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Black Student Success Center

To inspire and empower Black Students to pursue their educational goals while affirming their culturally unique identities.

We strive to foster a campus that enthusiastically welcomes, celebrates, and supports Black students as they authentically engage in the ARC experience. Our efforts are designed to connect Black students to the programs, people, and resources that will nurture academic and personal growth.

Sankofa Ancestral Acknowledgment

Sankofa is a word from the Akan people of West Africa.  Its literal translation means, it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.

We acknowledge and thank all people of African ancestry who were stolen from their homelands and brought to this country and whose free labor played a major role in the formation and economic wealth of this country.  We also honor the contributions of African American ancestral scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs whose contributions were stolen or never acknowledged due to white supremacy.

We honor and will not forget the thousands upon thousands of lives lost at the hands of enslavers, vigilantes, law enforcers and other forces of hatred in this country, generation after generation for the singular crime of being black, indigenous, or other people of color.  We affirm and uplift those of African ancestry living in this country today as living testaments to the strength, love, faith, and fortitude of a resilient people.


Tera Diggs-Reynolds MSW, Ed.D.
Black Student Success Faculty Coordinator & Dual Enrollment Outreach Coordinator
BSU & Umoja-Sakhu Faculty Advisor
Lower Library Room L44
American River College
916-484-4573 desk

Black Wellness

The Black Student Success Center is committed to the success and growth of all Black, African American, and communities of African descent at American River College.

Black Wellness

  • Chase Moore & Dr. Tiffany Mims
  • African American Mental Health Providers

Charlotte Scott-Day, LMFT, Interim President
1531 Corporate Way, Sacramento, CA 95831

CalVoices  | E-Mail:  | (916) 366-4600

Safe Black Spaces  |  |  Phone: (530) 683-5101

“Safe Black Spaces Community Healing Circles started in April 2018 in response to the increased racial tensions and trauma after the killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22 year old Black man, by the Sacramento Police.  Meant to provide a chance for Black people to deal with the rage, shock, fear and sadness that so many of us were (and are) feeling.” Community Health Circles take place every 2 nd Saturday of the month from 3-4:30 pm.  Please contact them directly for more information.

Tameka Jackson Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist  (also contracted with FLC)

1531 Corporate Way, Sacramento, CA 95831

NaiBrittany Fenton, LMFT

Kaiser Permanente (Must have Kaiser Medi-Cal or Kaiser Insurance)
(916) 973-5300 (mainline) | (916) 973-7209 (direct line)
2008 Moore Avenue, Sacramento CA 95825

Visualize Your Life Counseling

Brandi Garner, LMFT
9717 Elk Grove Florin Road, Suite A, Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 585-3034

Melanin Meets Mindfulness

“Melanin Meets Mindfulness is a wellness-based program dedicated to teaching the principles of mindfulness, while centering the experiences of African-American women in the process.  The mission of Melanin Meets Mindfulness is to create safe emotional spaces for African-American women to tap into their inner wisdom, guided by the principles of mindfulness: nonjudgment, compassion, and embracing the moment as it is.  We are also teaching the importance of slowing down, getting still, listening for and paying attention to self, in order to learn what our spirits need to grow and thrive.”

1531 Corporate Way, Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 607-8706

Aunt Bertha

A social care network that connects people with programs and social care providers that serve them.

  • Timely MD
  • Ayana


Black Student Union

Denzel Phoenix

Denzel Phoenix , President

My name is Denzel Phoenix and I am the current president of the Black Student Union and Umoja Sakhu Club. I am a student at ARC who is double majoring in both Psychology as well as Sociology. The reason I took on the task of being the president of the BSU and Umoja Sakhu club is because I believe that black students are more than our skin and the stereotypes society holds for us. I know that we come from a long line of greatness. Deeply melanated heroes who transcended and inspired every category we aim to be professionals in. I want to live my life making my ancestors and elders proud. So they can see that their sacrifices and achievements did not go unnoticed nor wasted. As Black and African people of the diaspora and the motherland I have always felt that we have an obligation to be the greatest versions of ourselves. To lead by example and stand strong in the face of opposition. Our ancestors deserve the pride to know that their greatness will live on through us and our frutherment of their achievements through our own achievements. At the time of writing this I only have a short time left at ARC and I know that through writing this some of you who read this will be inspired by these words to bask in your greatness to lead and live by example not only for yourself but also the future generations of Black Scholars. We are Black Excellence.

Joaquin Holland, Vice President

Joaquin Holland, Vice President

My major at ARC is Psychology. My educational goal is to obtain an A.A. in Psychology here at ARC, transfer to obtain a B.A., then continue to receive a Masters degree, and become licensed as a therapist/counselor. My career goal is to become a counselor or a therapist. I get a kick out of helping people, so I'm extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work here. I like to be the person who students can rely on to receive accurate information about the resources we have here at ARC. I understand the frustrations some people experience of not quite understanding how to navigate campus or the website, so being a student employee gives me the ability to help from an active student point of view.

Anaundi Borum

Anaundi Borum, Secratary

My major is sociology at the moment. My hobbies are writing poems, reading, skating, etc. I have a lot of stuff I like to do, and I get bored so I'm always looking for some new hobby to learn or skill to develop. I plan to transfer to an HBCU, though I haven't decided which one yet. I have no idea how long before I graduate I'm barely entering into second year. So I still have a long way to go, but I'm glad I'll have Umoja and friends for the time I'm here.

  • Treasurer- Vacant
  • Co Advisor Jeri Marshall & Faculty Advisor Tera Reynolds



  • List of Umoja Courses
  • Tutoring
  • Counseling
  • Transfer Center


  • Celebration of Excellence


  • Bridge to Sac State MLK Center
  • Bridge to UC Davis Center for African Diaspora Student Success
  • Historical Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)


We offer culturally relevant and responsive programming for our students of African descent, from Cameroon to the U.S., from Zimbabwe to London, from Brooklyn to the Dominican Republic, we provide programs celebrating and educating about the expansiveness of our Black community.