ELKINS - The outpouring of support following a Davis & Elkins College Speech and Debate Team presentation inspired seven young women to form a new student organization. The topic “Davis & Elkins College Should Create a Black Student Union” was met with a resounding “yes.”
Jakeya Perrin, a member of the debate team, is now the president of the College’s Black Student Union (BSU).
“We chose the topic to stir conversation and see if there was interest in the forming of the group,” said Perrin of Huntington, West Virginia. “It was positive feedback, so I decided to take that momentum and get the ball rolling. The girls agreed with me and we have been working hard to get this going.”
Joining Perrin on the executive board are Vice President Azaria Green of Atlanta, Georgia; Secretary Rebekah Brown of Roanoke, Virginia; Treasurer Alexandrea Washington of Roanoke, Virginia; Events and Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Brown of Roanoke, Virginia; Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Moesha Moncrieffe of Huntsville, Alabama; and Fundraising and Activities Planner Megan Augustine of New Orleans, Louisiana. Adjunct Professor of Dance Laurie Goux serves as adviser.
“Our mission is to be the voice for the black students on campus and to spread awareness on our culture, inspire our future classmates and be active in the community,” Perrin said.
Encouragement for forming the BSU came from not only the campus community and the students’ parents, but alumni as well. In addition, President Chris A. Wood wrote the students a personal letter applauding them for establishing the new organization and pledging his support.
“A diverse campus reflects our diverse world, and is an appropriate place to live and learn together,” Wood wrote.
Although the organization is less than a month in the works, they have already achieved special recognition. Their display, complete with live African drum music, garnered the unanimous vote as Best Student Organization Booth at the New Registration Day on April 7. The organization’s logo, hand-outs and stickers were created by D&E art student Marquis Allen of Providence Forge, Virginia.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Members of the executive board of the new Davis & Elkins College Black Student Union are, from left, seated, President Jakeya Perrin and Vice President Azaria Green; standing Secretary Rebekah Brown, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator Moesha Moncrieffe, Fundraising and Activities Planner Megan Augustine, Events and Outreach Coordinator Elizabeth Brown and Treasurer Alexandrea Washington.