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Historically Black Colleges & Universities Exchange Pilot Program

Spring '24 Celebration of Black Excellence

The 4th annual CSUSM-HBCU Exchange Program's student collaborative research presentation showcase will be held on April 23, 2024 between both faculty and students from CSUSM as well as Texas Southern Univeristy.

Texas Southern University Faculty Members

Dr. Zantel Nichols, Assistant Professor in Communication Studies
Dr. Morgan Kirby, Assistant Professor Journalism

Texas Southern University Student Participants

Erika Jamison
Precious Johnson

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Faculty Members

Dr. Allison Monterrosa, Assistant Professor in Sociology
Dr. Elvis Nshom, Assistant Professor in Communication
Dr. Gloria Pindi Nziba, Associate Professor in Communication

CSUSM Student Participants

Anissa Florie
Daniel Bennett

Watch the 2023 event recording!

For any question, please contact Gloria Pindi at

CSUSM-HBCU Exchange Program Goals

  • To engage in undergraduate research, teaching and mentoring as a high-impact practice
  • To foster retention and academic excellence amongst African American students
  • To foster retention and professional development of Black faculty on the CSUSM campus
  • To increase the presence of African American faculty on the CSUSM campus
  • To establish a network of African American faculty (TT and Lecturer); and
  • To develop a community of scholars with a focus on developing research on pedagogy for teaching social justice across-disciplines.


The CSUSM-HBCU Exchange Project will provide students an opportunity to work with faculty-mentors and practice both quantitative and qualitative research methods in a real-world environment, and in a cultural environment different than their own campus community. Activities will include mentoring by faculty and directed research by students of the cohort.  The directed research topic is related to Communication and Marketing. The Exchange cohort will give public presentations (for example: lectures, talks, performances) in their counterparts’ campus community.