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Black Student-Alumni Collaborative (BSAC)

Welcome to The Richmont Black Student-Alumni Collaborative (BSAC) 

BSAC is a joint effort between alumni leaders, the Alumni Advisory Council, the Richmont Alumni Association, Faculty Advisor, Dr. Sonja Sutherland.

BSAC members will be part of the Richmont Alumni Association and work collaboratively in support of the University’s mission.  BSAC has been established to more fully address the unique needs of Richmont’s Black students and alumni during graduate training, in the counseling profession, in the church, and throughout the broader community.

The Logo


 The “chain link” is a West African symbol of unity and human relations – A reminder to contribute to the community, and that in unity lies strength.

 African (Swahili) Proverb: “Unity is strength, division is weakness.”

 Foundational Scripture: “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12


To enhance the Black/African-American community of Christ-centered counseling students and alumni by serving and building connections.


We will accomplish our mission by assisting and supporting Black/African-American students and alumni in the following ways:

  • Provide mentoring and support, including, but not limited to emotional, spiritual, financial, and educational resources
  • Provide networking, internship, and job placement assistance to current students as they move toward graduation
  • Establish scholarships for Black students
  • Provide networking, support, and fellowship opportunities to alumni
  • Assist with recruiting opportunities at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s) and other educational institutions
  • Support the establishment of more Hope Counseling Centers in predominantly Black churches
  • Support the development of more relationships with Black clergy
  • Educate the broader therapeutic and church community about how to effectively address the unique needs of Black/African-American clients and members
  • Support Richmont’s efforts toward becoming a more culturally diverse Christian institution impacting a diverse community

BSAC Membership for Alumni

Basic Member: $50/year in addition to the Alumni Association dues

  • Free admission to all BSAC fellowship events
  • Quarterly BSAC newsletter
  • Listing in the BSAC membership directory and free access to the directory

Founding Member: Any donation amount above $50.

The Founding Membership was created for those who desire to help establish the financial foundation of the Black Student-Alumni Collaborative.  In addition to the benefits of the basic membership, founding members also receive:

  • Listing as Founding Members in the quarterly BSAC newsletter & membership directory
  • A certificate of Founding Membership

BSAC Membership for 1st year alumni (recent graduates): $10

BSAC Student Membership (current students) is $10. 

Click here to join!

BSAC Leadership Team:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sonja Sutherland

President: Lisa Marie Byrd, MA. LPC (2003), 678-523-1650

Vice President: Arthurine Wright, MA, LPC, NCC (2005), 404-273-3970

Secretary/ Treasurer: Vincent Poole, MA (2016), 404-293-6226

Chaplain: Katrina Wilson, MA, LPC (2006), 678-523-3372

Private Practice Consultant: Lydia Canty, MA, LPC (2002), 404-734-0954


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