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BCC Ambassa’Dores

Name:  Nia V. Carter
Hometown:  Dallas, Texas

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I wanted to create awareness of the Vanderbilt Black community and encourage diversity.  Moreover, it is a place with an inward and outward focus to help the Black population and Vanderbilt population be more conscious.

What does the BCC mean to you?

BCC is a place to grow, encourage, and build each other and ourselves.  The BCC is more than an organization; it is a second family.

 

Name:  Emily M.  Cooper
Hometown:  Florence, South Carolina

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?.

I became a BCC Ambassa’DORE because I was inspired by the BCC when I first got to Vanderbilt. The BCC made me feel more comfortable and provided a sense of relief.  I want to help other students that look like me to feel the same way.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC is a home that promotes the unity of color on campus while maintaining relations with everyone on campus.  The staff is family, and the environment is welcoming.

 

Name:  Ceara I. Dorsey
Hometown:  Kansas City, Missouri

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I became an Ambassa’DORE because I want to play a role in building up and enhancing the Black experience on campus.  Not only does the position provide me with an opportunity to inspire others students to embrace their Black culture but it also gives me the benefit of self-growth.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC is the cornerstone of the Black community and foundation for Black pride at this university.  As some may know, the BCC was once called “The House, and as a first-year student, the BCC was the first place I felt like Vanderbilt University was my home.

 

Name:  Raegan A. Harrison
Hometown:  Queens, New York

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I became a BCC Ambassa’DORE because I believe in the impact of this space in Vanderbilt’s Black students.  My goal as a BCC Ambassa’DORE is to give students of color a safe haven in which they can be unapologetically Black.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC is one of the only spaces on Vanderbilt’s campus that celebrates African American history, stories, people, and experiences.  The BCC is the solidification of the impact of Black individuals and their experiences on this campus.  It is an affirmation of our existence. Is a statement that Blackness is here to stay.

 

Name:  Maryam K. Muhammad
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I became a BCC Ambassa’DORE not only to actualize my desire to represent the legacy of the BCC but also to surround myself with like-minded, dynamic Vanderbilt students.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC represents the audacity of Bishop Joseph Johnson, the courage of Perry Wallace, the drive of Walter Murray, and the other admirable traits of the many amazing Black pioneers of  Vanderbilt University.

Name:  Stephen Nandzo
Hometown:  Nashville, Tennessee

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I became a BCC Ambassa’DORE because of my longing to positively represent and advocate for the rich history of Black excellence of Vanderbilt, the students that have come before me, and the individuals who currently work, share, and call the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center ‘home’.  The BCC is a unique space in which I have grown and matured, and it is indeed an honor to be one of its representatives.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The Black Cultural Center is a “home away from home” for me; it is a support network, a site of education, and a nexus in which I can meet, connect and network with students who look like and differ from me.

 

Name:  Courtney B. Sanders
Hometown:  Denham Springs, Louisiana

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I wanted to introduce a space to other Black people where we can feel safe and understood.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC is a space where my friends and I can study and socialize with other like-minded individuals with enough diversity to foster real conversations and debates.

 

Name:  Elysia M. Tillman
Hometown:  Atlanta, Georgia

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I became a BCC Ambassa’DORE because when I was a prospective student worrying about college, the BCC made me feel like there would always be somewhere supportive for me on campus, and I want to help others find a home in the BCC.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC is a second home for Black students and space where we can always feel welcome. It is a place for students to gather for social events, study, or just rest when it’s time for a break.  It is a reminder that Black students have somewhere on campus to go—no matter what.

 

Name:  Dallas Wilson
Hometown:  Denver, Colorado

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I love being Black!  I love Vanderbilt, so I wanted to be a part of an organization that represents Black students at Vanderbilt.

What does the BCC mean to you?

It’s a cultural space to chill and exist, which is very important to me.  It holds history and is a Center of unapologetic Blackness.

 

Name:  Maureen Ubani
Hometown:  Tampa, Florida

Why did you become a BCC Ambassa’DORE?

I became a BCC Ambassa’DORE to help promote and execute the mission of the BCC.  The BCC is a place of community, friendship, and history.  Without the BCC, I believe Vanderbilt University would be an entirely different place.

What does the BCC mean to you?

The BCC represents the past struggles that Black students have overcome as well as the accomplishments we have made and continue to make today.  The BCC is an integral part of Vanderbilt allows students to be who they are and a place for students to learn lessons about resilience, community, and purpose which are things not typically taught in classrooms.

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