Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPSA)
The Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPSA) was originally founded at the University of Minnesota in 2003, and remains the only student-run graduate organization that represents the needs and concerns of all black graduate and professional students across the entire spectrum of the Pan-African Heritage and African diaspora.
BGAPSA was established to combat isolation, as well as, engage and support graduate and professional students of African descent. BGAPSA works at a unique interface to bring professional and graduate students together through social networking events, community service, professional development workshops, and educational forums. It is the hope of BGAPSA that these programs and opportunities create a space for students to express their stresses and accomplishments, engage in the community through service, and develop a strong network for professional support in their future careers
AK Wright, Treasurer
AK serves as the Treasurer of the BGAPSA Executive Board. They have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in African American Studies from Bates College, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Feminist Studies with a graduate minor in African American Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Fun fact: AK was born in Jamaica.
Rachel Olzer, Programming Coordinator
Rachel serves as the Programming Coordinator of the BGAPSA Executive Board. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Animal Physiology and Behavior and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Arizona State University. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota.
Fun fact: Rachel is an avid cyclist and is currently racing for The Hub Cycling Team in Minneapolis. Her favorite cycling disciplines are Mountain, Cyclocross, and Gravel.
Taiwo Aremu, Vice President
Taiwo serves as the Vice President of the BGAPSA Executive Board. He earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree from the University of Ilorin Nigeria. He is currently a Master of Public Health (MPH) candidate in the Public Health Administration and Policy track at the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health. He is also a co-founder of the Global Young Must Grow Health Initiative, a non-governmental organization that caters to the holistic wellbeing of the young and senior under-served populations.
Fun fact: “Taiwo” is a yoruba name that is given to the first of a set of twins. He has a twin sister, “Kehinde” by name. Taiwo and Kehinde are both Medical Doctors.
Alexandria Muldrew, Secretary
Alexandria serves at Secretary BGAPSA Executive Board. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Coe College in Psychology & Public Relations. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Minnesota.
Fun fact: Alexandria is left handed and an only child.
Amani L. Lee, President
Amani serves as President of the BGAPSA Executive Board. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hamline University in Biochemistry, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Minnesota.
Fun fact : Amani is a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo.