AASD Programs

Black Student Orientation

Black Student Orientation (Blackso) is for 1st year and incoming transfer students.  This year's Black Student Orientation will be held on August 14, 2017 from 9:00am-5:00pm.  

Below are frequently asked questions and answers:

1. Since the orientation will be held in 3 different places, where should we go first?

Registration and morning snacks will be inside of Birge Hall starting at 9:00am. For more assistance, check Google Maps. Full day agenda's will be provided at registration.

2. What time do I need to be there?

Registration starts at 9am

3. What is the attire?
Comfortable and casual. 
4. What is the Black World Tour?
The Black World Tour is hosted by Black Campus Ministries. It is a tour around Berkeley and Oakland that showcases Black Owned Businesses. The Black World Tour takes students around the bay area to places that are beneficial for their college experience.  Dinner will be provided.  If you did not rsvp to attend through your Orientation invite, there will be an opportunity to sign-up for the tour at registration.  Space is based on availability.
5. Why do I get an early move-in date of August 13th to my Resident Hall?
If you RSVP'd to Black Student Orientation, residential services assigned you an early move in date and time to allow you to attend Black Student Orientation on August 14th, the date that most other students move-into the resident halls.
 6. What about if I do not live on campus?
If you do not live on campus, please plan your move in date to allow you to be available for Black Student Orientation on August 14, 2017.
7. After I filled out the first RSVP form, what should I do ?
There is another form to fill out. This form will let you choose which workshops you want to go to and will help you get added to the Black Community groups at Berkeley. Please fill this form out by August 7,2017 by 11:59pm http://tinyurl.com/BlackSO17-Pt2
8. Will there be food?
Yes indeed! Breakfast and Lunch! 


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. Applications for the 2017/2018 academic year will be available in Cesar Chavez 247 and Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center starting September 2017.

African American Theme Program Seminar through African American Studies 194A/B “Introduction to the University: Navigating the University through a Multi-Cultural Lens.”

AAS 194A/B— Navigating the University 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/B is offered for 2 units.

Student Group Day/Yard Show

The annual Student Group Day/Yard Show 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!

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 Showcase

The Black History Month Showcase hosts an educational and entertaining production contributed to by the black community. Last year’s theme, “Black Experience through Expression,” illuminated the impact made by Black activists and artists throughout history. The showcase exhibits 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.