Leadership & Community Development ~
» The "Each One Reach One" Mentoring Program
Carroll S. F. Hardy National Black Student Leadership Conference: Each January the CBC escorts a group of student leaders to this national conference. The conference features various speakers, leadership workshops and networking opportunities. This experience motivates students to return to campus and lead by example.
Sister 2 Sister Discussion Group: Using Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Women poem as a base, undergraduate black women involved with Sister 2 Sister are encouraged to explore and discuss issues that impact their daily lives. We encourage them to embrace truth as a vehicle towards self acceptance, building and maintaining strong relationships, setting realistic and obtainable goals while believing all things are possible, and achieving academic and personal excellence. The group meets bimonthly and incorporates real talk, field trips, and guest speakers.
Summer Leadership Retreat: This two day retreat is an opportunity for students to hone their leadership skills while building relationships with other leaders on campus. The retreat features various workshops and teambuilding opportunities, including ropes courses.
Alternative Spring Break: Students are given an opportunity to participate in a large-scale community service project and learn about some aspect of Black history. The goal is to travel somewhere new each year.
Homecoming/Alumni Picnic: Each year black alumni along with current students are invited to a picnic following the football game.
Kwanzaa: Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. It is a time of reaffirming African American people, their ancestors and culture. Since its founding in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa has come to be observed by more than 18 million people worldwide.
We celebrate Kwanzaa the first week of December with a feast, speaker and various cultural performances.
African Consciousness Celebration: Beginning in February which is Black History Month, and running through March, the Center sponsors a variety of cultural and educational programs to educate the University and surrounding communities about the black experience in America. Some of the speakers/performers featured include: Donna Brazile, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Tavis Smiley, Duke Ellington Show Choir, Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Juan Williams, Kevin Powell, Calvin Mackie and Universal African Dance Ensemble.
Black Arts Festival: April is Black Arts Festival and the talents of university students are illustrated by their participation in the NPHC Richard "Dick" Wilson Step Show, the Dark Arts Dance Performance, Gospelrama and CPAB's Spring Concert. The Festival also features bus trips and recognizes the accomplishments of blacks on a national level. Nikki Giovanni (Poet), John Singleton (filmmaker), Paul R. Jones (Art Collector) are among those who have participated.
Student Recognition ~
CBC/BLC Awards Program: At the conclusion of each academic year in May, the Center and BLC organizations recognize and honor the achievements of student leaders on campus. The Center awards original hand crafted artifacts from Ghana in place of plaques. For more information about the awards offered and the nomination process, please visit
Kente Stole Ceremony: The evening before commencement the Black Student Union and the Center for Black Culture provide graduating seniors and their families with a forum to celebrate the extraordinary milestone of college graduation.