Black Women's Collective

The Black Women’s Collective (BWC) of Tufts University was established in the 1980's by women seeking to enhance the bond between Black women at Tufts. Over the years, BWC has grown in size, as well as purpose. Today it has become a more multi-racial organization, catering to all women of color who share similar issues, goals and values of it originators. The goal of BWC is to enhance the connection between women of color on the Tufts campus, and other campuses in the Boston area, creating a solid foundation and support network for women of color.

Through facilitated bi-weekly meetings, the BWC discusses issues surrounding sexual and cultural identity, racial identity, and the formation and maintenance of healthy relationships. In addition, the BWC provides an open and safe environment in which women of color are able to speak about personal conflicts and develop a sense of community and mutual respect between women of different ethnic, social, cultural, class, and family backgrounds.

Previous Topics

  • "Searching my Soul/Amel Larrieuc, Spirit in the Dark, Aretha Franklin" Is there a difference between religion and spirituality? What (if any) part should it play in today's society?
  • "I'm Gonna Win, Estelle/Closer, Gospel" A discussion on attending graduate school – life in higher education. Is there a place/purpose for me?
  • "Giving" Annual Thanksgiving fellowship dinner with Black Men's Group.
  • Earth Song, Erykah Badu/ My Life, Mary J. Blige. A discussion on stress management – how to deal with the stresses of life and not be the "angry black woman"
  • "Wrap-up – you deserve a study break." Join us as we wind down the semester and enjoy some fun and good food. 


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Precious Chika Musa

MFA, Program Coordinator and Facilitator of Black Women’s Collective

Precious Chika Musa is a first-generation Nigerian American Black girl. She graduated from Smith College with her B.A. in English and Africana Studies with a Poetry Concentration and earned her MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Precious’ writing engages the inner life of the body, fugitivity, and belonging. Her poems appear in Tupelo Quarterly, West Trestle Review, Black Perspectives, and elsewhere. As a way to begin answering questions around Black grief and joy formed during undergrad, Precious developed, curated, and launched Listen, Look: A Reconciliatory Journey Through Black Grief and Joy: a multi-media installation featuring Black St. Louis artists. The installation brought her closer to her love for visual storytelling, and she’s been immersed in the visual world ever since. She currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Africana Center at Tufts University.