As a Junior majoring in Criminal Justice with a Spanish minor, Nateya Taylor has definitely made a name for herself on our campus. Whether it’s running the weekly Black Student Union (BSU) meetings, being a resource for her hall as a Resident Assistant, or being a campus advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Nateya is always on the move. Fortunately, Her Campus Carthage was able to snag an interview with her and learn more about how Nateya stays organized and what BSU has in store for Carthage!
HC: Aside from Her Campus, what other on-campus clubs are you involved with?
NT: I'm President of Black Student Union, Vice President and Philanthropy Chairwoman of Sigma Omega Sigma, an RA in Denhart, a Writing Center tutor, and a member of Carthage’s Mock Trial Team. Yes, I’m a busy bee.
HC: What are some of your greatest challenges being President of Carthage’s Black Student Union?
NT: Some of my greatest challenges are defining Black Student Union for other people and helping them understand that it’s an inclusive organization for everyone to join, and figuring out ways to increase retention and membership.
HC: What are some goals you have for BSU for the remainder of your time at Carthage?
NT: My goals for BSU are growth, retention and more involvement outside of Carthage. I would like BSU to have a diverse group of members. In addition, I'd like BSU to have more committees. We currently only have a public relations committee, but I think it would be nice to have a philanthropy committee that puts forth the effort to support the needs of the black community both at Carthage and outside of Carthage. I also like the idea of having a social committee where they would plan events for members to do together. Things like eating off campus, going skating or just doing something fun together so we can build friendships and connections with like-minded people. Finally, I'd like BSU to win awards at the annual Celebration of Scholars event such as “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program of the Year.”
HC: How do you manage your time with such a busy schedule?
NT: CALENDARS ARE MY BEST FRIENDS. I have two that keep me on my toes. I have a large calendar hanging in my room that is filled with important dates, weekly meetings I have to attend, my work schedule, and more. I also have my planner that I take with me on-the-go for when I need to add something to my to-do list or need something I can refer to.
HC: What are some tips you've learned from being the head of such an important organization on campus?
NT: My biggest piece of advice is to stay organized, plan ahead, and be prepared for anything. Some people have preconceived notions when you tell them you’re a part of an organization like Black Student Union, so you should always be prepared for criticism and disapproval, and handle it with poise and professionalism.
HC: Anything we should know/look out for from BSU this school year?
NT: If it's not clear already, I want everyone to know that BSU is an inclusive organization where everyone is welcome. Things you should look out for this school year are our upcoming events. BSU is having their first event this upcoming Monday (October 8th) called “We Got the Juice” from 6:30p-8:30p in the TWC, room 128B. This is an event we have once per semester where we sit down, eat, discuss controversial topics, and share our personal experiences at Carthage as people of color. We are also planning a 90’s Kickback at the end of this month where we will celebrate 90’s black culture. Last, but not least, we're having a fashion show in November, and we're still accepting models and clothing donations! Follow us @cc_bsu on Instagram to stay up to date on our upcoming events!
Thank you, Nateya, for taking the time to talk to us. If you're interested in hearing more of what Nateya has to say, check out her blog or Instagram. For more information on Carthage’s Black Student Union and other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion organizations on campus, click here!