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Black Excellence Month

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 2021 THEME: "...on Purpose!" Join us for the various events happening as we celebrate Black excellence...on purpose! All events to be held in the Black Student Center Virtual Zoom Space ( unless otherwise noted. 

BEM 2021 Opening Ceremony

Monday, Feb. 1, 2021
12:00 PM 

Our celebration begins with words of welcome and reflections from members of the campus community.

Pan African Flag


BSC Unity Hour: 

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 
12:00 PM

CNN writer John Blake, in a recent article wrote, "Last year was a rough one for most Black people. We watched videos of Black men being brutalized or killed and read about Black women fatally shot in their homes by police. We've watched a pandemic devastate our community. At times I, too, have felt exhausted by what one writer calls 'the relentlessness of Black grief.' But ...I had almost forgotten: There is a Blackness that exists outside of trauma."

The staff of the BSC will lead a discussion and celebration of Trauma-Free Blackness. All are welcomed to join us!


Trauma-Free Blackness Collage



The Point & Power of PURPOSE

Pt. 1: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 
Pt. 2: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021
5:30 PM

The Point & Power of Purpose is a two-part interactive workshop that guides students through a process of self-discovery that leaves them with a greater understanding of who they are, what they believe, and how they desire to contribute to the larger community by showing up authentically as themselves and using their gifts to work in their areas of passion. This workshop will be facilitated by Kristin D. Hemingway, a much sought-after speaker and trainer from Detroit, MI, now residing in Atlanta, GA.

Registration for Part 1:

Registration for Part 2:

Kristin D. Hemingway, Workshop Presenter


CARNAVAL! Sponsored by the Latin@/x Center 

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, 6:00 PM
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Our friends in the Latin@/x Center bring Carnaval to CSUSM, once again! This year, the event will highlight Afro-indigenous roots and traditions from Brazil. Join the party with an evening of music, virtual games, performances, and giveaways! 

Carnaval 2021 Flyer


Living in Purpose: A Conversation with filmmaker
B. Anthony

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 12:00 PM

This is celebration of purpose, DC-based filmmaker B. Anthony (Bryan Smith) will join us to share his journey in finding and living his purpose. Hear how he went from being a film fan to becoming a filmmaker. B. Anthony will also screen his third film, "My Empty Space" with our audience.

DC-based filmmaker B. Anthony


Step-ish 2: NPHC Step Show

Friday, February 26, 2021 5:00 PM

Our formal celebration of Black Excellence ends with CSUSM's Step Show, featuring organizations from the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), commonly known as the Divine 9 Fraternities & Sororities. We are honored to welcome special guest performers STEP AFRIKA! from Washington, DC, the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping.

This event is brought to you by the Black Student Center, Tukwut Life, Student Life & Leadership, the Black Student Union, and the campus chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Register for this FREE event at



Step Afrika!



MONDAY 2/22: DASHIKI DAY Keeping this traditon alive, even virtually!

TUESDAY 2/23: BSC 4TH BIRTHDAY/BLACKOUT DAY  Wear all Black and join us in the BSC Zoom Space at during U-Hour (12-1PM) for a community Zoom photo. 

WEDNESDAY 2/24: WEAR YOUR CROWN In honor of the C.R.O.W.N. Act, show off your hair! 

THURSDAY 2/25: REP YOUR CULTURE Are you from the Motherland? The Islands? Trace your roots to the U.S. or elsewhere? No matter whar, show off your culture and share your view!

FRIDAY 2/26: SPORT YOUR FAVORITE KICKS AND DIVINE 9 APPRECIATION DAY Show us your favorite shoes! And we will celebrate our Historically Black Fraternities & Sororities! Members, wear your para!



  • Thursday, Feb. 4, 12pm: Gender & Power Based Harm Round Table: The Black Community  (Collaboration with Student Health and Counseling Services) Register Here:
  • Monday, Feb. 8, 12pm: Black History Kahoot (Sponsored by the Tau Lambda Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. )
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 12pm: Black Student Union Meeting
  • Friday, Feb. 12, 5pm: Black Excellence Month Jeopardy
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 12pm: BSC Unity Hour - Redefining Black Love
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, 2:30pm: Veteran Voices (Collaboration w/ ASI & Veterans Services)
  • Monday, Feb. 22, 12pm: Hair Care: Let's talk about Hair (Sponsored by the Tau Lambda Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. )
  • Monday, Feb. 22: BSU Mindfulness Monday - YOGA
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 12pm: Black Student Union Meeting