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HBCU Exchange Program

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Exchange Pilot Program

The Office of Inclusive Excellence at California State University San Marcos is inviting both faculty and student applicants to participate in the Fall 2021 semester CSUSM – HBCU Exchange Program.  We are seeking to establish discipline-related cohorts to develop academic and community engaged relationships with Historically Black Colleges & Universities.  The cohort is made up of one faculty and 1-2 students from CSUSM and a faculty and student from the same academic discipline from an HBCU.  

 The goals of the CSUSM-HBCU Exchange Program are: 

  • 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 both the CSUSM and HBCU campus 
  • To increase the presence and exposure of African American faculty on the CSUSM campus 
  • To develop a community of scholars with a focus on developing research on pedagogy for teaching social justice across-disciplines. 


The CSUSM-HBCU Exchange Program will provide both students and faculty an opportunity to practiceboth quantitative and qualitative research methods in a real-world environment, and in a cultural environment different than their own campus community.  Activities will include teaching and mentoring by faculty and directed research by students of the cohort.  The directed research will be based upon topics related to the faculties’ expertise and research agenda.  Each Exchange cohort will give public presentations (e.g., lectures, talks, performances) in their counterparts’ campus community.  In addition to direct benefits for the students, each faculty participant will be engaging in a project that combines teaching, research and service to the university community.  Faculty Mentor Stipend: $2000. Student Scholarship: $500 

Application ProcessDeadline  (Open until filled)

  • Faculty: Submit a statement of interest that includes a brief description of your research agenda, discipline and faculty level (lecturer, assistant, associate or full professor). 
  • Student: Submit a statement of interest to include your major and class status (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. 

For additional information contact : 

Dr. Mtafiti Imara
Coordinator, CSUSM-HBCU Exchange Program

Dr. Ranjeeta Basu

Interim Chief Diversity Officer


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 Note: The pilot project initiated during AY 2020-21 included cohorts from CSUSM faculty and students from Clark Atlanta University, Bowie State University and North Carolina A & T State University – in the disciplines of Music, Communications, Business and Political Science.  

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