Otter Cross Cultural Center

All Black Gala

The All Black Gala is a formal event that celebrates Black hxstory and the immense diversity of Black culture, brilliance, and lived experiences. Created through a partnership from the Otter Cross Cultural Center, Associated Students of CSUMB, and the Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence, the aim of this event is to foster a sense of belonging and to cultivate community amongst various campus populations in order to address campus retention, progression, and graduation. By bringing together students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members, this event offers opportunities to build networks, learn from one another, and participate in critical and contemporary discussions that impact society. All proceeds raised at the event will benefit the activities of the Helen Rucker Center for Black Excellence.


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2023 All Black Gala
Celebrating Black Excellence in STEM: Leading the Way Through Science

February 26, 2023, 4:00pm — 6:00pm

OSU Ballroom
5118 Inter-Garrison Road., Seaside, CA 93955

Come learn about our local hxstory through a celebration of Black Excellence as exemplified by the accomplishment of Black students, staff, and community members. A special keynote address will be given by Dr. Calvin Mackie. If you are unable to attend, but still wish to contribute, please consider making a donation using the link below.

Parking permits are required. RSVP required. Semi-formal attire atmosphere.

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2023 All Black Gala Keynote Speaker: Dr. Calvin Mackie

Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning mentor, inventor, author, former engineering professor, internationally renowned speaker, and successful entrepreneur. In 2013, Dr. Mackie founded STEM NOLA, a non-profit organization created to expose, inspire, and engage communities in the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). To date, STEM NOLA has engaged over 100,000 K-12 students in hands-on project-based STEM activities. In 2021, he launched STEM Global Action to advance K-12 Stem education across the U.S. and the world.

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Dr. Mackie graduated from high school with low test scores requiring him to take special remedial classes at Morehouse College. In 1990, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College with a B.S. degree, as a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. Simultaneously, he was awarded a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, where he subsequently earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.

While pursuing a doctorate degree, Dr. Mackie served as an instructor of mathematics at Morehouse College. Following graduation, he joined the faculty at Tulane University, where he pursued research related to heat transfer, fluid dynamics, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. In 2002, he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Mackie’s eleven-year academic career ended in June 2007, when Tulane University disbanded the engineering school in response to financial hardship induced by Hurricane Katrina. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Dr. Mackie served as a visiting professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He enjoyed a respected academic career, before pivoting his career towards entrepreneurship, consulting, and professional speaking.

Dr. Mackie is also the President and CEO of the Channel ZerO Group LLC, an educational and professional development consulting company he co-founded in 1992. He has presented to numerous civic and educational institutions, government entities, professional associations, and businesses of every size and industrial focus.

He has won numerous awards including 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board’s Chair Phoenix Award, which recognizes individuals whose extraordinary achievements strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals and families, nationally and globally. In 2003, he was awarded the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony.

Dr. Mackie is the author of two award-winning books: A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business and Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom.

Dr. Mackie is a devoted husband to his wife, Tracy, and father to his two sons, Myles Ahmad and Mason Amir.

Twitter: @calvinmackie 

Past Speakers:

  • 2017: Dr. Angela Davis
  • 2018: Shaun King
  • 2019: Mike Brown Sr. & Dr. David Ragland
  • 2020: Kevin Willmott
  • 2021: Dr. Brittney Cooper
  • 2022: Dr. Brian Corpening with special performance by Daniel Summerhill