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

Spring 2024 Upcoming Events

Mondays - Writing Tutor with CLC Mondays weekly 12:00pm - 12:50pm inside of HRC

Mondays - Pre Calculus Tutoring Mondays weekly Meeting - 1-4pm inside of HRC

Monday, March 4th - University Promise Tabling with HRC - 11am-12:15pm outside of The Student Center

Thursday, March 7th - University Promise Tabling with HRC - 11am-12:15pm outside of The Student Center

Thursday, March 14th - Tutoring with all Affinity Groups inside of the Student Center - 7pm 

Friday, March 15th - Celebrating Black Staff Excellence Luncheon - 12pm inside of the Alumni Visitors Center

Friday, March 15th - AKA Meeting - 5:00pm - 6:00pm inside of HRC