Brothers and Sisters United (BSU) is the oldest recognized student organization on campus. The members represent all races and ethnicities, although they began as a primarily African American advocacy organization. Established in 1964, BSU is involved in all aspects of campus life, and service to the greater Hartford community. They have performed community service for elementary, middle and high school students, collected food and clothing for local shelters, donated goods to veterans and soldiers, and are considered the forerunner for many of the current Multicultural organizations. BSU collaborates with many other campus organizations and is devoted to enhancing the undergraduate experience for all students.
The organization is the founder of the Book Fund, a program that assists students in need of textbooks, and books have been donated to the Connecticut Men’s Prison System, in honor of Malcolm X, and the veterans throughout the state of Connecticut.
BSU, one of the initial organizations to become involved in the annual Preschool Holiday Party, has hosted an annual Parent’s Dinner for more than 25 years, and presents the BSU Fashion Show to raise money for the Book Fund annually. BSU has garnered more than 25 leadership awards over the years and strives to live up to its motto, “Brothers and Sisters United, In the name of Unity, Pride, Heritage, Knowledge, and Commitment".