BSPA 2020

Pictured from left to right: Eve Houser, Damya King, Karl Brooks, Yarisheia Tiggs, Mariah Harris. Not pictured: Ta’shia James

With a new semester comes a new registered student organization.   

The Illinois State University Black Student Psychology Association began this semester all thanks to psychology major and BSPA president and founder Yarisheia Tiggs. 

Tiggs had the idea when she saw a list of Black student organizations and noticed that there weren’t any for Black psychology majors. 

That’s when she decided to change that.  

Now that the organization has started, it has been growing and trying to help students make connections for their future.  

“I think BSPA has had a positive impact on the ISU community. So far, Black Student Psychology Association has been getting a lot of positive feedback from the ISU community, to be more specific, the Black community here at ISU has really been showing nothing but support and love for the organization," Tiggs said.  

"I think this organization is a great resource for students in the psychology department and for the ISU community in general." 

Students in the BSPA will learn skills that they can apply to graduate school, including creating a resume and career-searching techniques. Tiggs also wants students in BSPA to see those in the organization as a family.  

“BSPA have emphasized my views on a lot of things regarding ISU. One of them being that there are things that Black students need but aren’t getting. I believe this organization was not just wanted but it was needed on campus," Tiggs said.  

Tiggs has received praise for BSPA, including many congratulations for starting it and trying to help others find their way in their careers.  

“I have had a few students express to me how excited they are about the organization and how they are so proud of me for starting this organization. But honestly, it’s all just a humbling experience to know that my little idea turned into something that people have said they needed and wanted on campus,” Tiggs said. 

"I do know that BSPA can and will create opportunities for Black students rather it be professional development or just creating relationships with peers." 

ALEXIS PLUMMER is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at amplum1@ilstu.edu  Follow her on Twitter at @Lexi1Oliver


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