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ABOUT THE BLACK PAGES Welcome to The Black Pages! Written by and for UC Davis students, this guide will help you explore the African and African American community on campus. In The Black Pages, you’ll find culturally relevant resources, information on student organizations and academic support and advice from student leaders to help you succeed in all aspects at Davis.

African diaspora: The term “African diaspora” was developed in the 1990s and entered common usage in the 2000s. “Diaspora” refers to people around the world whose descent can be traced from one specific geographical location. “African diaspora” is attributed to all people of African descent; they may identify as Black, African American or African.


Welcome Letters


Student Life


Cultural Programs and Events


Student Organizations


Student Athletes




Greek Life


Things to Do


On Campus


Off Campus


Campus Community Resources


Support Services Campus Safety African American and African Studies


Faculty and Staff


Thank You


Walter Robinson

Milton Lang, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Division of Student Affairs

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Campus Community and Retention Services Division of Student Affairs

You have invested years of hard work and energy toward preparing for college, and you have earned your seat in the UC Davis fall 2017 incoming class. I am excited to welcome you to campus and look forward to the positive contributions you will make to the intellectual, social and cultural vitality of the UC Davis student body. UC Davis is more than just a world-class research university: it is an active, diverse community—a place where you can connect, engage and thrive. It is a place where you can both challenge yourself and be yourself. The Black Pages is your guide to the wide array of activities and resources our campus has to offer you. Read it, use it, get involved! I would like to offer you some valuable pieces of advice that I am sure you will find helpful as a student at this great university: • Connect with community and have a sense of ownership. • Move forward in this journey with the courage to compete. • Use campus resources and get to know your professors. • Dedicate yourself to excellence and never settle for less than what you expect and deserve. If you see me around campus, please stop and say, “hello,” or feel free to visit my office, call or email me at any time.

Congratulations on your decision to be a part of our Aggie family! On behalf of the faculty, staff and our students, I welcome you to the University of California, Davis. I joined UC Davis in August 2013, and I can say that becoming an Aggie has been one of the best decisions of my life. I am sure you will feel the same. You should be proud of your accomplishments; getting to UC Davis is not an easy triumph. As the associate vice chancellor for Student Life, Campus Community and Retention Services, I am happy to support your undergraduate experience of achieving your higher education goals and career aspirations. UC Davis is dedicated to creating supportive structures that will serve in your journey toward intellectual and collective success, and we look forward to working with you to do exactly that. Within The Black Pages, you will find information on how you can become engaged while on campus and how to stay connected to your cultural community. You will also find many opportunities to do research in your field, learn to express yourself in the creative arts or take part in programs or a campus leadership position that you feel will enhance your curricular and co-curricular experience. The Center for African Diaspora Student Success (CADSS), 270 South Silo, was opened in 2015. The CADSS space creates synergy and collaboration and is a great place to study and get connected. Please be sure to stop by soon and enjoy your new home away from home. Here at UC Davis, you will find faculty, staff and students who are deeply invested in your success, personal development and overall involvement. As you navigate through your journey, always know that we stand ready to support you in ways that will maximize your UC Davis educational experience. I wish you well here at UC Davis. Please let us know how we can assist you in maximizing your undergraduate experience. Welcome to our Aggie family!


STUDENT LIFE Aggies are active! Ask yourself how you want to get involved: join or start a student organization, play intramural or club sports, develop leadership skills, participate in research. Your campus offers myriad opportunities to explore interests, make connections, develop passions and lifelong friends. Check out the student profiles in The Black Pages to learn some of the ways you can enhance your academic experience.



Winter Quarter



BLACK FAMILY WEEK african-american-student-resources

Black Family Day brings together students, alumni, family and friends to celebrate the diversity and historical, social and educational achievements of the UC Davis African diaspora. This is a fun, family-friendly event featuring live entertainment, food, arts, crafts and much more.

