About BFSA

The Black Faculty and Staff Association (formerly African-American Staff Advocating Progress) was founded by Dr. Wanda Nelson. The BFSA was incorporated in December 1990 and the by-laws and constitution were officially adopted in April 1991. This organization is dedicated to visible commitment and inclusion of Black faculty, staff and students at the University of Texas at Austin.


Advocating progress for Black staff, faculty, and students at The University of Texas at Austin through the promotion of professional development, mentoring, networking, wellness, scholarships and cultural programs that emphasize the legacy and traditions of the African-American community.


  • To serve as a vehicle through which African-American faculty and staff can support each other. This support could range from distribution of a registry of black businesses/services in Austin to collaborative research efforts.
  • To serve as a unified voice to the University’s administration about the concerns and needs of African-American faculty, staff, and students.
  • To be a support system for African-American students.
  • To celebrate cultural events and include the larger campus community to become more culturally aware of African-American contributions to our society.


  • Pride
  • Spirituality
  • Wellness
  • Trust
  • Objectivity
  • Community Respect for Everyone

Committees (read more)

  • Events Committee
  • Dr. James L. Hill Scholarship Committee
  • Personal Wellness Committee
  • Social Action Committee

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