17:11 PM

New Associate Director Appointed for Black Student Center

Student Life, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, is pleased to announce that Mr. John Rawlins III has been appointed as the associate director for the Black Student Center effective July 1.

The mission of the Black Student Center is to promote the academic, cultural, social and political consciousness of students with African descent by actively engaging in institutional partnerships resulting in an overall increase of student recruitment, active member participation, retention and graduation rates. 

Mr. Rawlins joins us from the corporate headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Baltimore, where he served as the director for leadership development and training with a focus on collegiate members. With prior professional work within Student Affairs at Ithaca College and Johns Hopkins University, he brings a strong background in supporting students of color through diversity and inclusion initiatives, formal mentorship and leadership programs, co-curricular experiences and student advocacy. Outside of higher education, he was highly engaged in the communities where he resided. He has worked with Brothers & Sisters Keeper of Washington, D.C., Bryant Educational Leadership Group and the City of Ithaca’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. In addition, he is the president of the Cornell University Black Alumni Association. 

Mr. Rawlins will serve on the Student Life Leadership Team.

“I am excited to join the CSUSM family and to work with some of the most driven and talented students anywhere," he said. "I look forward to building relationships with the students, staff and faculty, and bringing our visions together to take the Black Student Center and our community to the next level.”

Thank you to the search committee chair and members as well as those in the campus community who participated in the interview forums and provided feedback. Each of you played an important role in this process.