Black Fall Welcome opens the academic year, welcoming all incoming freshman and transfer students to the Black community. Students meet staff, faculty and other incoming students, and learn about resources to help them succeed at UC Davis.

Held annually in February, Black Family Week is packed with educational events and entertainment focused on celebrating the African diaspora. Students participating in the signature “Soul Speaks� event showcase their creativity and identity through dance, music, spoken word and art.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH african-american-student-resources

This three-day, two-night trip is an amazing opportunity to build relationships in the Black community and see the beautiful scenery outside of Davis. Students participate in activities that build and enhance valuable leadership skills. STUDENT OF COLOR CONFERENCE

The Student of Color Conference (SOCC) is the largest and oldest conference hosted by the University of California Student Association. Every fall quarter this conference provides a safe space for students of color and allies to discuss and explore issues of inequality. This dialogue promotes activism and the cultivation of a community determined to make a difference in our society. african-american-student-resources

Throughout February, the African American experience is shared, illuminating our history and accomplishments while we overcome adversities.

BLACK GRADUATION CELEBRATION african-american-student-resources

Black Graduation Celebration is the final cultural event of the academic year. It shines a light on the academic achievements of African diaspora undergraduate and graduate students. All family members and friends are invited to share in the celebration.

Spring Quarter


BLACK CONVOCATION african-american-student-resources

Held annually, Black Convocation nurtures the social and personal development of UC Davis students of African descent and fosters scholars to achieve academic excellence and success within the context of our global society. Students who attend Black Convocation are connected to a supportive network of faculty, staff, alumni and other campus resources that will aid in their success.

The BlaqOUT Conference is held every spring quarter at UC Riverside to discuss the intersectional identity of Black and queer. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center and African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE) work together to organize this conference with other schools. NIGERIAN STUDENT COALITION CONFERENCE The Nigerian Student Association hosts the Nigerian Student Coalition Conference, held at UC Davis in the spring. 3

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS The Afrikan Black Coalition

Black Campus Ministries


The Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) comprises students of Afrikan descent from the nine University of California undergraduate campuses. The coalition was created by students who felt that many of the issues they were facing on their campus were shared by students at all UC campuses. ABC works to provide a stable support network through outreach, conferences and collective action.

Black Campus Ministries is an ethnic-specific ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The program focuses on developing African American students as Christian leaders in church and society by raising the vision of student ministry in African American churches.

BlaqOUT is a UC Davis student organization that promotes awareness of, creates a safe space for and celebrates the lives of LGBTQIA individuals of African or African American descent.

Associated Students, University of California, Davis

Associated Students, University of California, Davis, (ASUCD) is the official student government of UC Davis. ASUCD is primarily student managed and staffed, employing upwards of 1,500 students. ASUCD offers opportunities to engage in leadership activities that range from student advocacy, management and finance to event planning.

Back to Black

Back to Black is a student-run social enterprise that aims to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life choices and environment. Back to Black works to improve the state of blackness (university focused) and promote black consciousness on a global scale by facilitating the necessary discussion of race with no respect to the status quo. 4

Black Community of Science

This organization strives to build community and allies among Black students and faculty, particularly in the field of biological sciences. The Black Community of Science brings together Black students for networking, encouragement and support throughout their journey in biological sciences at UC Davis.

Black Engineers Association

The mission of the Black Engineers Association is to be inclusive, expand upon ideas of Black community, positively impact the community and increase the number of culturally responsible Black students who excel academically and succeed professionally.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) serves as a home for the African diaspora at UC Davis, enhancing self-identity while respecting diversity within the group. The BSU is a support and networking group that collaborates with other organizations, faculty and staff.

Eritrean Ethiopian Student Association

The Eritrean Student Association promotes and educates the campus community on Eritrean culture by organizing cultural shows, workshops and opportunities for social events.

Habesha Student Association

The Habesha Student Association works to unite Habesha students on campus, to provide a welcoming space for community members and to raise awareness of Habesha culture and history on campus.

