Melanin Mondays


A space for US to celebrate our diverse Blackness and Africanness, this biweekly miniseries features dance workouts, giveaways, Black community building opportunities and more. Come by our table on the Quad or tap in via one our virtual platforms.  

Black to the Land

Students enjoy a nature walk at the Freshwater Farm Reserve.

A monthly community building trip to explore the local beauty that Humboldt County has to offer. The trips embed culturally relevant conversations and information about the diverse methods of connecting with the natural environment from across the African Diaspora  

Black Liberation (History) Month

Students pose with Ilyasah Shabazz during a Black Liberation Month Event.

In conjunction with a number of campus partners, including the Black Student Union and others, the Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence works to coordinate a number of activities and events to celebrate Black history at Humboldt. While the Center celebrates and promotes Black scholarship, genius, and excellence on a daily basis, we shine a special light on Black culture, politics, and community achievements in February. The Black Liberation Month planning committee begins working in the fall to put together a full calendar of activities and programs for the month. To join the Black Liberation (History) Month planning committee, contact us at

Talking Drum

In collaboration with the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) this student led and facilitated space is designed for self identified Black students to connect with each other, and discuss matters in our community. With a focus on nurturing mental health, we develop tools and positive strategies to support us in navigating higher education, intrapersonal skills and life outside and after college.  

Black Grad

Black Grad is an annual tradition at Cal Poly Humboldt where the campus community gathers with friends and family to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of students who identify as Black, African American, or of African descent. We recognize that for many students of Color the higher education journey through a historically or predominantly White institution can present them with unique challenges and obstacles. Black Grad is a time when we acknowledge the obstacles overcome, the perseverance, and the commitment to academic success displayed by so many students on our campus. Students who participate in Black Grad have an opportunity to express themselves and briefly address those in attendance and thank those who helped them along the way. It is a beautiful celebration of culture and academic excellence!


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