Mangum, the recently chosen BSM president for 2014-15, is a three-year member of the organization and said he is excited to start work based on his platform of accessibility, activism and effective programming.
“It’s going to be a very big year for BSM,” he said. “And right now we’re just working to get people excited.”
Mangum said one of the organization’s most important jobs for the coming year is to keep the dialogue surrounding underrepresented students active. He said the best way to do that is to work with other campus organizations.
“There needs to be unity, not just with the black community, not just with the minority community, but with the campus as a whole,” he said.
Mangum said he thought his biggest challenge during his term as president would be member retention and engagement.
“People have to make choices I guess,” he said. “And we just need to make sure people could make BSM a priority.”
BSM faculty adviser Taffye Clayton said the role of president is an important one because whoever holds it is responsible for one of the biggest student organizations on campus.
“BSM continues to be very integral to the fabric of the diversity at Carolina,” she said.