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BSC in the News

Check out these recent articles about the Black Student Center and our community in the News!

New Cal State San Marcos initiative will dig deeper to recruit Black students

San Diego Union Tribune, February 22, 2022

When Dre Biddle first arrived on campus at Cal State San Marcos three years ago, he admits he felt uncomfortable as one of the only Black students in his classes.

But he quickly found a community in the university’s Black Student Center, where he is a peer coordinator and has founded his own group, the Black Psychology Student Association. Today, the 20-year-old Biddle is so proud of how the CSUSM faculty and staff have supported and encouraged him, he has gone back several times to his alma mater, Da Vinci Design charter high school in El Segundo, to recruit more Black students to the university...


Black Student Center, Library Team Up for Oral History Project

CSUSM NewsCenter, February 21, 2022

The sharing of our history evolved from cave drawings to eventual oral stories passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation.

So when Cal State San Marcos’ Black Student Center decided to team up with the library special collections group for a retrospective on its five-year history, the consensus was to share stories and experiences orally...


Black Student Center Director Guided by Principle of Ujamaa

CSUSM NewsCenter, February 9, 2022

When John Rawlins III set out last fall to create an achievement program for Cal State San Marcos’ Black Student Center, of which he’s the director, he knew just where to turn for inspiration. 


It might not roll off the tongue, but that word has served as Rawlins’ guiding light for most of his adult life. It’s a term from the East African language of Kiswahili and one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Literally, it translates to “familyhood.” To Rawlins, it means the process of working together as an extended family to build and maintain a cohesive community...


Black Student Center to Turn 5 During Black Excellence Month

CSUSM NewsCenter, January 31, 2022

In the United States, February is Black History Month. At Cal State San Marcos, it’s Black Excellence Month.  

For John W. Rawlins III, director of the Black Student Center, the difference is more than semantics. It signifies that Black history should be recognized all year long, while February is reserved for a celebration of Black excellence and achievements...

Grand Opening of the BSC (2017)

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CSUSM News: BSC to turn 5