The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is a strong and respected organization with a mission to address the issues and concerns unique to employees of African origin and promotes the full inclusion of people of African descent at the University of Utah.
We advocate progress through the promotion of critical dialogue, networking, recruitment and retention, professional development, mentoring, and cultural programs that emphasize traditions of the African and African diasporic communities.
2020 State of utah black affairs summit
This year's Summit has been postponed until further notice.
Meet the faculty and staff who are instrumental to this association:
Alex Francis, B.S.
Department of Economics
Paula Smith, PH.D.
Interim AVP for Equity & Diversity (Academic Affairs)
ASMA HASSAN, M.ED.
TIANA ROGERS, PH.D.
Sorenson Impact Center
Jatara smith, Mpa.
Black Cultural Center/African-American Doctoral Scholars Initiative
JOjo beyene, m.Ed.
College of Health
For general questions, contact BFSA by email here!
For more specific inquires such as speaker requests, new faculty/staff inquires, collaborative/sponsorship opportunities, membership, and events please contact Co-Chair, Alex Francis-Riggan.
The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) was established to address the issues and concerns unique to employees of African origin at the University of Utah. BFSA functions in the following ways:
- Information sharing organization to support the recruitment, career development and retention of its members.
- Resource to campus administration to ensure that the University is equipped to meet its mission of academic excellence by maintaining its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and meaningful representation of a variety of voices in education.
- Influential voice to support the recruitment and retention of African and African diasporic students.
BFSA maintains a cohesive network system that works cooperatively across all campus levels, and the community.