Student Union on Black Awareness


The year SUBA was founded, 1969.


BSU event, 2017.

Founded in 1969, the Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA) created a community that would live on at OWU for years to come. At the time, OWU was 98% white. The few black students at the time were put in the difficult position of either leaving for a more inclusive school, or staying to create a community from the ground up. At a time when race relations were turbulent, a group of Ohio Wesleyan students chose to create a space for themselves. SUBA held a variety of events from alumni reunions to discussions about racism on campus. Now called the Black Student Union (BSU), the organization has maintained a strong presence on campus ever since its founding. BSU continues to hold events that celebrate diversity, culture, and, as always, community.