About Us

Mission:

The Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) is designed to cultivate and connect Black faculty and staff with the greater university community. The BFSA will serve as the organized support system to help Black faculty and staff navigate the university system while providing a platform to vocalize their thoughts, concerns, needs and ideas to support the overall mission of the institution.

Vision:

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is a collective of diverse staff and faculty that connects Black communities, actively addresses institutional issues that may impact minoritized groups, and advocates for  equitable opportunities to fully embrace and honor the knowledge, wisdom, and contributions of Black peoples at Iowa State University.

Philosophy:

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) values:

  • Collective Engagement: Bringing diverse cultural communities together in inclusive, transparent, respectful environments to engage in individual and professional growth.
  • Experiential Knowledge: Respect and honor the experiences brought forth by community members as valuable and key to problem-solving diverse issues.
  • Equitable Diversity: Community members have fair and just opportunities for success free from marginalization, intolerance, and discrimination.
  • Reflective Education:  As a university community, we must all engage in reflection to uncover and address unconscious, conscious, explicit, and implicit beliefs that alienate

We the Black Faculty & Staff Association believe that when groups of varying cultures come together with open minds, everyone experiences growth. Discrimination, ignorance, and intolerance occur in conscious and unconscious, explicit and implicit ways. We believe it is primarily through exposure, experiences, and education that Iowa State University promotes an environment of inclusivity, transparency, and respect.

Goals:

In order to accomplish our mission and advance our vision, BFSA will:

  1. Provide social opportunities that allow for social networking amongst members and the larger university community.
  2. Provide opportunities for professional development and enrichment amongst members.
  3. Ensure representation on and membership in key institutional committees, meetings, and caucuses.
  4. Support and strengthen the university’s existing goals related to diversity and social justice both within the campus and the surrounding communities.

History

George Washington Carver arrived at Iowa State in 1891, becoming the first Black to enroll, graduate, and join the faculty. Since that period, there are several noteworthy milestones for Black students, faculty, and staff at ISU. In 1968, the Dean of Students recruited the first group of Black students and the Black Cultural Center was incorporated and property was purchased at 517 Welch in 1969. In 1972, the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs (originally Minority Student Affairs) position within the Dean of Students office was established. In 1975, Iowa State University established the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and since that time Black faculty and staff have met as needed to address the needs of students, staff, and faculty of color.

In 2012, a group of concerned faculty and staff met to re-establish the organization to develop a coordinated, ongoing effort to bring together Black faculty and staff to enhance student success, promote faculty and staff development and retention, and fill a void to serve Black faculty and staff. The Black Faculty and Staff Association is your association.

Leadership

    Jazzmine Brooks, Current Chair
    Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity

    Jazzmine Brooks (she, they) is Equity and Inclusion Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity. She manages and supports campus needs around accessibility, campus climate response, and various other inclusion initiatives across campus and Iowa communities.

    Samone Whitfield, Outgoing Chair
    Assistant Director of Development, Iowa State University Foundation.

    Angela Shaw, Special Chair  
    Associate Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition

    Dr. Angela Shaw is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Food Microbiology/Safety at Iowa State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.