Welcome to the Black Unity Center

The Black Unity Center started as one of six Black Student Union Demands developed in 2015. This serves as a space for student engagement and achievement! The vision of the Center is to advance educational equity for students of African descent by serving as a unifying force for many efforts to ensure the highest potential for and self-determination by students, using an Afrocentric paradigm. UBUNTU! 

Mission Statement :
The mission of the Center is to provide Black students, through cross-campus community collaborations and an intersectional, African-centered environment, with transformative, impactful and socially conscious programs that allow them to grow academically, interpersonally, culturally and professionally, in order to advance their recruitment, matriculation, retention and graduation.

Services We Offer 

  • Resource Referral (Mental Health, Financial Assistance, Etc)
  • Academic Advising
  • Community Roundtables
  • Financial Aid Literacy Appointments
  • Graduation Support 
  • Student Clubs & Orgs Connections
  • Snacks

Where to Find Us

Location: The Village at Centennial Square, Building C, Suite 142
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm. 
Phone: (415) 405-4442
Email: blackunitycenter@sfsu.edu
Instagram: BlackUnitySFSU

Virtual Tour Down Below: 

Upcoming Events

What it is, What it ain’t: Black Student Leaders
Date: Thursday, Februry 22nd, 2024
Time: 6:15pm to 8:00pm
Location: Hss310
Curious about Black student leadership? Ever wonder what it means to be a part of the board of BSU? Do you ever wonder what it takes to be a part of Greek life? Are you Black in engineering? Can you dance like a diva or live on campus like BRUH? Mingle and learn the benefits/impacts and experiences of Black student life clubs/org!

Paint & Sip
Date:
Friday, February 25th, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Student Services Building , 206

Protest Music Workshop by Alex Tha Great 
Date:  Tuesday, February 27, 2024 
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm PST 
Virtual. Email bucketmanyweather@sfsu.edu for the RSVP Link 
Event Description: Music is a universal language and as such this workshop will infuse music and poetry as its artistic approach to protest and resistance in times of political and/or social unrest. Music playlist ranges from Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit to Kendrick Lamar’s Alright and iconic texts analyzed will be Danez Smith’s “Dear White America”.  www.alexthagreat.com 

The Sound of (Black) Music
February 29, 2024 
The McKenna theatre, LCA Live will be hosting "The Sound of (Black) Music." This event will showcase cultural experiences inspiring genres of Blues, Funk, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and R&B, which have had a profound impact on our society.

You can learn more about the show here: https://linktr.ee/thesoundofblackmusic

Tickets are now on sale here: https://sfsu.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1475

 

Are you looking to begin your journey here at SF State?

Book a meeting or email Dalyce if you seek unique information regarding areas such as Black campus life, academics, student services, and questions regarding:

  • Admissions requirements
  • Cal State Apply application process
  • Pre-admissions transcript evaluations 
     

First Steps: 

Sign UpCal State Apply Workshops (Spring 2024)

Freshman:

Transfers:

  • ASSIST website - California Schools
  • Articulation website - Non-Californian Schools 
  • Transfer Application Checklist
  • Application Fee Waiver Checklist
     
  • Lower Divison:Basic Requirements 
    • Attended a college or university after high school graduation
    • Have not yet earned 60 transferable units
    • Graduation from high school (diploma or GED)
      • Achievement of specified GPA in A-G courses:

        • 2.50 or greater for California residents or graduates of a California high school
        • 3.00 or greater for Non-California residents or graduates of a high school outside of California
      • Good standing at the last college or university attended
      • Completion, with a grade of C- or better, of a course in:
      • Written Communication (GE Area A2)
      •  Mathematics or quantitative reasoning (GE Area B4)
         
  • Upper Divison: Basic Requirements: See Lower Divison 
    • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units/ at least 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units
    • Complete General Education requirements;
      •  30 semester (45 quarter) units of CSU General Education (GE) courses: Four basic skills courses (Golden 4) must be completed with a grade of C- or better

      • Oral Communication (Area A1): public speaking course
        Written Communication (Area A2): English composition course
        Critical Thinking (Area A3): logic or critical thinking course (Engineering majors exempt from critical thinking) 
        Quantitative Reasoning (Area B4): math course

Master's & Grad Students:

International:Prospective students interested in applying to SF State may email world@sfsu.edu and visit: https://oip.sfsu.edu/future

 

Click Here: Schedule a meeting
Email: dalycebrown@sfsu.edu

 

On-Campus Scholarships for Spring 24

Check Out Website for more: https://sfsu.academicworks.com/

 

Off-Campus/Alternative Scholarships 

 

Financial Aid Literacy & Graduation Support

Schedule an appointment with Jimmie Wilder to get a closer and better understanding of your Financial Aid, FAFSA & support towards Graduation.

Treasure Chest Tuesday
Date: Tuesdays, 10:00 am-3:00 pm PST
Location: Virtual, In Person

 

STUDENT ORGS & CLUBS EVENTS

Dancing Divas (Majorette)
Try-Out:
Dates: Friday, Feb 2nd &
Saturday 3rd:
Time:6:30-8:30 PM
Sunday, Feb 4th:
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Mashouff Wellness Center, Studio 122
Email us at Dancingdivas.art@gmail.com if these changes prevent you from attending the tryouts! If you haven’t signed up yet , please do, so we can continue to send important information to your emails!

Black Caucus:
A Harlem Renaissance: Black Appreciation Ceremonies 

Date(s):
Thurs - February 8th (Black Women's)
Tues- February 13th (Black Men's)
Mon - February 19th (Black Elders)
Time: 7:00 pm PST 
Location: Jack Adams Hall, Ceaser Chavez 

 

Looking for Community? SF State has tons of Black student clubs and organizations to choose from! Find your tribe!

