Campus Resources for the Black Community at Berkeley
African American Student Development Center (AASD)
AASD coordinates academic development activities and services that address the specific needs of African American students on campus. Activities include: the Annual Student Orientation, Staff-Faculty and Peer Mentoring Programs, the Howard Exchange Program, The BlackBoard Resource Calendar, Kwanzaa, Black History Month, community service/serving learning opportunities, academic support, advising and referral, internships, freshman orientation classes, and more. Maintains comprehensive list of Black/African-American student organizations on campus.
African-American Initiative Implementation Committee (AAIIC)
The AAIIC is committee comprised of Black students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni working to accomplish the main goals of the African-American Initiative:
- Achieve and sustain a critical mass of African American students, faculty and senior staff at Berkeley.
- Ensure that the African Americans who are here now feel welcome, supported and respected.
- Achieve the reality and deliver the message that Berkeley is a welcoming place for African Americans.
Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC)
The ASUC is the student governing board that advocates for our student's best interests by providing an inclusive environment for student development and learning that builds on UC Berkeley’s academic experience.
Black healing spaces
There are several Black healing spaces being sponsored on campus by student, staff, faculty members, and alumni. All healing spaces share the latter goal of providing a safe space for fellowship, community, and Black issues at UC Berkeley.
- Spirit Sister Circle, a collaborative space for Black identified women to share their experiences in a safe environment.
- The Well, where Black folx come to heal. Every first Friday in the Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center from 1-2:30pm. Food provided.
Black Organizations at UC Berkeley
A comprehensive list of Black and African Diaspora
Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO)
BSFO addresses the issues and concerns unique to Black employees at the University of California, Berkeley. The mission of BSFO is to create a climate which is conducive to the well-being and professional development aspirations of Black staff, faculty and students.
Black Student Union (BSU)
The BSU at UC Berkeley serves as the unifying body for Black organizations and the Black student body on campus.
Council on Students of Color and Multicultural Engagement
The Chancellor’s Council on Students of Color and Multicultural Engagement is a standing committee reporting to the Chancellor, comprised of UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty. The committee identifies, analyzes, and partners with the Chancellor on proposing tangible and productive changes to address the needs and concerns of students of color on campus – both graduate and undergraduate – recognizing their fundamental connection to community issues and contexts. It is charged with helping to discover and eliminate institutional barriers to success on campus, while drawing on the leadership, innovation and knowledge of students of color for the continued transformation of both UC Berkeley and society at large.
Disabled Students' Program (DSP)
The Disabled Students' Program promotes an inclusive environment for students with disabilities. We equip students with appropriate accommodations and services to achieve their individual academic goals. We are dedicated to supporting students and collaborating with the campus community to remove barriers to educational access and embrace the University’s values of equity and inclusion. We believe that an accessible environment universally benefits everyone.
Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center
In response to disciplined organizing by UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union and its set of demands for institutional change, a new Black student resource center has been established on campus – the latest progress in UC Berkeley’s African American Initiative. The Fannie Lou Hamer Resource Center, named after the Black voting rights activist and civil rights leader, will serve the academic, social, cultural and political needs of the campus’ Black community. The center addresses a critical call by students for a safe convening environment, and creates space and opportunity for Black students and organizations to organize and engage in academic, social-cultural, leadership, community development and networking activities. The space will also enhance exchanges with faculty, alumni and community stakeholders. The center is located in the Hearst Field Annex east of Sproul Hall.
Gender Equity Center
The Gender Equity Resource Center, fondly referred to as GenEq, is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality. The programs and services of the Gender Equity Resource Center are focused on four key areas: Women; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+); Sexual Harassment & Sexual Violence; and Men
Multicultural Community Center (MCC)
The MCC strives to integrate student-driven and community oriented management, decision-making and visioning in everything that we do. The MCC facilitates students’ greater involvement in multicultural-related education, collaborations, and cross/inter-cultural community building by providing: an educational space for the critical study and practice of multiculturalism, a welcoming and inclusive space for students, an alternative space for cultural expression and identity exploration and by building community among Berkeley’s diverse students.
Organization of African Students
Organization of African Students at UC Berkeley is a space to learn, share and engage on the opportunities and challenges of African continent
PATH to Care Center
Provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Confidential advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources. To schedule an appointment with an advocate please call (510) 642-1988.
Black LGBTQ Community at Berkeley