Pacific’s Black Student Union was originally founded in the late 1960s when, according to Pacific magazine, “If they were to have a community, the African American students realized, they would have to create it themselves. And so the Black Student Union was born.”

An annual Soul Food Dinner was a staple part of the programming offered by the BSU for more than a decade until the BSU faded as enrollment by Black students declined.

The BSU was restarted ten years ago in 2013 with some of the same intent as the original version – to ensure a sense of belonging for Black students.

This year, during Homecoming, Black Student Union alumni, students and friends are invited to gather for a Soul Food Dinner celebrating the history of this important group and the 10-year anniversary of the relaunch.

Individuals, $30; children 12 and younger, FREE. Advance registration is required for planning purposes.

The Pacific University Alumni Association supports all alumni. Direct questions and requests for assistance to or 503-252-2057.

Consistent with federal and state law, Pacific acknowledges that while groups are intended to create space and focus on the needs of certain communities, all Pacific community members who are supportive of creating an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity are welcome to attend any affinity group meeting or event.


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