About

Mission and Vision

The BFSC-USasK is the voice of all Black faculty and staff at the University of Saskatchewan and was created to provide support and guidance to members, increase their visibility and engagement on campus, and harmonize their common interests to promote a transparent, collegial, and inclusive learning and working environment.

Our vision is:

  • To engage in a University of Saskatchewan community where Black faculty and staff are supported, respected, recognized, and valued.
  • To provide mentorship, advocacy, networking, and resources to Black faculty, staff, and students at the University of Saskatchewan, in pursuit of an inclusive community where diversity and equity are prioritized.

History

The Black Faculty and Staff Caucus (BFSC-USask) was founded by Kiven Erique Lukong (Professor, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Saskatchewan) on March 9, 2021, in Saskatoon, SK. BFSC-USask was formally launched on March 25, 2022. The BFSC-USask was created as a visible and viable agency advocating on behalf of and engaging black faculty and staff to promote their professional welfare at the University of Saskatchewan and to contribute to university’s continued commitment to inclusive excellence.

We were also encouraged that the University of Saskatchewan was one of 40 signatories of the Scarborough Charter, a national plan of action signed in 2021 to fight structural racism in universities and colleges across Canada. The plan also included a commitment by signatories to enlist “faculty, staff and student associations as pivotal contributors to achieving equity, as they also bear a responsibility to be inclusive and to work constructively with organizations of Black faculty, staff and students.”

Events

Black Faculty and Staff Caucus Panel - Feb. 7, 2023

February 7th Panel Discussion: Many Voices, One Vision.

Featuring Edith Conacher, Dr. Kiven Erique Lukong, and Dr. Jacob Alhassan. Moderated by Charlene Brown.

Watch the discussion recording here.

Black History Month Celebration - Feb. 27, 2023

You are invited to join the USask Black Faculty and Staff Caucus for a night of celebration and reflection to close the 2023 Black History Month activities at the University of Saskatchewan. All Black faculty, staff and allies are welcome to join in the festivities as we celebrate the conclusion of the month of activities on campus. 

The event will be held on Feb. 27 from 7-9 PM at the GSA Commons located in Emmanuel College/St. Chad Chapel. Register for the event here.

Contact

Acting Chairperson (Faculty)

Kiven Erique Lukong
Assistant Dean, Grad Studies
College of Medicine
Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E5
306-966-4586
kiven.lukong@usask.ca

Acting Secretary (Staff)

Edith Conacher
Student Affairs
College of Medicine
Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E5
306-966-4751
edith.conacher@usask.ca