Black Identity

Like most identities, understanding who we are as racial beings is an ongoing process. For Black people in the United States, this process takes place in a socio-political environment wrought with negative stereotypes, systemic oppression and a myriad of psycho-social stressors.

Black Identity

In Fall 2016, 18,286 undergraduate students were enrolled at Towson University. Of that, 3,296 students (18%)  reported being African American or Black. Attending a predominantly White institution (PWI) like Towson University, can expose some students to a unique set of experiences.  

There is considerable diversity within the Black community, as students come to Towson from many different parts of the Black Diaspora; including Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. 

Whether you are coming from a mixed or homogeneous community, being at Towson may lead you to re-examine what being Black means to you. This may include:

  • Heightened awareness of one’s status as a minority
  • Balancing family obligations with academic and social demands of the university
  • Experiences with prejudice or discrimination
  • Exploring intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender
  • Negotiating the financial costs of college
  • Self-doubt


  • Decreased interest and/or motivation for a class/classes
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Falling behind on homework
  • Failing or obtaining lower grades on tests/exams
  • Increase use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Disinterest in usual activities or maybe over-interest in usual activities (television, video games)
  • Low self-esteem or confidence in ones abilities 

Multicultural Student Organizations

Being a part of a group, club, or organization can help with adjusting and transitioning to college. Organizations and clubs can foster a sense of community and introduce you to individuals of a similar race/ethnicity, religion, or mind.

Examples of On-Campus Student Organizations

There are many more clubs and organizations featured on-campus for students that identify as multi- or polycultural. Visit the CSD (Center for Student Diversity) or Involved at TU to find more clubs and organizations.

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