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Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)


The Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is dedicated to supporting the academic and professional development of faculty, staff and students through cultural awareness, campus governance, programs, services and mentoring while enriching the campus and surrounding communities.



The Black Faculty and Staff Association aspires to create a campus climate that is inviting, nurturing, and hospitable.


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(Click on the link to the right for the BFSA Application) BFSA membership application BFSA applications are submitted to the BFSA Treasurer  (Please see the Officer page for the Treasurer's contact information)



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Has conflict found its way to your workplace? Dr. Timothy Todd provided some tips for successfully navigating workplace conflict at a recent BFSA Meeting. Catch the highlights of the meeting in this month's newsletter. Visit the newsletters page to the left to read this month's newsletter and archives!

A Message from the President

 Photo of BFSA President Dr. Coleman

Dear Colleagues:

Welcome! On behalf of the BFSA, I want to extend my greetings and well wishes for a great academic year!

The organization was established circa 1988 by seven African American employees as a desired outcome to network and discuss issues. 25 years later, the BFSA continues to serve as a trusted resource for MSU faculty and staff members by providing a forum for meaningful exchanges. We also historically partner with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) community to assist with outreach to our communities on and off campus. We hope that you will join us for many exciting events this academic year. You do not need to be a member of the BFSA to participate in BFSA or OMA activities/events. However, we hope that you will consider becoming a member. The annual membership is $25.00. Benefit from networking, recognition for your achievements, professional development, etc. With us, you are seen, heard and supported.

In terms of the meeting format, YOU asked: WE listened! This year, BFSA will be utilizing for some conference call meetings. It is important that everyone has an opportunity to participate even when physical presence is not a possibility (travel, multiple shifts, conferences, class schedules, etc.) You can now call in from the road while traveling [please be safe], while you are at home, while sitting and waiting for the work day to begin/before shift changes, during your lunch/dinner break, etc. Watch your email for reminders, updates and announcements. Check the BFSA and OMA websites each month! The fall schedule of core events is below:


Fall 2013

    *OMA Back-to-School Picnic, 1-3pm, Location: TBA - August 24th

    *BFSA Grill Out Kickoff Meeting, 4pm, Faculty Club - August 24th (Call to Order at 6:00pm)

    *BFSA Conference Call Meeting, 1:30 pm, Special Guest, Mr. Tom Hoffacker, Director of Human Resources - September 10th          

    *(BSC) Black Student Council Coronation, 6pm, Curris Center Large Ballroom - September 14th

    *BFSA Conference Call Meeting, 8 pm - October 10th

    *BFSA Sponsored "Hump Nite" Meal and Gathering on behalf of the Emerging Scholars Institute through the OMA, 4-7pm, Curris Center Stables-November 6th (Show your support of our students! Pop in and say "hello!")

    *Dutch Treat Lunch Meeting, 12:30pm, August Moon Restaurant (in the reserved back room) - November 12th (Don't forget this lunch is "Dutch Treat" so each person pays for himself or herself.)

    *Holiday Dinner Meeting, 4 pm - until we are exhausted from laughter, Faculty Club - December 7th (Call to Order at 6pm)

    *OMA Hitimu Celebration, 7pm, Curris Center Theater - December 13th


    The spring schedule will be out December 1st! 


  • Watch your email for exciting updates!
We hope that you will consider becoming a member of the BFSA.  Annual membership is only $25.00. Benefit from networking, recognition for your achievements, professional development, etc. Get early notifications about programs and events. With us, you are seen, heard and supported.


We hope that you will participate and help us to enhance a culture of "oneness for all."


Smiles and Blessings,


Dr. Crystal Rae Coel Coleman (Esquire)
President, Black Faculty and Staff Association 2013-14




Each month, the newest spotlights and recognitions are added to the end of the keep watching!!!

Each month, the BFSA newsletter will shine a spotlight on faculty and/or staff members so we get to know each other more. Additionally, accomplishments are intended for detail in this section as well. Please email Vice President Caroline Atkins at with any accomplishments.


Video above too quick to allow you to read the details? Click on the link below to watch a powerpoint that allows you to advance the slides: BFSA spotlights August 2013




BFSA...with you at work...on campus...and in the community...we are YOU!


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