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Black Student Association

The Black Student Association (BSA) is an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1992 by African American students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

 The BSA is open to all students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center regardless of ethnic background, discipline, or other affiliations. The Black Student Association also offers a number of opportunities to participate in community service. Our most recent projects include collaborations with the Mid-South Food Bank and the Room in the Inn. Throughout the year, we coordinate many health fairs and mentoring events within the community.


Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet

bsa banquet

Eight student leaders were honored at the 2019 BSA Awards Banquet. They are, from left, Tierney Jordan, Karen Ann Martin, Tamika Douglas, Chassidy Grimes, Bria Sharp, Karen Merriweather, Alicia Rogers, and Kiera Crutcher (Photo by Antoine Lever of A. Lever Studio).

The Black Student Association Awards and Recognition Banquet is held annually to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of graduating BSA students. It also provides our diverse University community an opportunity to forge stronger ties of friendship and mutual support. Click here to view the story.


Meeting Dates

The BSA meets on the last Wednesday of each month in GEB at 12:00 pm. The specific room number will be communicated via the BSA listserv.

Spring Meeting Dates:

January 30

February 27

March 27

April 24


Officers and Advisors

2018-2019 Officers

Karen Merriweather, Dentistry

Vice President
Gregory Brown, Dental Hygiene

Se'Toria Valentine, Dental Hygiene

Ontario Ward, Dentistry

DJ Barrow, Pharmacy

Social Chair
Curtis McKoy, Pharmacy

Service Chair
Elizabeth Sueing, Physical Therapy

College Representatives

Dentistry: Kayla Jones

Graduate Health Sciences: Vacant

Health Professions: Elizabeth Sueing

Medicine: Sarah Asemota

Nursing: Rashedah Young

Pharmacy: DJ Barrow


Dustin Fulton, MS
Associate Director of Student Affairs

Pamela Houston, MS
Director of Special Events and Community Affairs

Last Published: Apr 4, 2019