The Black Movement Council strives to unite, empower, and educate students of African/Caribbean Descent on the campus of Old Dominion University through fellowship, leadership, and outreach. This purpose came to fruition through the validation of individuals within ODU who desired to build a community that promotes unity and support for the success of Black students on campus and in life. Furthermore, the Black Movement Council strives to aid students in moving beyond normalcy and enact positive change.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR), the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Sister 4 Sister and Brother 2 Brother committees hosted the Sankofa Reception and the Unity Dinner. These events were opportunities that brought together our Black faculty, administrators, student leaders, and students for a time of engagement and self-reflection. The success of these events validated the fact that there are individuals within ODU who wish to build a community that promotes unity among and supports the success of our Black students. Additionally, there are students on this campus who wish to move beyond the status quo and effect positive change. Thus, a strong and committed group of individuals came together to form what became the Black Movement Council.
African-American Student Demographics
Old Dominion University promotes itself as a "vibrant and dynamic institution of higher learning" which embraces the diversity of its students, faculty, staff, and administration. Included in this diversity is the fact that students who identified as being of African/Caribbean descent comprised of the largest group of students of color at Old Dominion University with a total of 5,726 students in the Fall of 2013. This number puts students of African/Caribbean descent at roughly 23 percent of the total Old Dominion University student population. In addition, Old Dominion University has the highest percentage of African-American students among non-Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the state. With this knowledge, the Black Movement Council is an important mechanism for uniting and empowering the largest students of color population at ODU.