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See yourself as a member of the UC Davis family? We do. Learn about some of the programs and resources offered by the African American and African community:

Programs Focused on the African American and African Experiences

  • The African American and African Living-Learning Community is open to freshmen of all ethnicities who are interested in exploring cultures of the African diaspora. This living-learning community is a wonderful way for first-year students to transition to university life and develop a rich connection with the campus African American and African community. Throughout the year, residents work together with professional staff to host events and programs highlighting African American and African experiences.
     
  • The African American and African Studies major explores the ways in which the experience for people of African descent has been shaped by socio-political and economic factors, and the aesthetic dimensions of the experience as expressed in the arts and literature. Students in this major take a variety of courses focused on the African‑American experience in the U.S., and the African diasporic experience. A minor or double-major in this field can enhance your primary academic focus and increase your marketable skills upon graduation.
     
  • The 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.
     
  • The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) coordinates a variety of programs focused on supporting and promoting our campus cultural communities. Some of these efforts focused on the African diaspora include: African Diaspora Cultivating Education, a mentorship program; the annual Black Leadership Retreat; and planning assistance for the University of California's Afrikan Black Coalition conference.
     
  • The Center for African Diaspora Student Success is a space for African and African American students to engage together in all aspects of life on campus. The center provides academic and professional advising, tutoring, faculty mentors, a sense of community, networking events, leadership development and more.

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Events

Fall

  • Fall Welcome is an annual event when students, staff and faculty come together to welcome all incoming freshmen, transfer and graduate students. These events are a great way for new students to get to know our campus communities at the start of their UC Davis careers!
     
  • The Black Leadership Retreat is an intensive retreat in which participants develop and enhance leadership abilities, learn new skills necessary for successful leadership, practice skills with hands-on activities and situations, network with other student leaders and organizations, discuss Black community concerns and plan activities for the upcoming year in breakout sessions. Contact the Student Recruitment and Retention Center for more information.

Winter

  • Black Convocation is held annually, offering a culturally supportive community to guide students of African descent toward academic excellence and a quality college experience.
     
  • Black History Month is celebrated with a variety of campus events that promote and educate the community about the African diaspora, highlighting the extraordinary achievements of and societal contributions by people of African descent.

Spring

  • Black Family Day is held annually and celebrates the African diaspora.
     
  • Black Graduation Celebration is a commemoration for UC Davis students of African descent to celebrate the completion of an important milestone with our campus community. In addition to attending the commencement ceremony for their particular college, students of African descent are invited to participate in the Black Graduation Celebration enabling them to share this experience with many of their family members and friends.
     
  • The Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) comprises the nine University of California undergraduate campuses and was created by students who felt that many of the issues they were facing on their campus were the same at all UC campuses. ABC works to provide a stable support network through outreach, conferences and collective actions.

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Online Communities

Campus Resources

Please check the "Campus Resources" sidebar on the Multicultural Resources page for additional listings.

 

Spiritual Resources

 

Campus Contacts

  • Dionica Bell, 530-754-9581, student affairs officer, African American and African Studies
     
  • Kayton Carter, 530-752-9732, director of the Center for African Diaspora Student Success