Morgan Ward '16: What Black History Month Means to Me

February 20, 2016

Morgan Ward

It's the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Organization! Morgan filled us in on being president of the BSO.

What are you studying at Simmons?

I am majoring in public health on the biology track and minoring in biostatistics

What made you choose your major?

I believe that every person deserves the best health care no matter their race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, etc. I want to work towards making sure that's a reality.

What's your favorite thing about your program?

My public health seminar class. We were able to meet alums that graduated from the public health program and a graduate school admissions counselor. We wrote a script for a short video to be shown at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program in their HIV meeting groups and produced an on-campus event to educate the Simmons community on how to stop the spread of Norovirus. 

What made you want to be president of the Black Student Organization? What's your favorite part of being president?

I wanted to be president during my first year at Simmons. Having the BSO has been a great support to me and as president I knew I would be able to support so many other students. My favorite part is meeting past presidents of the BSO. They have given me so much advice — I'm humbled to be in the same category as them.

How can students get involved with the BSO? Why should students participate?

Student can get involved by attending our general body meetings which are being held on Wednesday afternoons this semester. Students should participate because we are a space where all students — especially Black students —  can come together and raise awareness about issues in our community and culture. Our organization is a safe and supportive community.

Tell us about what Black History Month means to you.

Black History Month is about celebrating the legacy and accomplishments that Black people have made in society. It's also a time to raise awareness about the current injustices that Black people still face in this country.

How does it feel to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the BSO?

It feels so empowering. This is such a great milestone for the BSO. We'll be having a luncheon this year on February 20th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a panel with alums who participated in the original 10 Demands.

What's your Simmons moment?

My Simmons moment was when the #littlehaschanged demonstration happened last semester. To have such a large group of students get together and make such a statement was so empowering. The demonstration was a powerful moment in my Simmons career and it made me realize how important it is that the Simmons community hear the needs of students of color.