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Organization Spotlight: Black Student Communication Caucus

Organization Spotlight: Black Student Communication Caucus
The Black Student Communication Caucus E-Board after a Black alumni networking event.

Being the only Black media organization on campus, BSCC works hard to engage the Black community through media by hosting big events such as the Poetry Slam and Women in Communication.

The Poetry Slam, BSCC’s biggest event of the year, is held annually in the fall. Students write their own poetry and compete with one another until a winner is chosen. BSCC invites a professional poet to share their work. It is an exciting event for students to watch and participate in.

The Women in Communication event is a panel of women who work in fields related to media and communication. Panelists and speakers share experiences from their career and advice for those looking to follow in their path.

In addition to hosting these bigger events, BSCC meets weekly with their general body for workshops and conversations on freelancing, diversity in media, audio production, portfolio building and more. Through these events, BSCC is cultivating a culture of learning and sharing experiences with one another in orde­­r to bring the community closer together.

Senior Faith Lucas serves as the multimedia director and has been in BSCC since her freshman year.

“Most of the experiences here come from predominantly white organizations where there may not be as much freedom,” Lucas said. “BSCC serves as a safe space for Black media students.”

This year, BSCC is producing a film mini-series about being Black at a predominately white institution.

“The mini-series will focus on the different aspects of college such as Greek life, dating, sports, and more,” Lucas said.

It is not uncommon for Black students at predominantly white institutions to find that their stories are amplified less often. With this mini-series, BSCC wants to highlight the experience of Black students at OHIO and teach members something new along the way. Things like video editing, audio editing, camera work, and interviewing will be taught throughout the production of the mini-series to help members develop media related skills while sharing the experiences of their peers.

Along with the mini-series, BSCC is producing a podcast, “@ The Moment with BSCC”. This podcast is full of conversations about trending topics that affect Black people and students at Ohio University. BSCC is looking for co-hosts for upcoming podcast episodes and students who want to help with the mini-series. No level of experience is needed, all are welcome! Please email Faith Lucas, fl455717@ohio.edu, with any questions.

BSCC meets every Thursday at 6pm in Scripps 111.