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Enhancing the Black Student Experience 


Goal

The goal of the symposium is to increase awareness of the Black student experience at UC San Diego with the goal of fostering intentional and sustained action to enhance their experience and promote pro-blackness at UC San Diego. 

Daily Session Themes:

  • Pre-Matriculation
  • Current Students, Campus Safety and Well Being
  • Current Students, Retention & Campus Climate
  • Current Students, Academics
  • Graduation and Beyond

Consider the theme that most aligns to your daily work or your passion.  We invite you to pick one of join them all.

Events

April 16, 2021

April 19-23, 2021

June 2021

Kick Off Workshop
Anti Blackness & Designing Pro-Black Student Solutions
Noon-2PM

Keynotes on the Student Experience: April 19, 2021 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am, 

Daily sessions will be hosted from noon – 2:00 pm in the following areas of student support:

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April 19, 2021: Pre-Matriculation

o   April 20, 2021: Campus Safety and Well Being

o   April 21, 2021: Retention & Campus Climate

o   April 22, 2021: Academics

o   April 23, 2021: Graduation and Beyond

Juneteenth
Celebrate and highlight you and your department's efforts to enhance the black student experience at UC San Diego

Keynote Speaker Event

Enjoy our keynote speaker event from Enhancing the Black Student Union Symposium

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Historical Context

Over the past several months, UC San Diego campus leadership has been in an ongoing dialog with representatives of our Black Student Union (BSU) and Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA) on how to better meet their needs and how to drive action that would make this campus a more inclusive and welcoming environment for Black students.  These robust conversations brought into focus the progress that has been made over the years as well as the gaps yet to be addressed.  It became clear the entire campus needs to be involved in addressing these gaps and in developing solutions to improve the experience of Black students on our campus.

The 12-day Anti-Racism Challenge during the summer of 2020 to learn to identify racist language and address anti-Blackness as it manifests on our campus. This challenge generated an  interest in proactive steps and additional training to help develop solution-oriented action plans. Simultaneously, Student Affairs created shared strategic Commitments to Address Anti-Blackness, and prioritized hosting a symposium on the Black student experience at UC San Diego in response to students’ request for a series of sessions.  Representatives from the BSU, BGPSA, Student Affairs, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion collaborated to chair the creation of a shared learning experience that better equips the campus to respond to the concerns voiced by our Black students. Over 40 faculty and staff across campus came together to co-create this symposium to empower their colleagues to engage  this work. 

The goal of the symposium is to increase awareness of the Black student experience at UC San Diego with the goal of fostering intentional and sustained action to enhance their experience and promote pro-blackness at UC San Diego.

The symposium aligns with the goals established for the Black Academic Excellence Initiative, the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, Student Affairs Strategic Plan and the campus Strategic Plan. The symposium is designed to provide participants with knowledge, tools and strategies to create better experiences for Black undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Committee

Ebonee Williams, Chair

Glynda Davis, Chair

Kennedy Cofield, Chair

James Crawford, Chair

 

Adam Burgasser, Faculty

Albert Agbayani, Alumni/Engineering

Amber Vlasnik, Colleges

Argiria Williams, ISPO

Charity Anderson, Athletics

Charles Lu, VCSA

David Ruiter, Commons

Deborah Kammerer, Admissions

Diana Vargass-Garcia, Alumni/Engineering

Dontarie Stallings, Chemistry/Faculty

Emily Marx Trask, Alumni/Engineering

Fnann R Keflezighi, Colleges

Franklin Garrett, Bio

Helen V. Griffith, Preuss

Jessica Graham, Faculty

K.Wayne Yang, Colleges/Faculty

Kafele Khalfani, Colleges

Karla Barron Galvan, VCSA

Keirara Auzenne, SIO

Kelly O'Sullivan Sommer, VCSA

Kirby Knipp, VCSA

Kyler Nathan, VCED/Student

LeShane Saddler, Admissions

Leslie Carver, Colleges/Faculty

Linda Doughty, Outreach

Maruth Figueroa, VCSA

Natalee Ellars, Alumni

Nichola Retzius, Associate Director

Patricia Mahaffey, VCSA

Porsia Curry, VCEDI

Roberta Camarena, Admissions

Sarah Ruelas, Assistant Director

Sarah Spear-Barrett, College

Tara Javidi, Faculty

Resources

Books & Articles

Data Sources

UC San Diego Undergraduate Diversity Dashboard

https://diversity.ucsd.edu/accountability/undergrad.html

 

University of California 2020 Accountability Report

Chapter 7: Diversity

https://accountability.universityofcalifornia.edu/2020/chapters/chapter-7.html

Donate

Donate options to the following funds help continue the success of Black students. 

  • Give to UC San Diego 
  • The Black Alumni Scholarship fund donors can give to the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences or Engineering, Math & Science fund. The Black Alumni scholarship is at San Diego Foundation and is the only scholarship associated with UCSD that can be exclusively offered to Black students due to UCSD’s restrictions in alignment with Prop 209.
  • Black Studies Project -Fund 7051 To provide general discretionary support for the Black Studies Project in the department of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego.
  • James Avery Memorial Scholarship - Fund 2275 (To provide undergraduate scholarships to African-American students who major in the performing arts.
  • Black Resource Center (BRC) - E3077 To provide general support for the Black Resource Center, including administrative support for the center and funding for its programmatic activities.
  • Ujima Black History Month (BHM) Scholarship – E4538 Funds scholarship awards annually to enrolled UC San Diego undergraduate students demonstrating academic and creative achievement in the study of African Americans, their history and culture in honor of Dr. Joe W. and Mary S. Watson.
  • Black Academic Excellence Initiative (BAEI) – E3300 UC San Diego’s Black Academic Excellence Initiative is a university-wide effort designed to create a more inclusive teaching and learning environment that reflects the diversity of the state, as well as our nation.

 

PATHWays programs

  • PATHways to STEM Scholarships – E3432 Funds will be used for PATHS Program salary, programming, recruitment,
  • PATHways to STEM Program – E3431 This fund will provide scholarship support to students participating in the PATHways to STEM through Enhanced Access and Mentorship (PATHS) Program.
  • PATHways to STEM: Graduate Fellowships – E4795 Graduate fellowship support to students participating in the PATHways to STEM through Enhanced Access and Mentorship (PATHS) Program

Education

Programs

Summer Training Academy for Research Success (STARS)

https://grad.ucsd.edu/diversity/programs/stars/index.html

Reports

The Campaign for College Opportunity Report: The State of Higher Education for Black Californians

https://collegecampaign.org/portfolio/state-higher-ed-black-californians-2021/

 

Knocking at the College Door (WICHE)

https://knocking.wiche.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2020/12/Knocking-pdf-for-website.pdf

Videos

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi in conversation with Diane Forbes Berthoud, AVC of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Greyson Sims, Labor Affairs Director of Associated Students Office of External Affairs, UC San Diego.  Opening & closing remarks and Q&A moderated by Rachel Asiedu, Campus Organizing Director of Associated Students Office of External Affairs, UC San Diego.

March 3, 2021

https://mediaspace.ucsd.edu/media/Ibram+X+Kendi+3+3+21/1_6kxuelma

Campus Statements