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Black Student Success Center

Inspiring and empowering Black students to pursue their educational goals while affirming their culturally unique identities.

Our Mission

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.

First-Time College Students

Questions?

Contact blackstudentsuccess@arc.losrios.edu or (916) 484-8573.

The Black Student Success Center is located in the UNITE Center, at American River College.

Blackademia

Blackademics

Blackademics

The free Blackademics program that offers referrals, services, speakers, and other ways to support your academic pursuits. Connect with tutors, talk to peer mentors, and share in events that can help you succeed at ARC.

Blackademics

Umoja Sakhu Learning Community

Umoja Sakhu Learning Community

Umoja Sakhu is open to all students and increases the success, graduation, and transfer rates of African ancestry students.

Umoja Sakhu

A2MEND

A2MEND

Coming soon! We are pursuing a student charter with African American Male Education Network and Development (A2MEND). Check back for updates.

A2MEND

 Black Student Union (BSU)

Black Student Union (BSU)

The Black Student Union (BSU) is dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experience of students of the African diaspora.

Black Student Union (BSU)

Black Parliament

Black Parliament

Black Parliament is a council of Black employees and community members that address and support the specific needs of Black students.

Black Parliament

Black Book Staff Directory

Black Book Staff Directory

View a directory of Black faculty, staff, and administrators to whom you can reach out for support.

Black Book Staff Directory

Additional Resources

Our Partners

Our community partners offer a regional network of support and cultural engagement for Black students.

Support Black Students

Find ways to support the Black student community.

B • L • A • C • K

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.