Imani Clinic

Mixed Student Union

The Mixed Student Union (MSU) is devoted to the mixed race, multiethnic and trans-racial adoptee community. MSU provides a fun, safe and comfortable environment for people of mixed heritage and interested students to collaborate with other UC Davis ethnic student organizations to promote mixed-heritage awareness.

The Imani Clinic is dedicated to improving outcomes—medical, academic and social—among members of the African American community in Sacramento. The clinic also provides student interns with the opportunity to experience health care delivery firsthand.

Faces of African Muslim Students at UC Davis

Nigerian Student Association

The Nigerian Student Association brings together Nigerian students as a unified community and creates awareness of Nigerian culture on the UC Davis campus and beyond. The rich Nigerian culture is promoted through social activities to provide a first-year orientation for Nigerian students.

The Faces of African Muslim Students’ purpose is to promote discussion of African and African American contributions to Islam and of the comprehensive history of Muslim Africans in the United States. It aims to bring to light the divisions that exist within the Muslim community and between the African and African American communities, with the goal of making events and information accessible to and inclusive of people of all backgrounds on the university campus.

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students

The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students helps underrepresented students matriculate into medical school to increase the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Nigerian Student Dance Group This dance group seeks to influence and impact the UC Davis community through African dancing, while honoring Nigerian traditions and giving back to African countries.

Pan African Student Organization The Pan African Student Organization benefits all students of African descent, especially those students who have a keen interest in the African diaspora and want to connect with students from the African continent. We organize social, educational and cultural functions for our members and the community.





Fourth Year Major: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior NCAA: Volleyball

Fourth Year Major: International Relations NCAA: Track and Field

Third Year Major: Political Science and Psychology Intramural Sports: Flag Football and Basketball

Being a part of the UC Davis volleyball team has helped me learn more about myself as a person. I have learned how to push myself and what my limits, strengths and weaknesses are. Most importantly, it has helped me grow as an individual every single day.

Being a part of the UC Davis track team has helped me so much with learning time management. With practice six days a week, weights three days a week and class four days a week, I have learned how to make time for studying, rehabbing my body and even leisure and social time. In terms of leadership, I have learned that everyone really has the ability to be a leader. Leadership is the ability to see the leader in everyone and truly learn from others who have a lot of knowledge to share.

Being a part of intramural sports has helped me build relationships, stay in shape and make UC Davis feel like home and a place where I can thrive. Playing sports gives me an outlet to clear my mind and not worry about school for a time. This gives me something to look forward to after classes. My advice to incoming athletes is just because you are no longer playing intercollegiate athletics doesn’t mean you can’t continue playing the sports you love.




Sport Clubs

Intramural Sports

MEN’S SPORTS • Baseball • Basketball • Cross Country • Football • Golf • Soccer • Tennis • Track and Field • Water Polo

• Alpine Ski and Snowboarding • Badminton • Baseball • Bowling • Boxing • Crew (men’s) • Cycling • Equestrian (dressage, eventing, hunter jumper and western) • Field Hockey • Gymnastics • Ice Hockey • Judo • Lacrosse (men’s and women’s) • Racquetball • Roller Hockey • Rowing (women’s) • Rugby (men’s and women’s) • Soccer (men’s and women’s) • Softball • Table Tennis • Taekwondo • Tennis • Triathlon • Ultimate Frisbee (men’s and women’s) • Volleyball (men’s and women’s) • Water Polo (men’s and women’s) • Waterski and Wakeboard

• 5k and 10k Run for Recreation • Badminton • Basketball • Bowling • Dodgeball Palooza • Flag Football • Floor Hockey • Golf • Grass Volleyball • Indoor Soccer • Innertube Water Polo • Poker Palooza • Racquetball • Soccer • Softball • Table Tennis • Team Handball • Tennis • Ultimate Frisbee • Volleyball • Wiffleball Palooza

