Elizabeth Namagoba

"Graduate school can be stressful sometimes, and it is always good to know that I have the BGSA family to support and encourage me."

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is an organization dedicated to making the Oregon State University community aware of and responsive to the needs and concerns of black graduate students. The BGSA serves as a professional and social support body for graduate and undergraduate students. BGSA is particularly concerned with the recruitment and retention of black undergraduates into graduate school.

Email: bgsaatosu@gmail.com

Facebook: OSU — Black Graduate Student Association

 

Who can join? Why join?

Absolutely everyone is welcome to join! The Black Graduate Student Association at Oregon State University is a professional and social support body dedicated to address the needs and concerns of graduate students. BGSA aims to support, instruct and inspire both graduate and undergraduate students.

How did you get involved?

I learned about the BGSA at the graduate school fair in fall 2015, where I met some of the members, and I signed up to join the organization.

What is your best memory?

My best memory is when we went bowling for our end-of-fall-term social. It was really refreshing to celebrate the end of the term with friends.

What is the community like?

I have had an amazing experience with this organization. Graduate school can be stressful sometimes, and it is always good to know that I have the BGSA family to support and encourage me.

When did you first feel a sense of belonging on campus?

My first BGSA meeting and social in fall 2015. Meeting different people who were pursuing their Ph.D. in various disciplines, some of whom were minorities like myself, made me feel like I can make it through graduate school as well.

How have you grown from being involved?

BGSA offers career development opportunities. I’ve been involved with the graduate school workshop where we talk to undergraduate students about graduate school and what it takes to get admitted into graduate or professional school. Also, I’ve been able to participate in the research forum, which gave me an opportunity to practice talking about my research work. Lastly, I attended the National Black Graduate Student Association conference in Houston, Texas, where I presented my research as well.