Our BSC president, Grace, is a senior at Yale, originally from Union, New Jersey. She’s an MCDB (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology) major. Grace is very excited for this year's participants to challenge themselves on some of the ideas about blackness that we’ve all inherited. She thinks this year’s BSC will help our community take serious steps to building genuine solidarity from within.
Adam, our vice-president, is a junior Chemical Engineering Major from Columbia, Maryland. He’s really excited for the experience as a whole. BSC amazes him every year; he believes it is such a unique and special thing that so many people can come together in celebration of blackness.
Alyssa is a senior literature major specializing in German. She’s from Washington, D.C. but currently lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This is her fourth and last year on the BSC board and she’s most excited about this year’s theme. This theme has been requested since her first year and she’s excited to see it finally come together.
Naiya is a sophomore from Washington, D.C., who is double-majoring in African American Studies and Political Science. She’s so excited to see the power of community manifested through so many passionate young Black people. (And of course, to see a sheer “lituation.”)
Amani Hill is a sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. She plans to double major in English and Film & Media Studies and is passionate about telling black stories. This year at BSC, she is especially excited about seeing so many new black faces on campus and being able to engage in dialogues with people that have a diverse range of experiences. BSC is such a great opportunity to hear black stories, so Amani can’t wait to meet you all!
Jaster is a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia. He is a prospective double major in African American Studies and History: Politics and Law. He is most excited for being able to meet many amazing black undergrads from around the country and getting to listen to many inspirational speakers throughout the Black Solidarity Conference!
This is Liam Riley, a rising junior in Timothy Dwight College studying African-American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This Minneapolis native works at the Af-Am house, for Dwight Hall as an Urban Fellow, and for the Office of LGBTQ Resources as a Peer Liaison. He’s also a member of the a cappella group, Mixed Company of Yale. This is his second year on the BSC Housing and Outreach Committee. He's very excited about making this year's conference come to life!
Hawa is a junior from Bronx, New York. She is a Political Science major. Like every year, she is excited to see the wave of beautiful, excited, and energized black students that come to BSC, the sense of community that is present during workshops, and the laugher, light, and happiness at the closing ceremony.
Zyria is a first-year in Trumbull College at Yale. She's a prospective Psych-Neuroscience and African-American studies major from Gaffney, South Carolina. Zyria is on the step-team and on the FSY (First-year Students at Yale) Student Council and loves soul food and music. She's super excited to have meaningful discussions and make connections with fellow college students!
Nichole is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the History Department. She studies 20th century American History, with a concentration in post-WWII urban and suburban history. Her hometown is Levittown, New York. She’s most excited to meet other black undergraduate and graduate students from around the country to celebrate the diversity of the black experience.
Richard is a first-year from the Southside of Chicago, Illinois. Although undeclared in his major, he is undoubtedly excited for the opportunity to work alongside the talented people helping to put together the conference. He cannot wait to engage with the many beautiful, black faces attending BSC!
Mariko Rooks is a first year in Trumbull College here at Yale. A prospective History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health major, she is particularly focused on improving healthcare systems and access in minority communities. She is from Los Angeles, California (go Dodgers!). As a member of the Speakers' Committee, she is excited about bringing in amazing folks to speak about different facets of Blackness.
Anita is a sophomore from Memphis, Tennessee by way of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is our Artistic Director and plans to major in Psychology and American Studies. Anita says she’s so excited to see so many beautiful people come together for another year.
Clyde Hunt III
Clyde is a first-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management (SOM). Prior to SOM, Clyde worked as a Subsea Engineer for Chevron Corporation in Houston, TX. Clyde is a native of Memphis, TN and a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is excited about the engaging conversations and the resulting actions that will come out of the Black Solidarity Conference.
Reyanna is a first-year from Evanston, Illinois. She’s currently undeclared in her major, but she may be a prospective Mathematics and Economics major in the future. Reyanna is ecstatic about meeting conference participants from universities all over the country!
Ray is a first-year in Grace Hopper College and is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is considering a double-major in Political Science and African-American Studies. This year for BSC, he is looking forward to learning, leading, and listening throughout the many conference events.
Catherine is a first-year from Maplewood, New Jersey. She’s currently undecided in her major and is excited to mix and mingle with so many beautiful black people.
Elliot Wailoo is a first-year In Saybrook College from New Jersey—he grew up in Metuchen and now lives in Princeton. At Yale, he’s interested in studying English, African American Studies, or Ethnicity, Race and Migration. He loves running, Zadie Smith, and Janelle Monáe, and he’s super excited to meet everyone at BSC!
Branson is a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois who is majoring in African-American Studies. He’s very excited to have important conversations with other students of the diaspora.