Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)

Charge

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is designed to cultivate and connect black faculty and staff with the greater university community. The BFSA serves 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.

 

BFSA membership is open to all faculty and staff at Iowa State University, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age (40 and over), marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, status as a U.S Veteran (disabled, Vietnam, or other), or other protected class.

 

Activity

BFSA committees include Welcome, Social Action, Professional Development, Community Outreach, Events/Social

Networking, Communications, and Honors and Awards.

Like our Facebook Page (ISU Black Faculty & Staff Association)

Individuals may request to be added to the BFSA newsletter listserve by contacting Samone Whitfield

For more information, visit the BFSA webpages at https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/black

 

Black Faculty and Staff Association Committees 2019-2020

1.     Chairs

                   a.     Outgoing Chair: Angela Shaw <angelaml@iastate.edu>

                   b.     Current Chair: Samone Whitfield <swhitfield@foundation.iastate.edu>

                   c.      Incoming Chair: Vacant

2.     Welcome Committee

                  a.     Purpose: Reaching out to potential hires and newly hired employees to help them transition to Iowa State and the Ames Community.

                  b.     Lead: Tera Jordan <trh@iastate.edu>

3.     Social Action Committee

                 a.     Purpose: Work with University Administration to determine appropriate courses of action to address identified concerns of the BFSA constituency.

                 b.     Lead: Connie Hargrave <cph@iastate.edu> and Brenda Jones <eppright@iastate.edu>

4.     Professional Development

                 a.     Purpose: Seeks to support Black faculty and staff in promoting lifelong learning that impacts all areas of life-mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual

                 b.     Lead: Jowelle Mitchell <jowelle@iastate.edu>

5.     Community Outreach

                 a.     Purpose: Facilitates the organization’s support of the Ames community through services

                 b.     Lead: Brenda Thorbs-Weber <btweber@iastate.edu>

6.     Events/Social Networking Committee

                 a.     Purpose: Coordinates efforts to plan and organize special events designed to cultivate social networks

                 b.     Lead: Audrey Kennis <kennis@iastate.edu>

7.         Communications Committee

                 a.     Purpose: Disseminate information about programs, events, and opportunities to the BFSA membership

                        through an email newsletter and social media

                 b.     Lead: Osomiyor (Somi) Abalu <ooabalu@iastate.edu>

8.        Honors and Awards Committee

                 a.     Purpose: (1) solicit nominations for faculty, staff, and alumni; (2) complete award nominations for department,

                        college, university, and other professional organizations, where appropriate; and (3) make recommendations

                        to departments , offices, and professional organizations about faculty, staff, and alumni who may be strong

                        candidates for awards.

                 b.     Lead: Tera Jordan <trh@iastate.edu>


 

https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/bfsa

 

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.

About us

BFSA committees

Community resources

African American Resource Guide (2018)

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 12th - 4 - 6 pm (Welcome Back)

October 30th  -  Empowering Resiliency During Challenging Times (Professional Development)

November 20th – Planning for Retirement (Professional Development)

December 13th -  Holiday Social (Social Event)

January 8th  Estate Planning (Professional Development)

Juneteenth (Social Event)

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! http://www.facebook.com/IsuBlackFacultyStaffAssociation

Resources for Faculty and Staff Candidates and New Hire

Schedule a Visit with BFSA Welcoming Committee

Welcome a New Hire

Chair

Samone Whitfield, current chair

Grant Coordinator, LAS External Research Support (LASERS)

Upcoming events

 

October:  Professional Development

November: Professional Development

December:  Holiday Social

January: Professional Development

February:  Black History Month Events

June:  Juneteenth Celebration

 

Current Members

View Former Members

Name Role Representation Start Term End Term
Shaw, Angela Chair At-large 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Whitfield, Samone Past Chair At-large 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Behnken, Monic Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Hargrave, Connie Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jun 2018 30 Jul 2020
Jones, Brenda Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Jordan, Tera Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Kennis, Audrey Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Lazard, Kevin Member At-large 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
Thorbs-Weber, Brenda Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020
vacant, Member BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair 01 Jul 2018 30 Jun 2020

Resources

Composition

  • At-large (3)
  • BFSA Committee Chair or Co-Chair (8)


Sponsor

Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion