Welcome

On behalf of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) we extend a warm welcome to the University of Utah. We are excited to have you on campus and look forward to meeting you and getting to know more about you. We also want you to get to know us, and what we have to offer.

BFSA was established to bring a positive presence of Black faculty, staff, post-docs and students to the University of Utah. We strive to create a welcoming environment especially to new members of our community as well as a supportive network to past, present, and future individuals of the African American community. The purpose of BFSA is to be an organization that enhances the educational, social, and professional opportunities and assist in acclimating to the U of U environment. To that end we organize, sponsor and support events that hold unique interests to the BFSA membership and local community. We extend this open invitation to you to join us, get involved, and be a part of this progressive association.

A few tips to get the most out of BFSA:

  • Join the BFSA Listserv AND make the BFSA web site a favorite. They will keep you apprised of all BFSA news, and events. It is the primary way that we communicate with the general body.
  • Attend monthly general body meetings. They occur from 11:30am-1pm Thursdays in the College of Education. This is your opportunity to network, receive guidance, and navigate the campus.
  • Join a committee. You have choices. Scholarships, Lecture Series, Mentoring, Social Events, Membership, and Professional Development. Don’t see something you like, come talk to us.

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven A. Bell, Teshia B. Griswold
and the Black Faculty and Staff Executive Board

People

Meet the faculty and staff who are instrumental to this association.
Steven Bell, Ph.D.
Steven Bell, Ph.D.

Co-chair

Assistant Professor, Occupational and Recreational Therapies | College of Health

    Teshia Griswold
    Teshia Griswold

    Co-chair

    Academic Advisor, Department of Biology | College of Science

      Paula Smith, Ph.D.
      Paula Smith, Ph.D.

      Treasurer

      Associate Professor |Education Leadership & Policy

        Sophia Gawu
        Sophia Gawu

        Secretary

        Business Data Analyst Sr. | Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety

          Portia Anderson
          Portia Anderson

          Historian

          Retention Coordinator & Advisor, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs | Student Equity and Diversity

            Nicole Robinson, Ph.D.
            Nicole Robinson, Ph.D.

            Board Member

            Interim Assistant Vice President | Office for Equity and Diversity

              Vivian D'Andrade

              Board Member

              Masters Candidate | Education, Culture & Society / College of Education

                Pat Ross
                Pat Ross

                Board Member

                Administrative Assistant, Gender Studies | School for Cultural and Social Transformation

                  Laurence Parker, Ph.D.
                  Laurence Parker, Ph.D.

                  Immediate Past President

                  Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy | College of Education

                    The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) was established on Friday, August 17, 2012 to address the issues and concerns unique to employees of African origin at the University of Utah. The goal of BSFA is to promote the full inclusion of African Americans at the University of Utah. BFSA functions in the following ways:
                    • Information sharing organization to support the recruitment, career development and retention of our members
                    • Resource to the campus administration to ensure that the University is equipped to meet its mission of academic excellence by maintaining its commitment to diversity and meaningful representation of a variety of voices in education
                    • Influential voice to support the recruitment and retention of African American students.
                    BFSA will develop and maintain a cohesive network system that will work cooperatively across all campus levels. Ultimately, BFSA aims to bring together the African American community internally and externally.