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BCC AmbassaDores

The BCC AmbassaDores are a select group of student leaders, many of whom are officers in other student organizations.  However, this group of student leaders also represent and support the efforts of the Black Cultural Center to help enhance campus life for all students by promoting diversity and inclusion throughout our community.  Since Vanderbilt’s first African American student was Bishop Joseph Johnson ’53, it is fitting that these exceptional student leaders represent and carry forth the legacy of a trailblazers such as Bishop Johnson, Rev. James Lawson, Dr. Tommie Morton Young, Dr. Dorothy Wingfield-Phillips, Walter Murray, and many others.  These students understand the importance of “legacy” and work to highlight the historical narrative of the first blacks at Vanderbilt, while forging their own unique place in the history of our institution.

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2016-17 Black Cultural Center Ambassa’Dores


Tirae Abernathy
Class of 2018
I see the Black Cultural Center as a space for all African Americans to come and be both accepted, and united under the same goal: equal opportunity for students of color here at Vanderbilt.


Leundre Agee
Class of 2018
I believe the BCC is an area where Black students can feel comfortable and safe amongst other Black students.  It is a place where after a whole day of not seeing a black person on campus, you can walk in and have fellowship.




Danielle Coker
Class of 2018
The BCC has been a comfort to me.  It’s a place where I can always see a familiar face.


Miaya Seawright
Class of 2018
The BCC is my home away from home. It is a place that both enhances my Vanderbilt experience and strengthens my identity as an African American student.


Akaninyene Ruffin
Class of 2016
The BCC has provided refuge to so many students throughout time. It is my honor to represent and give back to a center that has given so much to me.


Sydney Smart (click here for more about Sydney)
Class of 2018
The BCC is more than a center; it’s an all inclusive community.  It has transformed my thoughts and perception about relevant topics that are applicable to my daily life.


Charles Spencer
Class of 2018
The BCC is a place where I know I can feel safe, and I know that I can educate myself to a higher degree.  It’s part of the heart of my Vanderbilt experience.


Courtland Sutton
Class of 2017
The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is a place of refuge, a meeting place, a social Mecca, that allows students to feel comfortable on this campus. Through the BCC, I’ve found faculty, staff, graduate assistants, and other students that support me in ways and provide opportunities for me that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Whether it’s a letter of recommendation, words of encouragement, or an internship that has landed on their desk, I know that those at the BCC have my, and other students of color, best interest at heart.


Bridget Ukawu
Class of 2018
The BCC is my home away from home.  It is where I feel most comfortable and most alive.  I thrive here.  I learn here.  This is my safe haven on campus.