Natalie Gutierrez | Staff Writer
FIU’s Black Student Union will host its State of the Union address on Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Graham Center Ballrooms at the Modesto Maidique Campus.
At the event, attendees will meet the executive board and learn about upcoming events hosted by the BSU.
Grace Biggers, a senior majoring in natural applied sciences and president of BSU, shared insight about tonight’s event.
“Students can expect to meet and speak with the executive board, get more details on what BSU is, as well as opportunities to speak with faculty members,” said Biggers.
“On a larger scale, it will allow faculty to understand how to better support BSU and student government as far as things we need and future events. I also think it is a great way for Black students to connect.”
BSU also emphasizes freshmen attending the event, especially as they network with other students and adapt to life on campus.
Vice president Sania Borom, a senior and criminal justice major, believes this event will offer a sense of camaraderie, bringing students from diverse cultural backgrounds and communities together.
“Basically, students can be their authentic selves, communicate, and connect with alumni, faculty, and peers. This is an event that attracts a lot of different communities,” said Borom.
As a student-led organization promoting inclusion and allyship, BSU aims to promote education, social awareness and advocacy.
“The purpose of BSU is to create a safe space, advocate, educate, and engage. It also provides networking opportunities and creates a space where the Black community at FIU can be their authentic selves,” said Borom.
Compared to past State of the Union addresses, this year’s event will be more “mixer” style, with opportunities for students and faculty to chat. Biggers feels that this will make the event feel more interactive in nature.
“Usually, we have a guest speaker come in and share their stories to try to inspire and engage students. This year, we will not be preaching to the crowd the whole time and instead, we will have time to mix and mingle,” said Biggers.
Food and beverages will be provided, and cocktail attire is required.
“I think this is significant because it opens up the year with people getting that personal one-on-one experience with the E-board,” said Biggers.
“It makes BSU more approachable, too. I think it will be all-around better for us as a signature event.”