About Us

Our Story

The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs began as the Black Student Services Department in 1977 under the Department of Campus Life.

The Black Student Services Department began in part as an outcry by Black students who felt a lack of services and resources geared towards them. Student leaders of the Black Student Union, as well as other students worked towards increasing admission and enrollment rates, increasing the hiring of faculty and staff, and increasing programming that led to the creation of services geared toward this community.

From its inception, the primary goal of the department has been the retention of Black students as they matriculate through the Trojan experience toward graduation, while maintaining a holistic environment that students can develop academically, culturally, professionally and socially

Mission & Vision

The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA) provides intentional, holistic, scholarly and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen the understanding of Black diasporic heritage. It enhances the academic, cultural, leadership and social development of the entire USC community.

CBCSA Pillars of Success

Cultural Investment

The acknowledgment, celebration and engagement of Black culture and its impact on society as well as individual identity.

Community Building and Engagement

To work individually and collectively towards what is true, just and right; to instill harmony, reciprocity and balance in all our relationships with ourselves, our people, our communities and communities that share those values.

Collaborative Partnerships

To work collaboratively towards economic and social justice, while providing opportunities for exposure to resources and life-changing experiences.

Social & Professional Development

To help enrich the quality of Black community life this will encompasses leadership, professionalism, soft-skills and academic development

Student Empowerment

To equip students to be able to advocate for themselves and for resources needed for student support and success.

Student Wellness

To focus on the wellness of students holistically and support students' health and healing.

Our Staff

Greedley Harris, III (He/Him/His)

Center Director, CBCSA

Greedley F. Harris III currently serves as the Center Director for the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. He is a Southern California native that has dedicated his professional career to student success and being an advocate for underrepresented populations.

Damarea Parker (He, Him, His)

Center Supervisor, CBCSA

Damarea Parker currently serves as the Center Supervisor at the Center for Black Culture and Student Affairs at USC. With over 7+ years of experience in higher education, he is a proud Southern California native, former foster youth, and first-generation professional whose passion is helping minoritized/underrepresented men and women.

Cultural Ambassadors:

Kameron Brown (1)

Kameron

Senior

Jaya Hinton

Jaya

Junior

Marshall Davis

Marshall

Senior

Tyra  Beck

Tyra

Senior

Ambi Butler

Ambi

Senior

Give to the CBCSA

If you would like to support the CBCSA’s mission to best serve Black students, please see our donation page at the following link.