WOMEN’S SPORTS • Basketball • Cross Country • Field Hockey • Golf • Gymnastics • Lacrosse • Soccer • Softball • Swimming and Diving • Tennis • Track and Field • Volleyball • Water Polo



Want to “Go Greek?” Fraternities and sororities are a great way to join established brotherhoods and sisterhoods. Some organizations require sign-ups online before the quarter starts, and others have recruitment events during rush week at the start of the quarter. Visit the Office of Sorority and Fraternity and Life website,, to learn more about UC Davis’ Greek organizations and how you can connect. NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL

The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) brings together historically African American sororities and fraternities representing chapters of the Divine Nine. AFRICAN AMERICAN INTEREST FRATERNITIES • Phi Beta Sigma AFRICAN AMERICAN INTEREST SORORITIES • Alpha Kappa Alpha • Zeta Phi Beta MULTICULTURAL INTEREST SORORITIES • Delta Omicron Chi • Delta Xi Phi • Lambda Sigma Gamma • Sigma Alpha Zeta • Zeta Sigma Chi




B.A. ‘16 Major: Economics and Global Disease Biology Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Fourth Year Major: Human Development Hometown: Los Angeles, California

What experiences on campus helped you develop as a student and leader?

What do you think of the UC Davis campus and the resources it has to offer?

The practical experience I gained volunteering at Imani Clinic, a student-run medical clinic serving the Sacramento African American community, gave me an understanding of how I can make an impact in society and reminded me that I was in college to provide service to the communities I represent. My academic trajectory shifted to focusing on seeing health disparities through an economic lens.

I think the resources are unique because of all the professional schools—law, business, medicine and veterinary medicine. Personally, I have a hands-on internship at the UC Davis Medical Center in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department that has inspired me to go into medicine. The internship gives me the opportunity to support children in the hospital through play, talking about how to cope in ways they can understand and having nurturing conversations. My ultimate goal is to provide underserved communities with exceptional health care.

What advice would you give incoming students? Visit your professors during office hours; you won’t regret it. Also take advantage of professional development presentations and workshops of all types. You never know what may pique your interest.

What experiences and/or involvement on campus have had a significant impact on you and how has this helped your development as a student and leader? I wanted a way to express myself creatively, so I joined the Nigerian Student Dance Group (NSDG) on campus. I had a lot of fun while sharing and celebrating my culture. My involvement led to becoming president of NSDG and leading many performances of traditional Nigerian, West African and modern dances.





Explore the Arboretum

Check Out Sporting Events

The arboretum has over 100 acres of beautiful gardens for active recreation or peaceful contemplation. There are documented plant collections, exhibits and demonstration plantings where visitors can learn about sustainable gardening for the Central Valley.

UC Davis is home to the Aggie Pack, the largest student spirit organization in the nation. The energy-filled Black Aggie Pack section is definitely an experience with the potential to meet new people and, together, cheer on our many competitive sports teams, including our Division I football and basketball teams.

Check Out the Experimental College

The Experimental College formed as part of a movement on university campuses to bring alternative voices to the university culture. Today, the Experimental College provides an outlet for individuals to share their interests and learn skills in an informal setting by offering courses in dance, martial arts, yoga and movement, holistic health, music, language and more.

Celebrate Picnic Day

Picnic Day celebrates student differences and a healthy campus climate with over 200 diverse exhibits and marquee events such as the Doxie Derby and the Chemistry Magic Show.


The museum is dedicated to teaching, research and service. It houses the seventh largest insect collection in North America, featuring species from around the world. THE C.N. GORMAN MUSEUM

The C.N. Gorman Museum is dedicated to the creative expressions of Native American artists. The museum is also open to artists from different backgrounds but emphasizes Native American art.


The brand new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art features innovative design and house rotating exhibitions.

