Center for Black Student Success

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The Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence engages and empowers African Diaspora students at CSUMB by providing academic, professional, and personal/cultural support and enrichment programming. CBSS serves as the central hub and campus home for Black student life, working with campus and local community members to ensure Black collegiate success at CSUMB.


New Student Reception sponsored by the African Heritage Faculty and Staff Alliance and Helen Rucker Center.

Come join us on August 22, 2022, for a reception to welcome incoming students! It is a concerted effort to connect with incoming African Heritage students and to ensure they get off to a successful beginning to their career here at CSUMB.

Location: Otter Student Union, Bayview Terrace / Time: 4:00-6:00pm. 

Academic/Professional Funding Request Form

The Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence (HRCBE) provides funding to support the academic and professional success of students at CSUMB. Funding may be requested for up to $250 per academic year. In particular, HRCBE requested funds can be used to support:

  • Textbooks: HRCBE provides textbook support.
  • Academic Conferences: HRCBE supports conference participation related to student academic fields and research.
  • Graduate School Preparation: HRCBE provides graduate school support in the form of counseling, school visits, test preparation and fees, and application fees.
  • Professional Organizations: HRCBE provides professional organization memberships (e.g. National Society for Black Engineers, Black Doctoral Network, etc.).

Fall 2022 Upcoming Event

  • Otter Spirit Day - August 10, 3 - 5 pm - CSUMB Soccer Field
  • Move In Day - August 19, 2 - 3pm - Area 2 Housing & Avocet
  • Student Convocation - August 21, 10:30am - 12:00pm - The Cardinelli Stadium 
  • Welcome Reception - August 22, 4 - 6pm - Otter Student Union (OSU), Bayview Terrace
  • Soul Food BBQ - September 17, 12 - 3 pm - Deja Blue Restaurant, Seaside CA  


Events & Programming