The MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC) is rooted in history. My involvement in MSC WBAC has taught me that adapting and overcoming challenges is of utmost importance when leading an organization. The experience is one of service to the community of Texas A&M but it is also full of joy and laughter in getting to know and work with your peers.
Political Science | Kingston, Jamaica
I serve MSC WBAC so that I can provide leadership and coordinate the efforts of my committee. Although this position is remarkably challenging, I have grown to see myself as strong. I have learned that although it is easy to focus on the shortcomings of your performance, better outcomes are possible when you nourish the progress of yourself and your team.
Economics | Houston, Texas
Founded in 1969 as an ad-hoc operating committee in the Memorial Student Center, the Black Awareness Committee took on the charge of addressing issues directly affecting black students at Texas A&M University and provide cultural programming for the entire university community. In 2004, the organization reestablished itself at the Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC), which today continues to focus on the culture, concerns, history, and heritage of African-Americans with the intent to educate and explore.
WBAC provides educational programming, community building, and enriching experiences that enhance the understanding of the culture and contributions of people of African descent and their impact on society.
The goals of WBAC are to expose all students and campus community members to educational programming related to Black culture, history, heritage and the events throughout the African diaspora. WBAC also aims to educate students and campus community members by providing relevant programming, diverse perspectives, and engaging presenters that explore ideas and issues germane to black people locally, regionally and around the world.
As an African American student at a predominately white institution, I felt as though I was losing my culture. I grew to love my friends and the Texas A&M atmosphere but longed for a place to be where others shared my similar background and customs. WBAC was that place for me. Not only was I able to further my knowledge of the African diaspora but also I was able to meet so many other people in different organizations. This year our chair was adamant about developing a more professional environment bring further infrastructure to our organization. The growth that MSC WBAC has experienced this year is setting us up for success in the future. As a leader, always be prepared to not only see your organization grow but for you to be challenged to grow as well.
Sociology | Duncanville, Texas
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