Coordinator’s Message

Established on September 1, 2015 the opening of the African American Center for Academic Excellence was a victory for Black students, Cal Poly Humboldt and the local community. Since that time the Center has been a haven and critical campus resource for students from across the African diaspora. The Center's transition to the Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence speaks to the intention of how the Center will operate and the values it holds. Acknowledging Umoja (unity) and all persons of indigenous or ethnic African heritage in a call to action for the development of our communities through the tool of academia.

To the students who are affiliated with the Center, your participation and engagement are vital. By design, the Center is a space for a sense of belonging and where you can show up as yourself, unapologetically. It is also the place for exploration into our diverse ethnic and cultural heritage. We hope that by engaging with us you will feel culturally rooted in ways that promote your success in navigating higher education. The Umoja Center is committed to your development into a critical and decolonized thinker as well as offering opportunities to celebrate and enjoy being a student.

I am honored and proud to be a part of the Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence at Cal Poly Humboldt and I look forward to what we can accomplish together. 

Staff

Douglas Smith
Douglas Smith
Umoja Center Coordinator
(707) 826-3640
NHE 207

Douglas Smith has served as a community educator in various capacities for over 10 years. Serving in South Central and the Antelope Valley, he engaged youth and their families with resources, academic opportunities and tools that... Read More