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"We are deeply committed to the success of historically underrepresented students. Our goal is to assist as many students as possible to achieve the highest level of education possible."


Asian Pacific Islander Middle Eastern Desi American

Cross-Cultural Center

Intertribal Resource Center

LGBT Resource Center

Student Veterans Resource Center

Undocumented Student Services

Women's Center

Namaste Day

Black Girl Magic Taste of Africa

Porsia Curry

Director Black Resource Center Class of 2008

Go with the Fro Day


2nd year, Psychology Palmdale, CA If it was not for the Black Resource Center, I would be lost on this campus. It has provided me with many opportunities including a mentor, an internship and lots of food. The BRC has ensured that I am sustained in every aspect on this campus. The atmosphere of the center is positive and welcoming and the professional staff play a key role in creating that vibe.


1st year, Global Health Los Angeles, CA My favorite place to hang out is the Black Resource Center because it is welcoming and a safe environment for me to sleep, study, relax and just hang out with other Black students. If I have a problem, I know I can got to the BRC to get comfort, back up or even advice.

What’s your favorite BRC event?

PreMed info night

U STUDY ABROAD workshops

BBQ on Sungod Lawn Karaoke Night Cosmic bowling and skate night

Black History Month night with Athletics

Makeba Jones

Assistant Teaching Professor, Education Studies B.A. Sociology, B.A. Anthropology, UC San Diego Ph.D. Education, UCLA UC San Diego is a cutting-edge university. There are amazing innovations coming from engineering and the biological sciences. The social sciences and humanities faculty are some of the top scholars in their fields. Opportunities for internships and research experiences are readily available for undergraduates, as well as programs to study abroad. As an alumna, what I valued the most was my exposure to so many diverse points of view in the social sciences.


Academic Internship Program African Studies Minor African American Studies Minor Chicano/a-Latino/a Arts & Humanities Minor • Community Law Project • Critical Gender Studies • Dimensions of Culture: Diversity, Justice and Imagination

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Ethnic Studies Health Care–Social Issues Program Human Rights Minor International Studies Law and Society Program Partners-at-Learning Program Public Service Minor Morehouse & Spelman Exchange Programs UC San Diego in Washington DC


1st year, Ethnic Studies Hayward, CA My favorite thing about San Diego is that it's not the Bay Area, but it’s also not Los Angeles. So it’s like I’m living in a whole different California that I didn’t know about. The difference in culture is really eye-opening to me.


2nd year, Political Science—Public Policy Sacramento, CA The African American Studies Minor (AASM) has been a determining factor in developing my mission to pursue education equity now and in my career to come. The support of the advisor and professors has been unending and has opened doors of opportunity that have helped me confirm my passions and secure professional relations. The AASM community has certainly added flavor to my college experience and fueled my passions in ways I haven't received anywhere else. I definitely recommend getting involved, it's so much more than a minor!


3rd year, Communications Hayward, CA I chose UC San Diego because there are not a lot of distractions around campus, but it isn't hard to find a good time or good people. I also like how cool and supportive the Black students are.


4th year, Ethnic Studies Sacramento, CA The best part about San Diego is being able to find a home within the black community. Without them I don’t think I would have made it this far within my academic career. Throughout my journey here, I have been able to learn about myself, grow and explore many things that have shaped my understanding of the world around me.


3rd year, Communications San Diego, CA UC San Diego has definitely taught me how to be my own person and how to get things done for myself. I think this school has also taught me how to advocate for myself and get the resources I need to succeed.


4th year, Dance Los Angeles, CA I initially came in with a major I did not like, but sounded "smart." After attending freshman convocation and hearing the keynote speaker say, "Do what you love and the money will find you." I decided to switch over to my passion of dance, whether or not people agreed with it. At the end of the day, my happiness with my major is the only opinion that matters.


4th year, Human Development Victorville, CA I've been involved with the Black Student Union since my first year at UC San Diego and now, in my fourth year, I'm on the executive board as one of the retention co-coordinators and the SPACES BSU SEMPORA Retention Coordinator. I'm also involved with the Pre-Dental Society on campus. Both organizations are important to me. BSU helped me find people that understand my experiences and taught me a whole lot about issues that affect Black students and Black people across the diaspora. Being involved with the Pre-Dental Society helped me develop my career goals and gain more experience within the field of dentistry, and it has allowed me to have a role in taking care of the San Diego community.



• African Student Association

• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

• Black Campus Ministry

• Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

• Black Graduate Student Association

• Muslim Student Association

• Black Staff Association

• National Society of Black Engineers

• Black Student Union

• Queer People of Color

• Christian Youth United for the

• Student Affirmative Action Committee

Advancement of Gospel

• Ujima Network


3rd year, Human Development Escondido, CA I am heavily involved in the African Student Association (ASA). This organization is really important to me because, ever since my first year, ASA has made me feel comfortable to express my Congoleseness/African-ness. Things like laughing about funny things that our African parents say and reminiscing about how a good majority of us were never able to sleep over at our school friend's house are always communal experiences that folks from ASA tend to understand and relate to the most.


4th year, Communications San Francisco, CA I am the Vice President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Of all the organizations and teams I have been a part of during my time in college, this is the most important to me. The work we do is really meaningful and the fun we have is the best reward.

What’s your advice to incoming students? NAYLANI

2nd year, Global Health Oakland, CA Don't doubt yourself so much. Growth, in all different scopes, and growth that you can actually see takes time and practice. Also, don't let school take over your sense of self. Go out and reward yourself on occasion because this is the time to actually find who YOU want to be, not what you think everybody else wants you to be.


3rd year, Ethnic Studies San Diego, CA Use the resources that the university has to offer and network. You never know what you can gain just by saying hello!


1st year, Human Biology Compton, CA Take care of yourself! I've learned that college is about finding a balance between academics and social life. Remember why you're at college, but also take the time to have fun and de-stress. People tend to forget self-care but DON'T let that be YOU!



The Student Promoted Access Center for Education and Service (SPACES) values the power of student-initiated action through collaboration across communities and student activism. Through SPACES, students are open to many leadership opportunities, including paid and volunteer positions.

The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) provides free tutoring in a collaborative, supportive environment. Peer mentors and counselors are also available to support students through academic and personal struggles.

ALUMNI Dante Paul, Class of 2015 Law Student Political Science major African American Studies minor

As an alumnus, I have maintained strong and organic bonds with many alumni and I am truly grateful for their support and encouragement. Now I am a Program Coordinator at Grossmont Community College and will be attending Law school in the fall. I am thankful for my time at UC San Diego because this community empowered me to be unapologetic about my confidence, ambition, and blackness ...Class of 2015 stand up!

SPOTLIGHT Triton Alumni

ALUMNI Fnann Keflezighi, Class of 2011

Assistant Director of Residential Life, Thurgood Marshall College Comparative Ethnic Studies major

I found my passions through my experiences on campus, and was able to get early unique experiences and opportunities that have opened countless doors for me! Since graduating I have worked at the university coordinating a STEM College opportunity grant for local first-generation, low-income students who have college-going dreams.


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We are deeply committed to the success of historically underrepresented students. Our goal is to assist as many students as possible to achi...

Black Life 18  

We are deeply committed to the success of historically underrepresented students. Our goal is to assist as many students as possible to achi...