celebrate periods and give products to those in need.
Greatest MINDS Society
The mission of Greatest MINDS Society at Georgia State University is to promote scholarship, excellence, leadership and high achievement among the African American and minority student populations on campus. The mission is accomplished by: 1) promoting mentoring that helps students achieve at the highest level of their ability; 2) organizing seminars, forums and workshops on campus with scholars, authors, community leaders in Atlanta and across the nation, faculty from Georgia State and other colleges and universities and other guest speakers; 3) encouraging member participation, volunteerism and leadership in activities on campus and in the community; and 4) presenting Georgia State University as a premier research institution at conferences and events at HBCUs, state colleges and universities, national nonprofits, community organizations and federal agencies.
Her Campus GSU
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own magazine? Her Campus GSU is looking for the best writers, journalists, bloggers, public relations gurus, photographers and filmmakers on campus! Her Campus GSU is all about recognizing Georgia State University’s most amazing collegiettes. A collegiette is a college woman who is on top of her game (strategically career minded, distinctly fashionable, socially connected, academically driven and smartly health conscious) and who endeavors to get the most out of her college experience on every level.
Infinite Appeal Modeling Association
Infinite Appeal is for students who are interested in fashion, photography, journalism or visual display. Every year, Infinite Appeal organizes a spring fashion show, giving students the unique chance to model in the show, as well as work behind the scenes with the organization and production of an actual fashion show. Members are also involved with other fashion shows, events and community service on campus and in the downtown Atlanta community. These events offer networking opportunities with professionals from all areas of the fashion industry.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The purpose of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
National Black Law Students Association (Pre-Law Division)
The Pre-Law Division (PLD) is the undergraduate component of the National Black Law Students Association (NBSLA). NBSLA-PLD assists minority undergraduate students to make informed decisions about pursuing a legal education and attempts to increase minority law school enrollment by providing valuable information about the application process, life as a law student, the practice of law and the advantages of having a law degree.
Peerless Perfexion is an elite group of steppers on the campus of Georgia State University. This step team helps male freshmen transition from high school to college by offering mentoring, networking, community service, professional development and brotherhood.
Project: FLOW (Fulfilling the Lives of Women) was founded during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, in June of 2020, in order to provide outreach to the period poverty-ridden community. By assisting through donations, education and advocacy, we believe that healthy women equal a healthy world.
SHE (Sisters Helping Each other)
SHE is a community service based organization created to equip women for future success through service while focusing on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of college women. SHE aims to empower women through dialogue, campus and community involvement and the overall promotion of self-love.
STARS at Georgia State
STARS at Georgia State’s mission is to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health and illness in the Black community by empowering people of color to engage in both productive conversations and help-seeking behavior as well as encourage our STARS to be their brightest and most self-actualized persons.
Tighter Grip has a mission that is three-fold: provide students with a Tighter Grip in academic studies, interpersonal relationships, career focus and self-identity, via group discussions, team building and lectures. Secondly, establish brotherhood and business connections across campus organizations, the student body and the Atlanta community. Third, to undergo a mentoring certification program to effectively engage, encourage and challenge middle and high school students.
Communication is the essential element to accomplishing goals, expressing messages and receiving information. The following links provide information on developing communication skills:
- Innovative team building activities
- Communication exercise: Giving feedback
- Communication, coordination and cooperation games
It can be difficult to maintain motivation. The following links can assist in self-motivation and motivating others:
- More motivated in minutes: Five science-backed tricks to get you going
- 10 techniques to increase motivation and willpower
- Everything counts: The six ways to inspire and motivate top performance
Accountability is holding someone responsible for their actions and words. Learn how with these articles:
Public speaking is one of the most common fears people have, but it doesn’t have to be. Browse these links to incorporate tips and feedback about public speaking:
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