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Black Excellence Month

2022 THEME: "We Are Here: The Power of Voice and Visibility" 

Join us for the various events happening as we celebrate Black excellence and the 5th Anniversary of the Black Student Center!  All virtual events to be held in the Black Student Center Virtual Zoom Space unless otherwise noted. 

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BEM 2022 Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2021
12:00 PM 

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

Black Student Center Virtual Zoom Space



Pan African Flag


Unity Hour: Black Excellence Resource Fair

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022
CSUSM Arcade

The Black Excellence Resource Fair is a formal introduction of the many resources and initiatives available to the CSUSM Black Student Community. The resource fair will allow students and faculty/staff to network and establish connections with the Black clubs, organizations and initiatives at CSUSM. 

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BSU Black Hair Show

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
USU Ballroom

The Black Hair Show is a perfect opportunity for stylists to come out and educate other members of the Black community on the techniques of creating hairstyles for various Black hair types. Stylists will provide different hair product suggestions that the audience can use on natural or protective hair styles. This event is a great way to promote Black excellence from the aspect of hair and that all Black hair is exceptional and beautiful in its own way!

Kristin D. Hemingway, Workshop Presenter


In My Own Words: What My Black Excellence Looks Like

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, 6:00PM
Black Student Center

Join us in the Black Student Center for a discussion about the diverse ways we all celebrate Black Excellence Month. This event will be panel-style, in which Black identifying individuals with diverse backgrounds and other intersecting identities will be talking about how they celebrate, and the significance of Black Excellence Month to them.

Carnaval 2021 Flyer


Circle of Sisters Brotherhood Alliance Collaboration

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022
Black Student Center

Join the Circle of Sisters and Brotherhood Alliance groups in a healthy conversation on Black Love and friendships and how these groups show up for and support one another.

DC-based filmmaker B. Anthony


Black Student Center 5th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium

Saturday, February 26, 2022 10:00 AM
USU Ballroom

The BSC is turning 5! Join us as we celebrate with the CSUSM community and witness the unveiling of the much-anticipated Black Student Center Oral History Project, and welcome all of the new partnerships that the unversity will be establishing with other community members!



  • Tuesday, Feb. 15, 12pm: Lead Like Beyoncé
    A collaboration between the Tukwut Leadership Circle and The Black Student Center
  • Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1pm: A Discussion on Black-Fishing
    Co-hosted by The Gender Equity Center and the  Black Student CenterBlack Student Center Virtual Zoom Space
  • Read a Black Book by a Black Author This Month!
    Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth by reading books by black authors. The #CSUSMLibrary is offering access to ebooks by Ibram X. Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, and Layla F. Saad. Swipe right and scan the QR code. CSUSM username and password required.  #BlackExcellence
  • CSUSM Library BLM Book Guide
  • Monday, Feb. 28, 4pm: Dance Studies Presents:  Into the Queen Street EP with Aisha NoirIn this talk, Aísha Noir will present her journey and development as Black Trans Femme artist working collaboratively to create an in-process EP in the Pacific Northwest. Starting as an educator, through dance and choreography, into film, and becoming a recording artist, she will give attendees an in-depth look at the struggles and triumphs of making music videos, and surviving as an creative during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Queen Street EP is deeply connected to survivance during the pandemic, from the first formulations in 2019, and what sounds, music, and creative work now comes out of connectivity and networking between Black Women, and Black Non-Binary, Queer, Trans Femme artists and allies. Aísha Noir, though illuminating the values of pouring her authentic self into this project, will share with us, how music and dance in creating this EP formed, and now continues a community process of growth. She, in her process as director and muse, brings us along to walk the Queen Street together. 
    Virtual, (pre-registration is required)
  • Friday, Mar. 4, 6pm: Carnaval: A Collaboration with the CSUSM Latin@x Center
    USU Ballroom