Black Staff & Faculty Organization (BSFO)

Mission and Purpose

The University of California, Berkeley, Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) was developed in 1979 to address the issues and concerns unique to employees at the University of California, Berkeley. The mission of BSFO is to create a climate which is conducive to the well-being and professional development aspirations of Black staff, faculty and students. 


  1. Strengthen relationships among Black staff, faculty and students as well as campus community and local community.
  2. Encourage the recruitment and retention of Black staff, faculty and students.
  3. Enhance staff advancement and career development opportunities.


  1. Develop supportive systems and programs that enhance the educational, social and professional opportunities for Black staff, faculty and students.
  2. Establish an internal communication network among faculty, staff and students (e.g., calendar, newsletter, etc.).
  3. Coordinate activities to facilitate Black staff, faculty and student interaction (e.g., organization socials).
  4. Publicize relevant research and publications concerning the status of Black employees.
  5. Generate financial resources to sustain the activities of the organization.


We, as the Black Staff and Faculty Organization, are a space that respects all members with regards to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, and/or service in the uniformed services. BSFO's mission is to create a climate which is conducive to the well-being and professional development aspirations of Black staff, faculty and students, and we want to underscore that BSFO affirms the identities of all Black-identified members of our community. 


Lasana Hotep, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

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BSFO Leadership 2023-2024

Fred Smith

Diane Lang

Erin Kerrison
Membership & Social Committee Chair

Communications Chair

Tiana Burks
Treasurer & Finance Chair

Kristian Dawson
Past Chair
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