Graduate School BIPOC Alliance for Excellence

The Graduate School BIPOC Alliance for Excellence (GSBA) is focused on fostering academic success and building community, peer support networks and a sense of welcome in support of graduate students who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or other persons of color (BIPOC).

Under the leadership of Dean Peter Vanable and a graduate student steering committee, the GSBA has three major focus areas:

  • Bringing students together to facilitate a supportive network of new and current BIPOC graduate students through recurring events and social activities
  • Empowering student success through mentorship with peers and BIPOC faculty, and through professional development workshops and forums
  • Supporting long term academic success by providing resources that facilitate academic and career success

The GSBA is open to all master’s and Ph.D. students at the University, from any background, race, gender, or other identity.

Interested in Getting Involved?


Chelsea Bouldin

Chelsea Bouldin
Student Lead


Tracy Balduzzi

Tracy Balduzzi
GSBA Coordinator