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Signature Programs

All programs implemented or supported by the Black Resource Center speak to our pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, and Community. Click through the drawers below to learn more about some of our signature programs:

Black Collectives

Black Geek Collective

The Black Geek Collective is a space for students, staff and faculty members to have informal conversations about experiences as Black geeks. Black Geek Collective is a forum for those who self-identify as Black geeks and friends. Black Geek Collective is organized by the Black Resource Center.

Meetings for the 2021-2022 academic year have not been scheduled yet.  Are you interested in facilitating the Black Geek Collective? Contact the Black Resource Center.

Black Men's Collective

The Black Men's Collective is a closed space for Black students (both undergraduate and graduate), staff, and faculty who identify as Black Men. The space provides an opportunity for Black Men on campus to be in community with each other and discuss experiences related to being Black Men on campus.
Meetings for the 2021-2022 academic year have not been scheduled yet.  If you are interested in staying up-to-date with the Black Men's Collective, fill out the interest form and we will follow-up with you once we solidify a schedule for Black Men's Collective meetings. Initial meetings for the Fall 2021 quarter will take place virtually dependent on campus regulations in regards to in-person meetings and events.

Black Queer Collective

The Black Queer Collective is a space to find and foster Black queer community at the University of California, San Diego. Black Queer Collective is organized by the Inclusion Committee of the Black Student Union of UC San Diego.

Meetings for the 2021-2022 academic year have not been scheduled yet.  Are you interested in facilitating the Black Queer Collective? Contact the Black Resource Center.

Black Women's Collective

Black Women's Collective is a space for Black women to join together for conversations about our experiences as Black women and connect with other Black women on campus. Black Women’s Collective is organized by the Women’s Center and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).

Meetings for the 2021-2022 academic year have not been scheduled yet.

Black Family Orientation

Start your academic career off right with the Black Resource Center!  The Black Family Orientation (previously known as the Student Success Institute) takes place during move-in weekend every year.  This program is designed to maximize the success of incoming Black first-year and transfer students by providing information that will position them to make a smooth transition into life at UC San Diego, while highlighting valuable campus resources. Participants will engage in activities that address their personal and academic development, academic expectations, cultural adjustment as well as the opportunity to network with other incoming students, staff, and faculty.

  • FREE and open to incoming first-time and transfer students and their families.
  • Information for the 2022 Black Family Orientation will be provided in Spring of 2022.

Black Graduate and Professional Student Welcome Reception

The Black Resource Center hosts a Black Graduate and Professional Student Welcome Mixer at the beginning of the academic year to give you an opportunity to network with other graduate students across campus.  This is a great opportunity to build community at the beginning of your academic career at UC San Diego. 

Learn more about other resources for Black Graduate and Professional Students.

Black Graduation Ceremony

At the end of every academic year, the Black Resource Center partners with the Black Student Union to host our annual Black Graduation Ceremony.  The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor Black students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate/professional degree from the University of California San Diego.

Learn more about the Black Graduation Ceremony.

BRC Change-a-Thon

BRC Change-a-Thon is a social impact-focused Hack-a-Thon created and produced by the UC San Diego Black Resource Center in collaboration with The Basement. This event was created to bring together students, staff, faculty, and alumni across disciplines and identities to create tangible solutions for issues and obstacles impacting Black communities today.

Learn more about the BRC Change-a-Thon.

BRC Internship Program

The Black Resource Center Interns are student scholars who assist in carrying out the mission and goals of the center. They are responsible for quarterly programming to promote community building, academic success, and a sense of belonging. Their presence is an integral piece of the center's day to day functioning and success.

Learn more about our internship program.

BSU Overnight Program

The Black Resource Center collaborates with SPACES and the Black Student Union to coordinate the annual Overnight Program. The Overnight Program is an invitation only 3 day/2 night program for admitted students. This unique opportunity allows participants to connect with current students, interact with faculty and staff members, and connect with San Diego community leaders. This program is held in early spring of each year and culminates on the annual Triton Day.

Learn more about the Overnight Program.

Mid-Year Mixer

Every year during Week 5 of Winter Quarter, the Black Resource Center hosts the Mid-Year Mixer which is an opportunity to bring the Black campus community together to check-in with each other midway through the academic year.  The Mid-Year Mixer serves as a follow-up to the Black Family Orientation to re-emphasize some of the principles, resources, and programs highlighted at the beginning of the year to ensure that students have the support that they need to continue to excel throughout their time at UC San Diego.  Make sure that you are subscribed to our e-newsletter so that you may stay informed on events such as the Mid-Year Mixer throughout the year!

Peer Guidance Program

The Black Resource Center Peer Guidance Program is designed to aid the academic, social and cultural adjustment of incoming first-year students to life at UC San Diego.

Through peer mentoring, the goal of this program is to foster a network of support for culturally diverse historically underrepresented first year students. Peer Guidance Leaders serve as peer support personnel and serve as an extension of the Black Resource Center staff. Through this relationship and sharing program goals, the overall aim is to positively impact the first year adjustment and ultimate retention of student participants.

Apply to receive a peer mentor.

Learn more about becoming a Peer Guidance Leader.

The Plug

In response to the Black Student Union Statement of Demands that were released in Summer 2020, the Writing Hub and the Black Resource Center came together to create more resources for Black students. Our partnership intends to increase the visibility of funded academic opportunities to Black undergraduate students, and to support these students’ success as applicants for those opportunities.

The result is The Plug, a year-long workshop series that provides: information about a particular opportunity with a focus on the written component of the application; dedicated time and space for students to write; and guidance from highly-trained Writing Hub consultants.

Learn more about The Plug.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Mentorship Program

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.  The Black Resource Center and UC San Diego's SNMA Chapter are partnering to offer a free mentorship program that provides Black identifying undergraduate students with the necessary tools and resources to navigate the pre-medical track

Insterested? Learn more about the SNMA Mentorship Program