Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence

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The Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence engages and empowers African Diaspora students, faculty, staff, and community members through academic, professional, and cultural programming. The Center serves as a regional hub for Black advancement, scholarship, and engagement.


We are a dedicated group of community members who are committed to advancing Black excellence on the Monterey Peninsula.


We create platforms and opportunities to engage and elevate Black students, faculty, staff, and Black communities.


We work collaboratively with myriad partners to actively engage and evaluate Black voices and perspectives and actively engage our campus constituents around issues affecting Black populations.


Community - Excellence - Service

Pillars of Excellence

Civic Engagement - Education Pathways - Service Learning


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.).

Office Hours

Monday through Friday : 9am-4pm (if you would like to schedule office hours, please contact: dajrobinson@csumb.edu)

Visit us in the Student Center: Building 12, Room 120

Fall 2023 Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 30th - AKA Meeting inside of HRC from 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, November 30th - MOCA (Men of Color Alliance) Study Session inside of HRC from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Sunday, December 3rd - HRC x CLC End-of-Semester Study Session inside of HRC from 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Tuesday, December 5th - For Us By Us - Monthly Black Student Meetup inside of HRC from 12:00pm - 2:00pm