The Student Services Financial Committee heard The Black Voice budget hearing and passed the Wunk Sheek and Movimento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán budgets, Monday night.

Both Shiloah Coley — the co-editor in chief — and Kingsley-Reigne Pissang — the co-fundraising chair — presented for The Black Voice. Their hearing covered potential salaried positions within the club, hosting events and campaigns.  

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Pissang said the mission of The Black Voice is to offer a safe space for everyone who chooses to participate.

The Black Voice requested funding to expand both their programming on campus and to add six paid positions for the executive board members.

Their core program funding would go toward their writing lab, “The Green Book,” that they plan on writing and their Black Journalists Matter Campaign.

Their supportive program funding would go towards The Black Voice Print Edition Launch Party and towards sending two members to the National Association of Black Journalists Conference, which will be held in Atlanta, Georgia this April.

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The Black Voice plans on publishing “The Green Book,” which would give recommendations to minorities that are new to the Madison area.  

“It’s the idea of bringing The Green Book to UW-Madison and educating folks on the history of The Green Book and also taking a look at what’s the best way for students who might be in different marginalized backgrounds within the community to really be able to navigate campus and take advantage of it,” Shiloah Coley said. 

Their current plan is to print around 200 copies, putting them in locations that support members of marginalized communities throughout UW.

SSFC then passed both the Wunk Sheek and MEChA budgets. 

SSFC will be voting on The Black Voice budget at their Thursday meeting.