History

The Caribbean Student Association (CSA) at Binghamton University is an organization that has served and is continuing to serve the interests of both Caribbean and Non-Caribbean Students since 1977. CSA provides educational, political, cultural, and social programs aimed at educating the larger public about our Caribbean Heritage. These programs include guest speakers, our Annual Cultural Extravaganza (CARNIVAL), Culture Night (featuring Caribbean Queen) , weekly meetings, volunteer work, mentoring programs, and a number of similar activities. CSA is the proud recipient of the 2008, 2007, 2003, 2002 & 2000 XCEL Award for Outstanding Program – Special Event of the Year, 1999 XCEL Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Student Organizations, and the 1997-1998 and 2009 Michael V. Boyd Community Award . Through community service, Binghamton University has recognized CSA as an organization that serves others.

CSA began its journey with a very small budget of $50.00 and very few privileges, but through hard work and dedication has progressed over the years. The association strives to heighten the awareness of the community on issues pertinent to people of African descent, with emphasis on the Caribbean. The Caribbean Student Association at Binghamton University has been the proud host of a week of cultural expressions that consists of music, songs, dances, and skits for the last 25 years. 2005 brought to Binghamton University the 25th Anniversary of our Annual Caribbean Carnival. This event annually attracts 2500+ participants from colleges and universities all across the northeast and is the largest student organized event across New York State. Last year’s Carnival hosted reggae artists such as Serani, Bunji Garlin, Assasin and Destra Garcia. This event combines many elements of Caribbean culture providing participants with a full and unique cultural experience. Music, food, dance, poetry, and a variety of learning experiences come together to make Caribbean Carnival at Binghamton University a model program for cultural festivals across cultures and geographic boundaries.

MISSION
Dedicated to the theme, “One Love” , the Caribbean Student Association , founded in 1977, will strive to unite and educate students of Caribbean descent, as well as students of African descent about their rich and diverse culture.

CONTACT INFO
Caribbean Student Association
Binghamton University
P.O. Box 6000,
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Telephone: 607-777-2105
FAX: 607-777- 6501

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