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 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  academy. 

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 a place for developing academic success and exploring the intersection of scholarship and 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 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 is a curator of Black Liberation spaces and has served as a community educator in various capacities for over 14 years. Serving in Los Angeles and now Humboldt, he engages students with culturally affirming resources, academic... Read More