This collection comprises records of
the Black Student Union at UC Irvine from 1971 until 2015. Included are materials that
represent the organization's reaction to changes in the Equal Opportunities Program (EOP)
and address general problems of race relations on campus in the early 1970s. Other materials
document student participation in the organization, activities, and events in subsequent
The Black Student Union (BSU) was established in 1971 at UC Irvine in response to the
reorganization of the Equal Opportunities Program and to address affirmative action and race
relation issues. The 2009-2010 mission of BSU is to create and promote a supportive and
inclusive community that provides educational, cultural, and social programming that
inspires the black student community through activism and outreach. The organization serves
as the umbrella for all black organizations on campus with the ultimate goal to provide a
welcoming and united space for the community while also stimulating an awareness of
political, economic, and social forces affecting the people of the African Diaspora.
1.2 Linear Feet
(2 boxes) and 10.4 unprocessed linear feet
Property rights reside with the University of California. Copyrights are generally retained
by the creators of the records and their heirs, unless transferred to the University of
California. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright
and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where the UC
Regents do not hold the copyright.
Processed components of the collection are open for research. Unprocessed additions may
contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and
Archives in advance to request access.