The creation of the Emory Black Student Union (EBSU) was a direct result of open dialogue and cooperation between the student community and Campus Life administrators. The space is one of several recommendations that were included in the 2013 Compact for Building Inclusive Community at Emory. The EBSU was the solution proposed in response to a lack of community and programming space for the black community. Campus Life and students acknowledged a series of challenging situations in the community and identified dedicated space as a key priority for best supporting black students at Emory.
The purpose of the EBSU is to help improve race relations on campus and in the community by creating an environment that is receptive to African-American culture and ideas. This environment is key to help ensure successful academic and social college experiences for black students, and successful communication with black student organization on campus. In addition to being a hub for black cultural organization, this is a space for all students across all organizations at the University, a place where there can be an exploration of genuine cultural exchange.