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.


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.).

Spring 2023 Upcoming Event

Feb 16: From a Black Panther Party Perspective 5pm (with Mel Mason)
Feb 18: COSO High School Forum 9am
Feb 19: Historically Black Church Tour 10:45 am
Feb 19: City of Seaside Annual Black History Month Program 3pm
Feb 22: BLAAC Movie Night 6pm
Feb 23: Hood Jeopardy 6pm
Feb 23: NAACP General Membership Meeting 7pm
Feb 24: Kween's Kounsel 5pm (free movie viewing)
Feb 26: Ocean View Baptist Church 75th Anniversary 11am & 3pm
Feb 26: CSUMB's All Black Gala 4pm

Events & Programming