Go Rock Climbing at the ARC! The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is the campus gym. It holds tons of high-quality workout equipment, such as an indoor rock-climbing wall, track and basketball/volleyball courts. The ARC also offers yoga classes, Zumba and kickboxing.

Recreation Pool The Rec Pool features two lap-swimming lanes, two diving boards, an island for water activities and large lawns on which to relax. Swim laps or lounge at the Rec Pool, open late April to late September. Current students and CRU members enjoy free access to the pool.



HOT SPOTS Farmers Market

There’s a reason the Farmers Market is an Aggie tradition and a must-do for anyone spending time in Davis. Bike over to Central Park on Saturday mornings to hear local music groups, buy fresh produce and enjoy one of the most popular weekly events in town.

Downtown Davis

Downtown Davis has great restaurants, shops and movie theaters, and it is right next to campus. Walk around downtown in the evening, and you might find live performances by bands and people fire-dancing with flaming hula hoops.




• Applebee’s, 1753 Research Park Dr. • Burgers and Brew, 403 Third St. • Blaze Pizza, 212 F street • Cream, 110 F St. • Davis Graduate, 805 Russell Blvd. • Dot Island Grill, 516 Second St. • El Burrito, 223 F St. • Habit Burger, 500 First St. • In-N-Out, 1020 Olive Dr. • La Piñata, 305 First St. • Lamppost Pizza, 1260 Lake Blvd. #113 • Lazi Cow, 407 G St. #4 • Mandro Teahouse, 1260 Lake Blvd. • Ohana’s BBQ, 825 Russell Blvd. • Open Rice Kitchen, 204 G St. • Pluto’s, 500 First St. • Shah’s Food Truck (on campus) • Yolo Berry, 316 C St. • 3rd and U Cafe, 223 Third St.

• Arden Fair Mall, 1689 Arden Way (Sacramento) • Big 5 Sporting Goods, 1301 W. Covell Blvd. • Forever 21, 885 Russell Blvd. • Styles For Less, 4647 Second St. • Target, 4601 Second St. • TJ Maxx, 4651 Second St. • Walmart, 1250 E. Gibson Rd. (Woodland)

Adventure and Exercise • Akasha Yoga, 140 F St. #300 • Barefoot Yoga, 1015 Olive Dr. • Bikram Yoga, 1505 Fifth St. • Davis Paintball Center, 24998 County Rd. 102 • Outdoor Adventures, 1025 Ext. Center Dr. (across from the ARC) • Rocknasium, 720 Olive Dr., Suite S


Movie Theaters

• Kaiser Permanente, 1955 Cowell Blvd. • Student Health and Counseling Services (on campus) • Sutter Davis Hospital, 2000 Sutter Pl.

• Davis Varsity Theater, 616 Second St. • Regal Cinemas Holiday 6, 101 F St. • Regal Cinemas Stadium 5, 420 G St.

Beauty • Bath and Body Works, 500 First St. • Cece’s Cutz, 4261 Truxel Rd. A5 (Sacramento) • Curly Kinky Tendrils, 1445 Fulton Ave. (Sacramento) • Death or Glory Tattoo, 219 E St. • G Nails and Spa, 514 Second St. • Hair La Belle, 8111 Scottsdale Dr., Suite D (Sacramento) • King’s Wigs and Beauty Supply, 661 San Juan Rd. (Sacramento) • Myland Nails and Spa, 307 D St. • Salon Exsalonce, 2728 Marconi Ave. (Sacramento) • So Glamorous Salon and Boutique, 85-B Quinta Ct. (Sacramento) • True Salon and Spa, 9044 Elk Grove Blvd. (Elk Grove) • Urban Body Tattoo and Piercing, 802 Second St.

Museums and Art Galleries • The Artery, 207 G St. • Hattie Weber Museum, 445 C St. • Jan Shrem and Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, 254 Old Davis Rd. (on campus) • John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, 521 First St. • Pence Art Gallery, 212 D St. • U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, 303 Third St.

