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Membership in the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is open to all faculty members and staff employed at least 20 hours at The University of Texas at Austin, regardless of religion, age, race or color, marital status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation.

Membership Dues

Dues for membership in BFSA are $30 per year, and members are encouraged to contribute at least an additional $10 to the Dr. James L. Hill Scholarship Fund.Membership Dues – Departmental Payment (IDT)

To initiate the process, you can follow these steps for the departmental IDT payment. Once you’ve reached out to your department and sent in a request the account manager for your department to get approval for the funds transfer. We will only contact you again if we encounter an issue with the membership payment from your department.

How can I join?

You can become a member of BFSA by completing the membership form here and then paying dues here.University has long recognized the importance of University Resource Groups (URGs) to advise the administration on important matters about the workplace. The URGs provide valuable perspective by providing advice and counsel that is important to employee well-being and is consistent with the university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity. The approved establishment of the URGs includes a provision for a reasonable work release time allocation for URG members. Given the university’s authorization to Staff Council for up to four hours per month of work time, the same allocation will be provided for URG participation.

How to set Set-it-and-forget-it steps for your annual membership dues:

By Credit/Debit Card

  1. Follow this link: http://bit.ly/bfsamembershipdues. You’ll be redirected to a page that
    lists BFSA membership as the gift area and the amount contributed $30.00 annually, for as long as you’d like.
  2. Hit the “Your Info” button to enter credit/debit info.
  3. You are all set!

Requesting Departmental Support

In many cases, departments are happy to cover the cost of annual membership, all you have to do is ask. Here’s an email template:

Dear X,

I hope this finds you well. I write today to request your consideration of [CSU] sponsoring my membership to the Black Faculty Staff Association on campus. The annual dues are $30.00. As a university resource group on campus, BFSA has been integral in creating space for faculty and staff to build community around their shared experiences on campus and beyond.

(If you are not new) Being a part of the association has been very meaningful to me over the years and I am thankful university leadership has committed to improving inclusivity on campus and supporting university resource groups.

(If you are new) Being new to the university, I learned about BFSA through a colleague and as I work to build relationships across campus, I was thankful to hear university leadership has committed to improving inclusivity on campus and supporting university resource groups.

If you have any questions, you can contact Micahel weaver, BFSA’s treasurer at bfsatreasurer@austin.utexas.edu.

Sincerely,
YOU

Collaboration

Consider giving to the James Hill Challenge Grant Scholarship.  Here’s an easy way to give:

  1. Follow this link: http://bit.ly/bfsascholars
  2. Enter the amount you’d like to donate.
  3. Hit the “Your Info” button to enter credit/debit and personal information.
  4. YOU DID THAT.

Donating to BFSA

We encourage direct gifts to the BFSA to support our programming and efforts to improve campus climate at UT. You can make a direct gift to BFSA online at http://bit.ly/bsfagift including the information below.
Gift area: Division of Diversity and Community EngagementSub group: Black Faculty Staff Association

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