Black Faculty and Staff Association

Welcome to the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) website! Our goal is to build community and highlight resources that enhance the personal and professional development of Black faculty and staff. We encourage your participation and support throughout the academic year.

BFSA membership is open to all faculty and staff at Iowa State University, regardless of race, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Upcoming BFSA Meetings

Please mark your calendar for upcoming BFSA meetings that being at 12:00 pm.  

We would love to have you join the conversation. Locations announced in Email Newsletter and Facebook Group (ISU Black Faculty and Staff Association).

  • September 23th - 4 - 6 pm (Welcome Back)
  • The Black Hour Events
  • Black and Connected - (Personal and Professional Development)

Contact Information

Contact Samone Whitfield or Osomiyor (Somi) Abalu for more information about our organization and/or to join our listserv.

Be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram!

Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates and New Hires

Upcoming events

Black and Connected

Black Wellness Track:
Presenter: Amber Jointer; Clinical Therapist, Clear Brook Counseling, Ames, IA
Topic: Mental Health and the Black Community 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12PM

Black Family Track:
Presenter: Dr. Monic Behnken; Associate Professor, Leadership Studies Director, and Ames Community School Board Elected Official
Topic: What Happens When my Child Learns Things About Society That I Didn't Teach Them at Home?
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12PM

Black Generational Wealth Track:
Presenter: Dareena Waddell; Realtor, Keller Williams Ankeny Metro
Topic: Home buying and purchase of Real Estate processes
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12PM

Black History Track:
Presenter: Dr. Madison DeShay-Duncan, Community Legacy Matters Inc.
Topic: “The Center Street Story: An Urban Renewal Retrospective” is the unique story of a thriving African-American business and residential district in Des Moines during the first half of the 20th century. ".
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12PM


Vacant, current chair

Samone Whitfield, outgoing chair
Assistant Director of Development, Iowa State University Foundation

Angela Shaw, special chair
Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Engage with us on social media:
Facebook @ISUBlackFacultyStaffAssociation
Instagram @bfsaisu