Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA)

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Past events:

2016 BGAPSA Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception

Presidential Debate Watch Party

Felabration! A celebration of West African cultural tradition.

Penn Speak Out! Co-sponsored events to offer space for students to speak out about racism on campus.

Penn Spectrum Weekend: Black Penn Social. Networking event with Black Penn students and alumni during "Penn Spectrum Weekend."

BGAPSA Community Healing Meetings. Two-part discussion and forum meetings for supporting students in navigating racial stress and incidents of racism on campus.

Black QT Creative Exhibit and Happy Hour

Agents of Change Film Screening

Co-sponsored Implicit Bias Teach-In

Amalgam Comics Pop-Up Shop

"Black Magic" End-of-Year Semi-Formal Party

Fish Fry

For information about upcoming events, check out our website and facebook page above!


The Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA) is a graduate student group that seeks to enhance the quality of life for graduate and professional students of the African Diaspora.

Past Events

8:27 am - 10:00 pm

Wanna celebrate the end of your semester before finals arrive? Stop by for a family get-together between BGAPSA, LAGAPSA, and BGWA. 

Tickets are $10 and include delicious Venezuelan food and 3 drink tickets!



8:25 am - 8:30 pm


Take a break from finals for a night of food, friends and fundraising! Food donated by Philly's own Day by Day and Rione!

Join us for BGAPSA and Fontaine's 2017 Holiday Party and Fundraiser. To end the semester right, we will be gathering gifts for a cause in Philadelphia that affects black communities. This year, we are collecting money and in-kind items which will be given to Women Against Abuse, a Philadelphia domestic violence organization. 56% of WAA's clients are African-American. 

5:21 pm - 10:00 pm















Join GAPSA IDEAL Friday, November 10, 2017 for our biannual All Access Party! This Fall, we'll be at the Pyramid Club, atop a 52-story skyscraper in Center City. Join us for cocktails, incredible views of the city, and general celebration of our campus-wide affinity groups!

This event is 21+ only. You must bring a government-issued ID.


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA) and Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW), invite you to participate in a two-hour workshop, Trauma 101: Becoming Trauma Aware, taught by Lakeside Global Institute and funded by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ).

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


“But Dad, Why was He shot?” Racial Socialization and the Psychosocial Wellbeing of Black Youth

Dr. Riana Anderson
Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California

- Although no magic formula exists for helping youth of color get through the racial dynamics of our society, Dr. Anderson will discuss a few things that research tells us is useful. She will also discuss how this stress impacts emerging adults and parents, and what strategies can be waged from a family or community level to address these problems.