Yale Black Muslim Student Association

Our Mission:

The goal of the Yale Black Muslims Students Association (YBMSA) is to establish an affinity space that welcomes and celebrates the intersections between Black and Muslim identities. We hope to create a comfortable environment for Black Muslims at Yale in which we can engage in discussion and action about issues and topics that are pertinent to our community and the overall well-being of all communities.

Our Activities:

Yale Black Muslim Students Association Beach Cleanup
Direct Service
The Yale Black Muslim Students Association Beach Clean Up is a community service activity that brings together dedicated volunteers from the YBMSA to keep our local coastal areas clean. Participants in the Beach Cleanup meet periodically to tackle environmental issues such as litter and debris disposal, ensuring that beaches remain safe and enjoyable for everyone in the community. During cleanup events, volunteers perform duties such as collecting trash, removing plastic waste, and cleaning up the shoreline. Beyond basic cleaning, the campaign instills in members a sense of obligation and environmental care, which leads to a stronger sense of community and shared purpose. The BMSA Beach Cleanup provides an opportunity to not only make a tangible impact on the environment, but also to meet with others who are equally concerned about the preservation of our natural resources. It represents the beliefs of the Yale Black Muslim Students Association, emphasizing the importance of community engagement, environmental awareness, and collective action.

After-School Tutoring
Direct Service
The YBMSA After-school Tutoring Program with the New Haven Islamic Center highlights our values of inclusivity and education and is an impactful community service initiative that focuses on providing mentorship, academic support and growth, and building interpersonal connections with the local community and children. Our committed volunteers participate in one-on-one and/or group tutoring, offering personalized academic support to children at the New Haven Islamic Center. Beyond academic support, this program places a strong emphasis on mentorship, where volunteers serve as role models and trusted guides to assist the young children in all areas and subjects. We offer workshops and activities designed to enhance life skills and develop leadership qualities among the children.

Student Leaders:

Mariama Sow - Co-Coordinator/Co-President Yasmeen Adeleke - Co-Coordinator/Co-President

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