Black Student Experience (BSE), was created to foster pride and promote academic success among the Black student population at UNT. Created in 2011, BSE is a weekend retreat that introduces incoming freshman and transfer students to leaders of the Black student population. This retreat is an opportunity for students to discover their campus involvement interests, become introduced to black faculty, staff, and alumni, and ideally begin or cultivate a path to become a leader themselves.
BSE participants leave the retreat with a better knowledge of the UNT resources available to them, a foundation that will prepare them to be successful at UNT and a community of support and family.
How to Get Involved
Coordinators: The Multicultural Center staff and a team of Coordinators plan BSE trainings and the retreat weekend.
The Coordinators for BSE will include the Lead Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, and Programming Coordinator.
Facilitators: A group of student leaders will serve as cluster facilitators for the weekend retreat, as well as mentors for their group participants. They will facilitate all group activities during the retreat.
Participants: Freshmen and Transfer students who are interested in attending BSE will be able to fill out the application during Freshman/Transfer orientations and will receive confirmation by August.
Who can attend the retreat?
The Black Student Experience is open to all UNT Students.
Registration does not guarantee participation in the weekend retreat; registration for BSE 2019-2020 is OPEN! The retreat will take place on September 13th - 15th!
If you have any questions, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does it cost?
Nothing! It is FREE for all incoming freshman/transfer students.
Justin Fiallos-UNT 18 (Public Relations Coordinator)
BSE in One Word: Influential
What is the most important message you received from BSE?
"Take advantage of your opportunities. You get four years to shape your academics, social life, and yourself. You grow and experience so much by surrounding yourself with the right people. BSE changed my outlook on how I approached college and life in general. Lastly, I’ve learned the value of building relationships and how to best utilize resources on campus."
Wesley Roberts-UNT 19 (Facilitator)
BSE in One Word: Growth
Why should people go to BSE?
"BSE is an opportunity to build a solid foundation so their college experience can be a great one. It’s our chance as black leaders to give back and guide incoming students on their path to success as well connect incoming students with each other."
Hekmet Ahmed-UNT 20 (2016 Participant)
BSE in One Word: Impactful
How has BSE shaped your UNT experience?
“I can’t really put in words how much I love BSE. Joining BSE has been the greatest decision I’ve made while at UNT. I have made a family that I will have forever, and it has literally made my college experience one that I will never forget.”
Registration for the 10th annual BSE will open in summer 2020!