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Black Excellence Month Will Celebrate, Foster Empowerment

In honor of Black Excellence Month, Cal State San Marcos’ Black Student Center has selected the theme “Empowerment to the People” to celebrate and foster empowerment among the CSUSM Black community through the arts, education, student engagement and community initiatives.

Shanelle Watkins, assistant director of the Black Student Center, plans to highlight achievements of Black students at CSUSM and recognize historical figures throughout February. 

A range of exciting events and activities are planned for the month to showcase and honor Black excellence. The festivities will conclude with the inaugural Black Excellence Awards Gala on Feb. 23.

Black Excellence Month events are open to all students and the campus community.

Black Excellence Month Flag Raising Ceremony and Brunch

Feb. 1, noon, Chavez Circle flagpole/USU Ballroom

Start the month of celebration with words of welcome, encouragement and reflections from members of the campus community followed by a celebratory brunch. This event serves as a powerful reminder of the rich cultural heritage and the ongoing pursuit of equity and justice. All are welcome to attend and engage with the BSC community, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Black excellence.


Divine Nine Panel With Student Leadership and Involvement Center 

Feb. 8, noon, Black Student Center 

Learn about the historical significance, cultural wealth and inspiring influence of Black Greek letter organizations.


Black Art Expo II

Feb. 13, noon, Arts Building Showroom

Discover the captivating artworks of Black students at CSUSM, encompassing a range of expressions from music to poetry to visual arts. The exhibition will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk and engage with the artists from noon to 1 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the creativity on display and support the vibrant community of Black student artists.


Black Student Center Birthday Hour

Feb. 15, noon, Black Student Center

Come celebrate the Black Student Center’s seventh birthday! There will be music and sweet treats available to enjoy. 


Carnaval With Latinx Center

Feb. 16, 6 p.m., USU Ballroom 

Join this annual collaboration with the Latinx Center to celebrate with cultural games, food and entertainment. 


Black Excellence Awards Gala 

Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., USU Ballroom 

The BSC is hosting this inaugural event in collaboration with Tukwut Life to celebrate and highlight the Black community. The evening will be a showcase of achievements and inspiring stories from our vibrant community. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest attire to honor the occasion and the remarkable accomplishments being celebrated. 

SistaFest With Women Gender Equity Center 

Feb. 29, 11:30 a.m., WGEC USU 3200

Join the WGEC and BSC for the inaugural SistaFest to celebrate Black womanhood. There will be an amazing lineup of speakers, activities and performances that honor the experiences and contributions of Black women. Spread the word, bring your friends and let's uplift each other in solidarity and joy!

Media Contact

Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist

ebreier@csusm.edu | Office: 760-750-7314