Start Here: The Black Chat (GroupMe)

Sorority/Fraternity Life 

Divine 9/NPHC

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Zeta Phi Beta
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Iota Phi Theta

Community-Based Organizations 

  • Black to the Future Form
  • Family Support & Advocacy
  • Workforce Development
  • Education
  • Violence Prevention
  • Mental Health & Wellness
     
  • Alkeme
    An organization centering the Black experience with content, tools and resources tuned for our joy, our history, and our growth.
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative
    Organization advancing health equity and social justice for Black women through policy, advocacy, education, research and leadership development.
  • Brother, You’re on My Mind 
    An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect Black men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in Black men.

 

Off-Campus Mental Health Services & Resources

  • Inclusive Therapist
    ( Reduced Fee Teletherapy) 
  • The Steve Fund
    A organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.
  • Black Men Heal
    Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men. 
  • Therapy for Black Girls:
    An online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.
  • Melanin and Mental Health
    Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance - (410) 338-2642 
    Provides information and resources and a “Find a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional. 
  • Therapists of Color
  • Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund
    With the barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups, the Loveland Therapy Fund provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy nationally.
  • Family Paths
    (Formerly Parental Stress Service) A non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provides a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families in Alameda County of the San Francisco Bay Area. Services include a 24-hour Parent Support Hotline, a Foster Parent Advice Line, CalWORKs Case Management, Positive Parenting Classes, and Family Yoga. They also provide counseling for children, adolescents, adults and families.

 

On Campus: Wellness Coach & CARES Well-Being Case Manager - Kenya Sullivan 

We're all about caring for our mental health at the Black Unity Center. Kenya Sullivan's got your back and is here to discuss any life challenges or community issues weighing you down. He focuses on assisting students in reducing distress levels and addressing concerning behaviors to provide support and reduce barriers to student success. 

Location: Zoom

ON-CAMPUS

SPRING 2024 PART-TIME JOB FAIR (Presented by CLD)
Thursday, February 15th 2024, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PST

Employers offer part-time positions at this in-person fair on February 15th, 12-3 pm in Jack Adams Hall within the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Resumes are recommended, make sure to visit CLD's career coaches to get them updated & polished. The event will be held rain or shine. Professional attire is highly advised!

AMAZON e-GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY
To be entered into the drawing for the Amazon e-Gift Card Giveaway, you must:

  • Be a current SF State Student (Alumni and CEL Student are not eligible)
  • Must REGISTER for the fair, and ATTEND
  • Complete a Post-Fair Survey

PRIZES
Winners will be announced one week following the fair.

Grand Prizes: Three (3) Amazon eGift Cards = valued at $100 each
Runner -Up Prizes: Eight (8) Amazon eGift Cards = valued at $25 each

OFF-CAMPUS JOBS/INTERNSHIPS

Improve Your Tomorrow - 

Are you ready to be a superhero for young men & women of color in your community, the nation, and beyond? If so, we're seeking awesome mentors who share our values of teamwork, character, service, and liberation. This epic opportunity Includes a year-long paid fellowship for college students and early-career pros of any gender. Let's start a movement!

Bi-Weekly Stipend
$680 = 20 hours per week
$850 = 25 hours per week
$1,360 = 40 hours per week

Learn More: 

https://www.improveyourtomorrow.org/

SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS:

The Sound of (Black) Music
February 29, 2024 
The McKenna theatre, LCA Live will be hosting "The Sound of (Black) Music." This event will showcase cultural experiences inspiring genres of Blues, Funk, Gospel, Hip-Hop, and R&B, which have had a profound impact on our society.

You can learn more about the show here: https://linktr.ee/thesoundofblackmusic

Tickets are now on sale here: https://sfsu.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1475

 

OAKLAND EVENTS:

The Revolutionary Art of Emory DouglasSunday, February 4 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Marcus Books | 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland

Happy Birthday Huey!
Saturday, February 17 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Black Panther Party Museum | 1427 Broadway, Oakland

Love the People Block Party
Sunday, February 18 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Mural House | 831 Center Street, Oakland

Bottled Spirits
|Saturday, February 18 | 6:00 PM
New Parkway Theatre | 474 24th Street, Oakland

Feed the Hood 
Saturday, February 24 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
7800 Macarthur Boulevard, Oakland

Black Planter Party
Saturday, February 24 | 2:00 PM
2340 Harrison Street, Oakland

Black Joy Parade
Sunday, February 25 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
14th and Franklin Street, Oakland

Black Panther Party National Park Community Gathering
Tuesday, February 27 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
DeFremery Park Auditorium | 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

 

HAYWARD EVENTS:

 

 

Black History Month Events

Black Wall of Fame
Date(s): MondayFebruary 5th
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00pm P
Location: Jack Adams Hall, Ceaser Chavez 

Chicken N Juice
Time
: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Rosa Parks, A-C CEASER CHAVEZ

USF X SFSU BSU
BLACK OUT BBQ COOKOUT

Time: 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Golden Gate, Hippie Hill

Black Joy Parade
Time: 12:30 pm to 6:00pm
Location: 14th Street & Franklin Street

Meet The Black Unity Center Team

Black Unity Team

CONTACT US:

Bucket Manyweather, Interim Director 
bucketmanyweather@sfsu.edu

Dalyce Brown, Outreach & Recruitment Specialist 
dalycebrown@sfsu.edu