Travel • Sacramento (about 20 minutes by car) • Lake Berryessa (about 30 minutes by car) • Berkeley (about 1 hour by car) • San Francisco (about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car) • Lake Tahoe (about 2 hours and 30 minutes by car)

AGGIE QUICK TIPS • Show your UC Davis student ID to enjoy $5 movies every Tuesday at Regal Cinemas in downtown Davis. On other days use your student ID for discounted tickets. • Your student ID can also be used for free rides on Yolobus, which has routes from the Memorial Union to the Sacramento International Airport, city of Sacramento and surrounding communities. • Student IDs can be used for a discount at Yolo Berry and many other Davis eateries and free Yolo Berry on your birthday!


CAMPUS COMMUNITY RESOURCES UC Davis offers a dynamic set of resources that caters to your personal interests and needs. These resources can help you find employment, explore your identity, de-stress, delve into community and academics and even cultivate your passions. Use them to achieve your academic goals, attain a healthy, balanced schedule and enjoy yourself!


AB540 and Undocumented Student Center

The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center empowers students, their families and members of the community to attain their educational goals, overcome legal and financial obstacles and achieve their long-term dreams. IMMIGRATION LAW CLINIC

Center for African Diaspora Student Success

The Center for African Diaspora Student Success is a space designated for African and African American students. We can utilize the space to study, engage and collaborate with one another. Although there are other places on campus for these activities, the center was created with the intent of cultivating our success here at UC Davis. LINDA FRANCES ALEXANDER SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Linda Frances Alexander Scholars Program provides academic, social and cultural enrichment for African American and African students in support of their academic success and personal development.

Students at the Immigration Law Clinic interview clients and witnesses, conduct factual investigations and represent clients at immigration court hearings.

Academic Advising Center

Center for Student Involvement

At the Center for Student Involvement, students can connect with the 700+ student organizations and clubs on campus.

Cross Cultural Center

Born out of student activism and political struggle, the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) offers a culturally relevant community space where student voices can be expressed and respected. The CCC cultivates critical consciousness and cultural competency by providing learning opportunities at the crossroads of the many aspects of our identities and experiences. academic_advising_center.asp

Educational Opportunity Program

Peer advisors and tutors in the Academic Advising Center provide convenient, personalized academic support for every residence hall student.

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides a caring and supportive environment for students as they transition to a large university.

Campus Recreation and Unions

Financial Aid and Scholarships

From aquatics to sport clubs, Campus Recreation and Unions offers a variety of programs, services and facilities to help you enjoy recreation and maintain a balanced lifestyle. The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offers both informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your fitness goals. Access to the ARC is free to registered students. Programming within the ARC includes group exercise, dance classes, martial arts classes, personal training, rock climbing and intramural sports.

Learn about your financial aid award and explore scholarships and various types of financial aid.

Internship and Career Center

The Internship and Career Center (ICC) offers career services to students throughout their academic journey, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. ICC services can help students with career decisions, resume writing, interviewing and finding an internship or job. 15


Campbell 2 is a living-learning community focused on Black culture. Located in the Tercero residence hall area, it is a great way for first-year students of all cultures to explore the African diaspora.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center helps to create a safe, inclusive space for the community at UC Davis. The center is committed to challenging sexism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism.

McNair Scholars

The UC Davis McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program that encourages students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue doctoral degrees. Around 20 UC Davis students are selected to participate in the program throughout the school year and summer months.


MyUCDavis is an Internet portal where students can access information and resources ranging from academics, such as student advising, scheduling classes and finding support, to employee services, finances and even student life. 16

Office of the University Registrar

Student Academic Success Center

The registrar provides student identification cards, manages the course registration system, verifies student enrollment and provides student transcripts.

