The mission of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) is to create an Afrocentric, holistic learning environment, for academic, social and professional development, and civic engagement for all members of the USC community. CBCSA strives to develop an environment that encourages the intellectual, professional, as well as social and cultural growth of Black students entering and completing degree programs. The five major areas of focus include: Cultural and Community Awareness; Leadership; Professional Development; Social Enrichment; and Retention.
Alternative Spring Break: The Civil Rights Movement
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This powerful week-long trip takes a group of USC students on an exciting adventure throughout the south during Spring Break (March 2017). Students take part in group outings to historic sites that played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement. This trip also provides the students with a unique opportunity to contribute to the community by assisting with a service project. Projects in the past have included Habitat for Humanity, School Immersions and with the Equal Justice Initiative. Please contact the CBCSA for more information on this great opportunity.
HBCU Exchange Program
Information sessions will be held in the fall and spring semester. Please contact CBCSA for additional information.
The HBCU Exchange Program allows students to experience college life at a historically black college or university and to examine academic and cultural themes within the framework of a different educational system. Students will explore the distinctive opportunities offered by a HBCU while further exploring the diversity of the black community in a unique and supportive environment. This program is open to undergraduate students only. Participating universities include Howard University, Spelman College and Dillard University.
Pre-College and Community College Outreach
The Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs is committed to providing visiting students with insight into college life, encouraging them to pursue higher education despite current and foreseeable obstacles. Targeting students as early as 4th grade through community college level, participants typically take a university tour followed by a presentation headed by one or more students participating in our CBCSA Student Ambassadors. Most presentations include a panel of USC’s African-American students of diverse backgrounds who share their rich and varied college experiences. The panel concludes with answering any questions that visiting students may have concerning college life. This outreach program serves as another vehicle for USC students to give back to the community while enhancing their experience at USC.
Real Talk Series
Weekly series that takes place in the center encourages dialogue on hot button issues affecting the Black community. Past topics have included colorism, interracial dating, natural hair vs. relaxed hair and mental health in the Black community.
Somerville Place Residential Community
Somerville Place is a residential community established in 1995 named after John and Vada Somerville, the first black dentist to graduate from USC. This community creates an environment where academic success, leadership, self-direction, and personal growth are nurtured by successfully transitioning first-year students into university life. This successful transition allows residents to excel academically and emerge as campus leaders. Somerville Place also aims to foster an understanding and respect for black culture, while cultivating a sense of family and community. Click here for additional information about this special interest community.
Somerville Place Overnight Experience (Spring & Fall)
Somerville Place offers high school seniors and admitted students the opportunity to experience life at USC by allowing students to spend the night on campus. High school seniors and admitted students will interact with current USC students as well as participate in campus activities. Visit the homepage of the website for additional information.
Think Tank: Social Justice Series
Think Tank is an interactive program that inspires students to take action against issues affecting marginalized communities. It exposes students to various disciplines to discuss issues affecting the Black community.
Worship and Fellowship Series
With spirituality and religion being an integral part of African American culture, this program serves as an opportunity to expose students to various churches and religious groups in the Los Angeles area. Many churches in the Los Angeles area have been active in the community for decades. This program allows students to learn about the local community as well as ways in which they can give back to the local community.
Black Welcome Week: August 26 –September 11, 2016
Black Welcome Week is a collaborative effort between CBCSA, the Black Student Assembly (BSA), and black student organizations aimed to introduce new and returning students to the multiple and diverse cultural events and opportunities that are part of the Trojan experience. Activities range from engaging students in civic and community involvement to indulging in cultural foods while socializing with students, faculty and staff. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to engage in this Trojan family tradition.
Black Family Weekend: October 6-9, 2016
Held in conjunction with USC’s Trojan Family Weekend, CBCSA and the Black Student Assembly invite students and their parents to an annual Soul Food Dinner on Friday evening, a Family Tailgate on Saturday and Worship Service and Brunch on Sunday. Students, family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend. Please visit the CBCSA website as well as the Trojan Family weekend website for a complete list of all Family Weekend events.
African American Recognition Dinner & Cultural Celebration: May 8-11, 2017
Bridging our past with our present, this annual celebration serves as traditional rites of passage that recognizes and affirms students of African descent who have completed a rigorous journey through academia at USC. This largely attended and highly anticipated celebration unites students, families, and friends through culture and achievement. The recognition dinner and ceremony are traditionally held on the week of USC commencement, honoring undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.
Black History Month: February, 2017
Black History Month serves to promote, preserve, interpret and disseminate information to the university community about life, history and culture of descendants of the African Diaspora. CBCSA and the Black Student Assembly collaborate create a comprehensive calendar of events sponsored by various USC departments and student organizations.
Project ReMix is an interactive program that explores the intersectionality of identities of students from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. In order to create a culture of inclusion, Project ReMix educates, engages, and empowers participants to understand how the complexity of their identities are linked to issues of social justice.
It introduces students who might not otherwise seek out the specific cultural centers for resources and support. The program partners with Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) and El Centro Chicano (ECC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (LGBT).
This program partners with the LGBT Resource Center to create opportunities to discuss the intersectionality between being Black and LGBTQ.
Legacy Through Leadership Mentoring Program
This program partners with the USC Black Alumni Association to provide opportunities for all Black students to be mentored by Black USC alumni. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for program participation details for mentors and mentees.
CBCSA distributes a weekly e-newsletter that includes information about upcoming CBCSA and USC programs, internships, job opportunities and more! Stay connected to CBCSA by signing up for the e-newsletter here!
Students are able to schedule appointments and drop in to speak to CBCSA Professional Staff members about academic, personal and career related issues.
Computer and Printer Access
CBCSA offers complimentary printing, scanning and faxing for students that utilize the center.