Black Student Organization

The Black Student Organization of Old Dominion College in front of Webb Center, 1969. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

The Special Collections and University Archives department of Old Dominion University Libraries have created an exhibit celebrating the history of diversity and inclusion on campus. The exhibit features a timeline of social change and notable firsts at ODU regarding all aspects of diversity including, but not limited to, African-American history, women's history, and the LGBTQIA+ and international communities.

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Steven Bookman, University Archivist

Andrea Schumacher, Special Collections and University Archives Student Assistant

Greg Magier, Special Collections and University Archives Volunteer

Special thanks to Stephanie Sanders, Director of Diversity Initiatives, and Don Stansbury, Dean of Students, for providing additional information for the timeline.


Sweeney, James R., Old Dominion University: A Half Century of Service, Old Dominion University Office of Printing and Publications, Norfolk, Va., 1980

Bridges, Maggie, et. al., Old Dominion University: From the Great Depression to the New Millennium, 1930-2000, Old Dominion University Office of Institutional Advancement, Norfolk, Va., 2000.

Old Dominion University Photographic and Multimedia Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries. Print photographs from the collections have been scanned and are available in the ODU Photographic Collection in the Old Dominion University Libraries Digital Collections.