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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.


NEW Faculty/Staff


Internal and external resources for those new to Utah and/or the University.

Learn more about Faculty/Staff

2020-2021 Meetings


BFSA meeting dates, times, and locations for the academic year.


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2020-2021 Events


Upcoming BFSA, institutional, and community events.

learn more about 2019-2020 Events

Faculty/Staff Advocacy Resources


Resources that provide guidance around conflict resolution and management.

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State of Utah Black Affairs Summit 


BFSA's premiere conference established to connect, enrich, and empower Black communities across Utah. 

LEARN MORE about State of Utah Black Affairs Summit


Meet the faculty and staff who are instrumental to this association:

Alex Francis, B.S.


Department of Economics


Dr. Paula Smith

Paula Smith, PH.D.

 Co-Chair (Interim)

 Interim AVP for Equity & Diversity (Academic Affairs)



Bennion Center


Dr. Tiana Rogers



Sorenson Impact Center


Jatara smith, Mpa.


Black Cultural Center/African-American Doctoral Scholars Initiative

JOjo beyene, m.Ed.

Social Planning/Events

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.

Last Updated: 10/8/20