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What is the Black Student Union?

West High School's Black Student Union focuses on creating a fun and safe environment, which serves as a support system for students both academically and socially. It also provides a place where students can feel comfortable sharing common joys and concerns while being surrounded by people who share the same passion to make a difference in both their communities and on campus.

In weekly meetings, we aim to engage our students in discussion on issues affecting us and the our surrounding communities. We hope to lead by example and push students to be better than their best and hope to show past generations that we will take charge of our future, build and secure our sense of community, and influence the world. We strive to break down negative stereotypes attached to the black community, through the promotion of a positive image of our culture.

Our members serve as educators and representatives of black culture and heritage. Although our main focus is the building of the black community, membership is by no means limited to just the black community. Any student with a passion for and interest in our vision is welcome.

Our vision for BSU is to serve the West High School community with cultural, educational, and social initiatives as we aim to build leaders, promote unity and contribute to student success.

2018-2019 Events

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Fair

Friday, November 1st, 2018 - East High School

hbcu fair 2018

Volunteering at Randall Elementary School

Friday, November 16th, 2018

bsu volunteering at randall

"The Hate You Give" Movie Field Trip

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 - Marcus Point Cinema

bsu movie field trip

African American Youth Career & College Fair

Friday, February 15th, 2019 from 9am-2pm at Madison College (Truax Campus)

Sign-up through Coach Gray

youth career college fair flyers - african american

Soul Food Luncheon

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 at 12pm in the Van Hise Gym

soul food luncheon flyer

5th Annual "Play It Forward" Kids vs. Cops Charity Basketball Game

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 5:30pm

$5 at the door, proceeds benefit West's BSU

play it forward 3.19.19

HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Tour

Spring Break - Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 - Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Baltimore, Washington D.C., and New York City

Coppin State University (Baltimore), Morgan State University (Baltimore), Howard University (Washington D.C.)


2017-2018 Events

Black Excellence Youth Conference

In the news!

On Monday, January 15th, 2018 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) the first annual Black Excellence Youth Conference was held at the Best Western Plus InnTowner Madison where over 75 black high school students from Madison, Verona, Sun Prairie and Sauk City attended the daylong conference centered on helping students plan for the future, with panels about college access, entrepreneurship and financial planning. All speakers were African-American community members.

Soul Food Luncheon

February 16th, 2018 at 12pm in the Van Hise Gym

soul food luncheon

African American College & Career Fair

February 23rd, 2018 from 9am-2pm at Madison College (must sign-up with Coach Gray)

HBCU Tour - Nashville, TN - Spring Break 

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - Thursday, March 29, 2018

4th Annual "Play It Forward" Kids vs. Cops Charity Basketball Game

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 6:30pm

$5 at the door, proceeds benefit West's BSU

play it forward 2018


I am a Black Student Union Member and I pledge to uphold the name and image of the Black Student Union.  I will do so by striving for academic excellence and conducting myself with good behavior and respect for others.




Always speak truth and continuously stray from falsehoods.  A person who speaks truth and is known to speak truth can always be trusted and respected.



We must always have an attitude of moral rightness, fairness, honesty, honor and equity in accordance prevailing laws and standards.



It is important that we recognize the quality of being proper and always exhibiting appropriate behavior in accordance with accepted norms in any given situation.



We must always work to be morally correct and conduct ourselves with virtue and honor without guilt or sin.  A righteous person is doing good first for him or herself and for the good of their fellow students; for his or her neighbors and for his/her community.  A righteous person works for the common good.



In a harmonious classroom, students are pleasing and supportive of one another.  Students in a harmonious environment do not look for opportunities to cause strife, crisis or anger.  Students in a harmonious environment strive for both consensus agreement in feeling and in opinion.



There must be a state of equilibrium as evidenced by always being calm, focused and stable in our attitude, personality, and behavior.



Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Reciprocity is the expectation of a mutual and equal exchange.



Maintaining a condition of logical and prescribed arrangement of behavior in personal attitude and in the physical environment towards the achievement of proper appearance and functioning.

February is Black History Month!

youtube video about black history month