Black Student Association
The Black Student Association of Berry College (BSA) strives to foster a sense of community for all students. BSA toils to promote the integration of African American culture into the Berry College environment, inside and outside the classroom. Throughout the year, BSA sponsors and co-sponsors activities and speakers to support the organization’s mission. A sample of events are: fundraising for and participating in the Atlanta Aids Walk, ¡Espuma!, and movies and discussions led by Berry faculty.
Berry College In His Name Gospel Choir
In His Name Gospel Choir
"In His Name" was founded in spring 2005 by Jennifer Williams, a student at the time, as the result of a "God-given vision". The choir's name is derived from Colossians 3:16-17. It is now under the leadership of Latanza McCarver. In His Name travels to spread their ministry to touch as many lives as possible. In the fall of the 2005 school year, they opened up a concert for American Idol finalist George Huff. In the 2007 school year, In His Name, a charter member of the National Association for Collegiate Gospel Choirs, went to the national conference where their contestant in the pageant, Berry Alumni Ms. Tametria Conner, brought home the crown and became the first ever Miss NACGC.
As described in College Gospel Magazine, "The National Association of Collegiate Gospel Choirs is a professional organization that works to unify college gospel choirs, musicians and music scholars from campuses across the United States and Canada. The mission of NACGC is to preserve the legacy of gospel choirs as a vital component of the college experience, provide a voice of excellent musicianship, promote inter-collegiate fellowship and perpetuate quality leadership that sustains the vision of college gospel music."
Mission Statement: To spread God’s word through ministering by way of song to the Berry community and other neighboring communities.
Orgullo: pride 1. [prahyd] noun,: A feeling of pleasure and satisfaction at one's achievements, possessions, family etc.
Orgullo is an organization that originally started in the fall of 2006 by Berry students Genny Castillo and Nayu Gutierrez.
Mission Statement: To raise Awareness in the Berry community and the surrounding communities about Hispanic culture and Spanish speaking countries and to also increase the knowledge of Hispanic Heritage Month through activities and speakers.
Service Project: All clubs are required to do at least one service project each year in order to maintain their status as a Berry College organization. In previous years, members of Orgullo participated in the Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference. In this conference, members of Orgullo helped the Latin American Association with their annual Leadership Program by serving food to Hispanic high school students around the area, and conversing with students about future college application and experiences.
Club Activities: The club organizes a Salsa Night every semester where students are able to learn and dance to salsa, merengue and other Latin music. The club also organizes various activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month from September 15th – October 15th. The activities include movie nights, dances, Latin folktales and food exposes' that highlight Hispanic culture. Members of the club also utilize the Cultural House where their official office is located as well as where they host dances, meetings and other events.
Orgullo meetings are held weekly in order to fellowship with other members of the club and to discuss future activities.