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The mission of the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) is to create an Afrocentric, holistic learning environment, for academic, social and professional development, and civic engagement for all members of the USC community. CBCSA strives to develop an environment that encourages the intellectual, professional, as well as social and cultural growth of Black students entering and completing degree programs. The five major areas of focus include: Cultural and Community Awareness; Leadership; Professional Development; Social Enrichment; and Retention.


Alternative Spring Break: Civil Rights Movement

Application submission deadline: November 2015

This powerful week-long trip takes a group of USC students on an exciting adventure throughout the rural south during Spring Break (March 2016). The students take part in group outings to historic sites that played a crucial role in the Civil Rights Movement. This trip also provides the students with a unique opportunity to contribute to the community by helping to build a house with Habitat for Humanity Montgomery for a family in need. Please contact the CBCSA for more information on this great opportunity.


HBCU Exchange Program

Information session will be held on September 24th, 2015

Applications Coming Soon!

The HBCU Exchange Program allows students to experience college life at a historically black college or university and to examine academic and cultural themes within the framework of a different educational system. Students will explore the distinctive opportunities offered by a HBCU while further exploring the diversity of the black community in a unique and supportive environment.

  • Students will examine and identify the unique qualities of a HBCU college experience
  • Students will be able to articulate and apply different academic models acquired through the exchange institution to what they have and will learn at USC
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast cultural themes at a HBCU to those explored at USC
  • Students will be able to articulate characteristics that make the black community a diverse a community
  • Students are encouraged to integrate their experiences at the HBCU upon their return to USC


Somerville Place

Somerville Place is a residential community established in 1995 named after John and Vada Somerville. This community creates an environment where academic success, leadership, self-direction, and personal growth are nurtured by successfully transitioning first-year students into university life. This successful transition allows residents to excel academically and emerge as campus leaders. Somerville Place also aims to foster an understanding and respect for black culture, while cultivating a sense of family and community


Somerville Place Overnight Experience (Spring & Fall)

Somerville Place offers high school seniors and admitted students the opportunity to experience life at USC by allowing students to spend the night on campus. High school seniors and admitted students will interact with current USC students as well as participate in campus activities.


Think Tank: Social Justice Series

Think Tank is an interactive program that inspires students to take action against issues affecting marginalized communities. It exposes students to various disciplines to discuss issues affecting the Black community.


Black Welcome Week: August 30 –September 15, 2016

Black Welcome Week is a collaborative effort between CBCSA, the Black Student Assembly (BSA), and black student organizations aimed to introduce new and returning students to the multiple and diverse cultural events and opportunities that are part of the Trojan experience. Activities range from engaging students in civic and community involvement to indulging in cultural foods while socializing with students, faculty and staff. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to engage in this Trojan family tradition.


Black Family Weekend: October 23-25, 2015

Held in conjunction with USC’s Trojan Family Weekend, CBCSA and the Black Student Assembly invite students and their parents to an annual Soul Food Dinner on Friday evening, a Family Tailgate on Saturday and Worship Service and Brunch on Sunday. Students, family, friends, faculty, staff and alumni are invited.


Black History Month: February, 2016

Black History Month serves to promote, preserve, interpret and disseminate information to the university community about life, history and culture of descendants of the African Diaspora.


African American Recognition Dinner & Cultural Celebration: May 11-12, 2016

Bridging our past with our present, this annual celebration serves as traditional rites of passage that recognizes and affirms students of African descent who have completed a rigorous journey through academia at USC. This largely attended and highly anticipated event unites students, families, and friends through culture and achievement. The ceremony is traditionally held on the Thursday evening before USC commencement, honoring undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.


Project ReMix

Project ReMix is an interactive program that explores the intersectionality of identities of students from various ethnic and racial backgrounds.  In order to create a culture of inclusion, Project ReMix educates, engages, and empowers participants to understand how the complexity of their identities are linked to issues of social justice.

It introduces students who might not otherwise seek out the specific cultural centers for resources and support. The program partners with Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS) and El Centro Chicano (ECC) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT).


Black QueerStory

“A queer black mobile homecoming” is a monumental journey in celebration of the bravery and genius of the trailblazers of the black queer/lesbian/gender-non-conforming community. Julia Wallace of Queer Renaissance and Alexis Pauline Gumbs of Broken Beautiful Press hit the road in their environmentally sustainable RV and travel across the country to learn, document and transmit the legacies of brave black queer warriors who have been transforming the meaning of life since the 1980's or earlier and hosting amazing intergenerational community education events all over the US.


Pre-College and Community College Outreach:

The Center for Black Cultural & Student Affairs is committed to providing visiting students with insight into college life, encouraging them to pursue higher education despite current and foreseeable obstacles. Targeting students as early as 4th grade through community college level, participants typically take a university tour followed by a presentation headed by one or more CBCSA staff members. Most presentations include a panel of USC’s African-American students of diverse backgrounds who share their rich and varied college experiences. The panel concludes with answering any questions that visiting students may have concerning college life. This outreach program serves as another vehicle for USC students to give back to the community while enhancing their experience at USC.



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