The Black* student population at UCSB makes up one of the smallest racial demographics. According to the UCSB Office of Budget and Planning from the 2018-2019 academic year, 5% of the student population was made up of individuals that identify as Black* or African American. That's 1,010 undergraduate students, making up 5% of the total undergraduate population, and 75 graduate students, making up about 4% of the graduate population.

RCSGD Resources

The RCSGD has a QTBIPOC Empowerment Coordinator that hosts weekly Empowerment Hours for QTBIPOC students.

QTBIPOC Empowerment Hours is a space intentionally for QTBIPOC to exist, rest, rejuvenate, and come together as a community to thrive individually and collectively.

These weekly spaces take place every Monday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the RCSGD Lounge.

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RCSGD Weekly Events

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Cultural Centers

This office focuses on helping black* students on campus. They hold events, networking opportunities between organizations, departments, and faculty, and offer space available to hold events or meetings. 

Location: 1st floor of the SRB (Student Resource Building)

 African diasporic Cultural Resource Center Website 

 AdCRC Instagram

This center offers various events including lectures, films and videos, panel discussions, readings, art exhibitions, and music, dance and dramatic performances, collaborations, and space in an effort to create cultural awareness.

Location: UCEN, Room 1504

 Multicultural Center Website

 MCC Instagram


This office offers any information about black studies courses and advising about the Black Studies major and minor. They also hold various events throughout the year.

Location: 3rd floor of South Hall, Room 3631

 Black Studies Website

This office supports Black students at UCSB, with advising, events, collaborations, and initiatives.


Location: 1st floor of the Student Resource Building (SRB)

 OBSD Website

 OBSD Instagram

This office organizes and administers interdisciplinary research among faculty and students on the histories and cultures of Africans and their descendants. The Center offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in research activities. Students are invited to attend events and colloquia or join the center’s staff and faculty on new, exciting research.

Location: 4th floor of South Hall, Room 4603

 CBSR Website 

ONDAS Student Center at UCSB promotes the success and retention of first-generation college students with an emphasis on the first year transition and underrepresented student experience. We provide mentoring and academic support in a learning-centered space for students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers in order to grow personally and excel academically.

Location: Kerr Hall 1150

 ONDAS Website 
 ONDAS Instagram 

Student Organizations

LGBTQIA+ Black Student Organizations 

There isn’t currently a LGBTQIA+ Black student organization, but if you are interested in restarting Black Quare, contact us!

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Other Black Student Organizations 

At UCSB, there are a variety of Black, African American, and African Diasporic Student Organizations.

Black Student Organizations List

On-Campus Resources

This committee is a  campus-wide taskforce that complements the Black Student Union (BSU) by organizing faculty, senior administrators, staff, undergraduate and graduate student committee members to identify opportunities and institutional deficits regarding enrollment, retention, and graduation for Black students and improving campus culture.

 About the BRC

The Black Scholars Hall is an inclusive Living-Learning Community dedicated to students within the Afrikan diaspora. This floor provides mentorship which fosters a community-building environment. Residents have the opportunity to participate in bonding events organized by the current Resident Assistant, allowing students to create friendships that will last a lifetime.

 Living-learning Communities