Office of Black Student Success
and Initiatives



The Office of Black Student Success and Initiatives (OBSSI) seeks to connect students of the African Diaspora at FAU to support services, initiatives, programs and resources that prepare them for success beyond graduation; and to raise awareness across the university community of disparities impacting African/Black student success. Students of the African Diaspora consist of individuals of native African origin living outside of the continent regardless of their citizenship and nationality.



As part of the Center for Inclusion, Diversity Education, and Advocacy (IDEAs), the Office of Black Student Success and Initiatives (OBSSI) seeks to:

  • Holistically empower and develop Black students for academic and career success through educational, cultural and social programs
  • Promote an understanding of the role and impact of the African/Black experience and heritage in our lives and society; as well as, serve students from a variety of backgrounds while seeking to promote academic success, professional development, and community
  • Increase awareness of, and affirm, African Diaspora/Black scholarship, historical and current experiences, culture, and leadership through innovative educational initiatives for all students
  • Create leadership and intercultural competence opportunities to support student learning and development, which support and enhance the educational experience
  • Strengthen and build community bonds, encourage positive Black identity, and promote personal and professional growth



Programs, events and initiatives presented by the Office of Black Student Success and Initiatives are centered on the following six pillars of programming: Cultural, Financial, Educational, Social, Mental, Spiritual.



Ubuntu New Student Gathering

The Ubuntu New Student Gathering is designed by Black students, faculty, and staff to welcome new Black students to Florida Atlantic University during the traditional Weeks of Welcome program. Join us for an engaging time structured to create a smooth transition to college life, acclimate students to on and off-campus resources, address the needs of students of the African Diaspora at FAU, and build community with Black students, faculty, and staff.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Address & Day of Service

A commemorative event honoring the legacy and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Participants have the opportunity to attend the keynote address and give back to the community in service through a local organization.


Black History Month

In conjunction with various student organizations and University partners, the OBSSI coordinates and sponsors activities and programs designed to celebrate the contributions of the people of the African Diaspora.



Liberating Conversations

A discussion platform that focuses on helping students make meaning of life experiences and address critical issues, identity formation, cultural complexities, financial literacy, spiritual identity, mental health, and racial and social justice.


Ujima Town Hall

A communal assembly and platform committed to celebrating Black excellence by cultivating community, sharing knowledge, and amplifying voices in culture in order to increase awareness of collective work and responsibility.


Sankofa Collective Study

An open study group aimed at empowering the community through education. This learning space focuses on the study of the history of people of African descent from a lens of liberation by reaching back to gather the best of what our past has to teach us so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.


Support Services

Through university and community partnerships, the Office of Black Student Success and Initiatives connects students to university resources, programs and services that foster academic success, career readiness and personal growth, such as: Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Tutoring, Career Coaching, Health and Wellness, Advocacy