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) helps students thrive by providing academic, personal, social and transitional support. Utilizing a holistic approach, SASC offers services that empower students to take responsibility for their learning and offers trained student tutors and drop-in tutoring sessions.

Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life

UC Davis offers nearly 80 active fraternities and sororities, which provide academic support. By joining a sorority or fraternity, students can be a part of dynamic social networks that extend beyond university years.

Online Advising Student Information System

The Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS) is a central location for students to learn about important deadlines, submit and track forms and petitions, and fill out degree worksheets to help plan their coursework.

Sacramento Area Youth Speaks

Founded in 2009 at UC Davis, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks (SAYS) strives to change the world through education and empowerment. Building on a foundation of critical literacy and spoken word performance poetry, SAYS breaks the chains of underachievement by elevating the voices and power of students as authors of their own lives and agents of change.


The Transfer Reentry Veterans Center accommodates all transfers, veterans, dependents of veterans and reentry students. Here, students can learn how to adjust to UC Davis life and explore resources available for academic excellence. TRIO SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The TRiO Scholars Program promotes the academic, social, personal and professional success of our students by building a strong sense of community and drawing on UC Davis resources.

Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center coordinates specialized academic support services and promotes integrated participation in campus life for students with disabilities.

Student Health and Counseling Services

Student Recruitment and Retention Center

UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services to all registered UC Davis students, regardless of insurance coverage. Most services are provided through scheduled appointments; however, urgent care (service without an appointment) is also available for acute medical and mental health needs.

The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) offers student-run and student-initiated programs that foster holistic academic and personal development while raising political and cultural awareness. The SRRC study lounge provides tutoring and test materials, and it is a great place to get your homework done.

Services are provided at two primary locations: the Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall. COMMUNITY ADVISING NETWORK

Composed of a team of community counselors, the Community Advising Network (CAN) assists all students, especially those from underserved populations, to achieve their goals and address factors that may be affecting their academic success. CAN community counselors are a diverse group of professional staff who understand student issues and are here to help. CAN community counselors provide students with free and anonymous consultation and personal counseling in addition to programs, workshops and other campus-community outreach activities. (CAN counselors do not provide academic advising.)


African Diaspora Cultivating Education (ACE) strives to create a supportive environment that encourages academic success and cultural awareness. ACE programs include peer mentorship, the annual Black Leadership Retreat, Soul Speaks, weekly study halls and an end-of-year barbecue. COLLECTIVE

Collective provides both academic and social support to empower transfer, reentry, parent and all non-traditional students to succeed in higher education. Collective offers all students a safe and welcoming environment to further engage in their educational pursuits. Through campus visits, Collective introduces disadvantaged students to the opportunities and possibilities a university education provides.

UC Davis Study Abroad

UC Davis offers a wide variety of study abroad options. The African American and African Studies program partners with UC Davis Study Abroad to offer programs in regions as diverse as Botswana, Brazil, Cuba, Ghana, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Students in any major can participate for a summer, quarter or an entire year. Studying, exploring and engaging with other cultures before graduation is an incredible learning experience that will broaden your perspective of the world.

Undergraduate Research Center

The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) empowers students to find research opportunities and provides resources to hone the skills vital to success as a researcher. Explore the URC website to discover how to excel in a research experience and learn about the research pathway available to UC Davis students.

Women’s Resources and Research Center

The Women’s Resources and Research Center is a great place to learn about gender equity, meet friends and get involved with on-campus programs and student groups. Sexism affects everyone, and students can take part in making UC Davis safer and more inclusive for everyone.




Fourth Year Major: Biological Systems Engineering Hometown: Victorville, California

Fourth Year, Transfer Major: African American and African Studies Hometown: Berkeley, California

Why did you choose to attend UC Davis?

How have your experiences on campus helped you develop as a student and leader?

