For more than 30 years, the African American Cultural Center (AACC) has served as
an "oasis of cultural wealth" by providing programming and resources that allowed
students, faculty, staff and visitors the opportunity to delve into the rich history,
folkways, contributions and issues surrounding African American life.
In 2007, the AACC along with several other diversity related units were clustered
to form the CSD and the AACC was revamped into the AASD. Our primary goal is to aid
in the recruitment, retention and development of students of African and African American
descent and heritage and to assist the university in creating a more welcoming and
inclusive environment across campus. The CSD is a place of inclusion that prides itself
on being a catalyst for interaction and discourse.
Programs and Activities
Black Student Leadership Conference
The Black Student Leadership Conference focuses on highlighting community members who have followed a personal passion and
or realized a professional dream. Attendees will learn how to acknowledge challenges,
build resiliency and empower themselves as current and aspiring student leaders of
color to use their talents and abilities to serve their communities.
Sankofa is a symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird
with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance
of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present
to make positive progress. Given this context, Sankofa is a discussion space where
folks discuss issues impacting communities representing the African Diaspora. Mark
your calendars and join the conversations!
Sankofa Book Club
This semester, students will unpack Brittany Cooper’s The Crunk Feminist Collection is relevant, real conversations about how race and gender politics intersect with
pop culture and current events. The essays foster dialogue about activist methods,
intersectionality and sisterhood. To ensure community is built and maintained in the
space, you must be willing to commit for the entire semester. Sessions will occur
on Mondays, 4 to 5 PM beginning February 8. Books will be provided to the first 10 confirmed registrations.
Space is limited!!!
Registration is Now Closed
Think Before You Speak: An Oratorical Contest
An oratorical contest is an opportunity to gain experience with public speaking while
competing for a prize, gift, scholarship etc. Participants will share their interpretation
of the selected theme.
Every year the CSD hosts Ebony Celebration, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate graduating seniors. This year’s celebration
will take place virtually on Sunday, May 16th 11 AM to 1 PM.