We are no stranger to resilience and this unprecedented time will require that we once again tap into our ability to create something out of nothing. While the Center and campus are closed until further notice, we will be creating opportunities to stay plugged in with our student community. Follow our IG page @aacaehsu, continue checking your email and our website for opportunities to connect. To our class of 2020, we will be reaching out to you soon with updates. If there are questions or concerns specific to the Center, please reach out to the Coordinator via email at douglas.smith@humboldt.edu.

The African American Center for Academic Excellence stands on the following five pillars: Educate, Innovate, Elevate, Advocate, and Celebrate.

The Center’s programming educates the campus community about the Black diasporic experience. Through guest lectures, films and programming, we add to the intellectual landscape on campus. We also recognize that Humboldt State is a uniquely situated campus with many traditions. The AACAE is a new space and we honor those traditions while exploring innovative ways to support HSU students and the campus community. The Center is part of a larger campus-wide effort to elevate the campus climate. We contribute to existing and developing efforts to make the campus more welcoming and inclusive.The Center staff operates with an orientation towards service leadership. We may not always have a solution to your problem, but we will look for ways to help and advocate for students. We also recognize how important it is to acknowledge student achievements and will seek to celebrate student accomplishments and Black culture more generally. 

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The mission of the African American Center for Academic Excellence is to cultivate, coordinate and contribute to institutional efforts to support Humboldt State University students that identify as African American, Black, and/or of African descent. Through social and academic programming, campus collaborations, and a commitment to advancing the rich cultural and intellectual heritage of the Black community and the African diaspora, the AACAE provides students with institutional knowledge and advocacy, quality support services, as well as opportunities for leadership and identity development.



The AACAE sends out weekly announcements regarding upcoming events and opportunities on campus. If you would like to be added to our email list, please contact the Center's Coordinator and request to be added to the list.