I fell in love with the beautiful green campus that Davis had to offer. My decision was ultimately made by the way that the community embraced and welcomed me with genuine kindness as well as the strong reputation of the university. What experiences and/or involvement on campus have had a significant impact on you and how has this helped your development as a student and leader? My involvement with the Black Engineers Association (BEA) has truly made an impact on my time here at UC Davis. Our mission statement highlights the need for Black students graduating with degrees in the STEM fields and impacting our community in a positive way. Being a part of an organization such as this is a constant motivator for me to earn my college degree in engineering and be a leader in my community.


The Linda Frances Alexander Scholars summer program was my first experience on campus. It laid the foundation for me as an incoming transfer student. The leaders’, staff members’ and guest speakers’ commitment and support inspired me. Ending the program with the libation ceremonial service led by Dr. Evans and her husband, Pastor Evans, had a lasting impression. These experiences encouraged my sense of belonging at UC Davis. I realized that nothing would get in the way of my education, not even myself. I was grateful to have family on campus that would love and support me. What advice would you give incoming students? If you have made it thus far, know that you are where you’re supposed to be. Take ownership of your education and remember you are not alone. Make connections with other students and faculty. Consider majoring or minoring in African American and African Studies. Dionica Bell is an amazing advisor and genuinely cares about the success of her students. I leave you with this quote Kayton Carter shared with me, “Be patient with the young, compassionate with the aged and tolerant with the weak. For in your life, you will be all of these.”



These support services provide alternative, money-saving ways to acquire textbooks, computers and groceries to fuel your academic success.

With a campus as large as UC Davis, these campus safety resources ensure a protected and secure environment for all students, staff and faculty.

• Aggie Food Connection

• Aggie Guardian

• Cal Fresh

• Computer Loan forms/computers.html

• Fruit & Veggie Up! fruit-and-veggie-up

• The Pantry

• We Are Aggie Pride (WAAP)

• Center for Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE)

• Fire Department

• Police Department

• Safe Party

• Safe Rides campus_security/safe_rides.html

• Tipsy Taxi

African American and African Studies

Students in the African American and African Studies major explore ways in which socio-political and economic factors, as well as the arts and literature, have shaped the experiences of people of African descent. It is an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities, arts and social sciences that emphasizes courses on both the African American experience in America and the African diaspora experience. Students will learn and appreciate more fully the history and culture of the people who make up our American nation and the world community and begin to understand where neglect and misrepresentation have led to the development of ethnic stereotypes. 19


Wale Adebanwi

Professor 2225 Hart Hall

Halifu Osumare

Milmon F. Harrison

Elisa Joy White

Laurie Lambert

John O. Stewart

Aklil Bekele

Dionica Bell

Senior Lecturer 2229 Hart Hall

Assistant Professor 2207 Hart Hall


Associate Professor 2209 Hart Hall

Moradewun Adejunmobi Professor 2143 Hart Hall


Bettina Ng’weno

Program Coordinator 530-752-1548 2205 Hart Hall

Professor Emerita

Associate Professor 2227 Hart Hall

Professor Emeritus

Student Affairs Officer 530-754-9581




Left to right: Esperanz Fuentes Aguilera, Laurence Paulite, Ellen Sanders-Raigosa, Nathalie Schrans, Tara Saghir

Left to right: Alexander Park, Melanie Zelaya, Jie Song, Jessica Lam, Casey Tsen, Jay Gelvezon, Nicole Sullivan

Not pictured: Zareen Nayyar, Rajat Paul

Students from the UC Davis community centers volunteered their time to participate in the student editorial board. As members of this board, they provided guidance for content development, design, photos and student profiles.

The Student Affairs Marketing and Communications student designers and photographers collaborated on the graphic design of The Black Pages and fashioned it into what it is now. With guidance from the student editorial board, the student designers produced a unique design tailored to the needs of the African diaspora community. The creative team hopes you enjoy the aesthetic experience of the guide and use the guide as a resource for your life at UC Davis.




The Black Pages: The African Diaspora Student Experience  
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