AASD Programs

Black Welcome Month

Black Welcome Month, hosted by campus departments and student groups, is a series of programs and activities designed to help orient new African American students to campus by introducing them to a diversity of resources offered at Berkeley. BWM includes the Welcome Black Breakfast, Black Student Orientation for first year, transfer, and graduate students, faculty-staff receptions, alumni talks, a resource fair, social events and other activities hosted by student and campus units.

Exchange Programs

The African American Student Development office offers students the opportunity to attend a one-semester undergraduate exchange program with select HBCU's. To be eligible, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Cal Black Alumni Association Events

African American Student Development partners with the Cal Black Alumni Association to host networking and community events as well as connect students with Alumni mentors in the community.

AASD Leadership and Intern Program

The AASD Leadership and Intern Program gives students the opportunity to participate in developing and implementing academic and social retention activities they are interested in, and in doing so, encourage retention of the African American student community. Positions allow students to become involved in the campus community, practice leadership development, and learn program management and team building skills that are applicable in the professional world. Students selected to be a part of the leadership and intern team receive class credit, a letter of recommendation for a successful year, and get the opportunity to direct and manage programs. Email us to request an application.

African American Studies 194A/194B African American Theme Program Seminar

AAS 194A/194B — This program and course is for students who select to live in a cohort and community together.  It is designed to acquaint new students, specifically freshman and transfer students, with an understanding of the intellectual and academic University experience. Lectures, films, exercises, activities, writing assignments, and the development of campus and community projects will be used to examine the university, multicultural experiences and encourage critical thought. AAS 194A/194B is offered for 2 units.

Student Group Day Showcase

The annual Student Group Day Showcase is an opportunity for the campus community to come together and see the many active student groups on campus. Each student who comes to Cal bears the potential of doing exceptional work for their communities and perhaps even the world. One of the most important things all students should do upon coming to Cal is finding their niche — not only where they belong, but where they thrive! There are many student organizations on campus that comprise students like you who share your interests. Of course, you are a student first, but what legacy will you leave at the #1 public university in the world? Get involved and leave your mark!

Community Forums and Programs

Free food and open floor for dialogue about current issues with rest of the community; what could be better? At these dinners/discussions throughout the year, we will facilitate the Chat on various topics that affect the Black community and Cal community. Share your opinion, let your voice be heard, and learn something new from your peers!

Kwanzaa Celebration

Come and celebrate the holiday tradition and learn more about the history behind Kwanzaa. Witness the talented members of the UC Berkeley African American Theme Program and Cal community as they perform various forms artistic and cultural expression. Last year, we aimed to support Black-own businesses and invited vendors from all over the Bay Area to come to the Kwanzaa Celebration to sell their products and even offer special promotions to those in attendance.
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration observed from December 26 to January 1 each year that honors universal African American heritage and culture. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–1967.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are:

  1. Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  2. Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  3. Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  4. Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  5. Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  6. Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  7. Imani (Faith): To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Black History Month 

The Black History Month Showcase hosts an educational and entertaining production contributed to by the black community.  The month features programming and events as well as exhibits and performances from our own community members, and will include drama, dance, song, spoken word, as well as a fashion show that highlights African American culture. The performances highlight many facets of black experience through these different forms of expression. Come out and support your fellow friends in honor of Black History Month and the struggles and triumphs of those before us and among us.