BAEC - Signature Events

Honoring MLK with Dr. Yusef Salaam

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration


Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the annual MLK legacy celebration event. The Black Academic Excellence Center awards a community member who upholds the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by leading with love and hope to create a better campus for all. Previous guest speakers include Cornel West, a renowned professor, philosopher, author, and Yusef Salaam, a member of the falsely convicted/exonerated "Central Park Five" and prison reform activist..


Black History Month Kick-Off

Black History Month


February is Black History Month and we are honored to celebrate the history and countless achievements of the African Diaspora. To partake in the celebration of this month, we invite you to join in several opportunities to engage in meaningful and transformative programs organized by BAEC and the campus community.

2022 BHM Calendar Here!

State of Blackness

State of Blackness

February 24, 5-6:30 PM

State of Blackness is an annual panel event that brings the experiences of Black/African American identified individuals to light. The panel discussion is a call to action to enhance and support initiatives.

Zoom Registration

Black Commencement

Black Commencement


Black Commencement, in collaboration with the Black faculty & staff association, is an annual celebration recognizing the culture and accomplishments of the Cal Poly African American graduating class. This commencement is also a time when students are able to thank their families and friends for their support along the way. Distinguished speakers, special student awards, live performances, and the tradition of wearing kente cloth stoles hand-woven from Africa, all add to the vibrancy.


Black Fall Welcome

Black Fall Welcome


The Black Academic Excellence Center hosts the annual Black Fall Welcome for new first-year and transfer students. This is an opportunity for new Cal Poly students to be welcomed by faculty, staff, and current students and come together in community!






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