BWUA kicked off their fall activities calendar last Saturday with their annual freshman luncheon. The freshman luncheon was created as a way to introduce freshmen to what BWUA was all about. Additionally, it gives them the opportunity to interact with and hear about the trials and successes of a selected black professional. That person this year was Jonathan Jackson the co-Founder of Blavity. Blavity is “a tech company for forward thinking Black millennial pushing the boundaries of culture and the status quo”. On their site you can find articles and videos written by many black authors speaking to their different experiences as black people in the world today.

Keynote Speaker, Blavity's Co-Founder and Head of Branding Jonathon Jackson 

Keynote Speaker, Blavity's Co-Founder and Head of Branding Jonathon Jackson 

Jackson regaled the freshmen with stories of his success, the failures he encountered along the way and went on to advise them on how to best take advantage of the next four years. Peter Ojo, freshman liaison, echoed his message and went on to speak about how the board and BWUA as a whole, will be there to help them successfully navigate the next four years.

Still new to the Penn community, the freshmen gladly received all the advice given, and also used the luncheon as an opportunity to meet and bond with the other black members of the class of 2020

With an amazing speaker, engaged students and delightful food, the luncheon this year served as a stimulating start to what we at BWUA hope will be a semester like no other. 

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