Center for Black Student Success


Faculty Director

Umi Vaughan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, HCOM

Umi Vaughan, Ph.D.

Professor Umi Vaughan is a scholar/artist who conducts research, creates photographs and performances, and publishes work that examines the evolution and meaning of music/dance traditions across the African Diaspora. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan and is currently Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. Dr. Vaughan is the author of Carlos Aldama’s Life in Batá: Cuba, Diaspora, and the Drum (Indiana University Press) and Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba (University of Michigan Press).

Victoria Ordaz-Garcia

Victoria Ordaz-Garcia

Victoria Ordaz Garcia is a senior majoring in Molecular Biology. She is the Student Lead Coordinator for the Center for Black student Success. Victoria was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, and migrated to California with her parents at the age of six. She is the proud daughter of Indigenous farmworkers who worked relentlessly to provide the best for her and her siblings. As a first-generation, undocumented student, who is rooted in social justice, Victoria plans on continuing to fight for underserved communities of color. In the future, She plans to attend Medical School to become a pediatrician.

Judah Young

My name is Judah Young. I am a first-generation Black woman from Inglewood, California. I am an Environmental Studies major with a minor in Pre-Law. In addition to my assistant role in CBSS, I serve as the College of Science Senator for Associated Students. I care deeply about the needs and concerns of CSUMB students. In my free time, I like to bake cookies and cakes, watch anime, skateboard, go to the beach, and sleep!

Photo Judah Young
Photo Zah-Rah LaTour

Zah-Rah LaTour

My name is Zah-Rah LaTour. I am one of the first to attend a four-year college in my family. Currently, I am a sophomore at CSUMB studying business with a marketing concentration. In my time at this university I have tried to be involved in all things black whether that be research, black student union, and even attending some NAACP meetings. I have a slight obsession with clothes and styling my friends. In my spare time, I enjoy reading corny poetry books and watching hallmark movies.