Meet our team!

Osuare Atafo

Co- President

"I joined BSU because I wanted to be more involved in the black community that is on campus. The energy at the BSU general meetings is unmatched. I wanted to meet more black people on campus, and develop lasting friendships with people. I love everything that BSU stands for, and I want to continue being part of the BSU family."

Chidinma Agu

Co-President

"Being Black on campus is often a very isolating experience and finding BSU during my first year helped change that. BSU gave me a family and community I knew I could count on and created a safe space for me to be me in all my Blackness. Joining BSU is my way of trying to work towards every Black student on campus experiencing the same feeling I had of being seen for who they are. It is also a way for me to do my part in fighting for the advancement of the Black community and the Black student experience both on and off-campus."

Aisha Ismail

VP Internal

"Coming into university from a high school that had only 2-3 Black people at a time majorly influenced my decision to join the BSU. I met a lot of really amazing people in my first year through attending BSU general meetings, which was really nice as online school made it  hard to meet new people. I definitely advice that every Black student should attend at least one during their university career. As I attended more BSU meetings I quickly realized not only the sense of community but also the main message, which is to grow Black culture which is something I really believe in and support. I enjoy being in the presence of Black excellence and I know this is guaranteed with the BSU as the black diaspora is so diverse and unique."

Olamide Olabiyi

VP Events

"I choose to be a part of the UBC Black Student Union because I met amazing individuals who made my transition into my first year online much easier. Despite being online, I was able to feel a sense of community with the BSU through a series of trivia nights, game nights and general meetings. In addition to the strong sense of community I felt being a part of the UBC BSU, my values also aligned with their mission; "fostering Black culture and Black leaders at UBC through advocacy, outreach opportunities, social, political and academic-focused events and initiatives". After graduating from a predominantly white high school, I was looking forward to meeting like-minded individuals who are unapologetically black and advocate for black empowerment, inclusivity, and foster a community of support and understanding."

Doua Ismail

VP Marketing

"Hi everyone! My name is Doua Ismail and I’m this year’s VP Marketing for BSU. I’m going into my third-year this fall majoring in Biology. I’m super excited to be part of the team and to meet all of you in-person hopefully in the upcoming year! When I was a first-year attending BSU events for the first time, I remember being so shy and nervous, but that feeling subsided as I began meeting new friends and enjoying the atmosphere of just being around other Black folk. There was this sense of familiarity and belonging that I’m sure all of you can recognize. I want to be a part of creating that atmosphere for new Black students coming to UBC. I want to help make the BSU a safe and warm place for us to just exist, have fun and be ourselves!"

Daniel Elesin

VP Finance

"I joined BSU because I wanted to be more involved in the black community that is on campus. The energy at the BSU general meetings is unmatched. I wanted to meet more black people on campus, and develop lasting friendships with people. I love everything that BSU stands for, and I want to continue being part of the BSU family."

Reneyah Brown

VP External

"I am so excited to serve the UBC black community as Vice President External for the Black Student Union. Coming to UBC, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the BSU so that I could build a supportive community for my self and play a role in delivering that for other black students. I exercised my passion for fostering connections as the first year rep for the BSU last year and I look forward to continuing to strengthen our community in the 2021-2022 academic year. Outside of the BSU, I am a Residence Advisor for Totem Park and as a member of the student engagement team within the Student Alumni Council"

Stephanie Okoli

Director of Media

"I joined the BSU because I wanted to be a part of a community of people that looked like me and who could understand you place in the world in a deep way. With Black people in Canada, there’s something’s you don’t have to explain, Black people just understand. And for once a month I didn’t want to have to explain myself, I just wanted to be me."