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 2021, 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 seven pillars of the Nguzu Saba : Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self determination), Ujima (Collective work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Collective economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith). 

The Center is a Pan African cultural community of students who self identify with any the diverse identities represented within the African diaspora. We are part of an effort to elevate the level of African diasporic knowledge. This cultural community seeks to uplift and support its students academically, professionally and personally through advising and mentorship.  Our events and programs provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge of: self, scholarship rooted in Pan African epistemologies and occasions to celebrate and learn together. Through guest lectures, films and events the Center's programs educate the campus community about the Pan African diasporic experience.  Not holding a Pan African identity does not disqualify anyone from participation in any events or programs, we value cultural exchange and invite people from other backgrounds to ground with us.

HSU Black Lives Matter


The African American Center for Academic Excellence has a multifaceted mission

  • To support our student community in successfully navigating higher education by way of supplemental academic support, social opportunities and professional development. 
  • On an institutional level, we strive to address the representation of ideas rooted in Pan African epistemologies.
  • We apply intellectualism to the service of Black peoples; to develop scholars and scholarship that serves the liberation of our communities.
  • To challenge the overwhelming Eurocentrisation of information which dominates the university, while establishing informed students, faculty and administrators.
Students during Black Liberation Month Debate Night

My Black Book for Humboldt County.

A directory of POC owned businesses local to Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, McKinleyville, Samoa, and beyond. This project is a collaboration between the AACAE and Black Humboldt in hopes of bridging the gap between the Black students of HSU and the Black community of Humboldt County.