Black Cultural Center

Our Mission

The Black Cultural Center promotes awareness of and appreciation for Black descent experiences (including African-American, Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and African Diaspora) and builds community through resources that enhance and strengthen cultural competence for the campus and surrounding communities.

Vision for the Future

The Black Cultural Center works to build a sense of belonging and community at William Paterson, with the goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of Black students, promote and explore the African diaspora experience, and serve as an affirming space for resources, advocacy and student success. Students are encouraged to use this space throughout the day. Structured meetings, workshops, and student services are facilitated in collaboration with the Academic Success Center, CASL, Career Center, faculty across Academic Affairs and affiliated student clubs and organizations.

To reserve the Black Cultural Center for a meeting or workshop, please contact BlackCulturalCenter@wpunj.edu.

Areas of Engagement:

Through proactive and inclusive outreach and programming, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Black Cultural Center will engage the entire campus in the creation of a climate of justice, equity and inclusion founded on knowledge, understanding and empathy. Initiatives will strategically map up to institutional goals related to student retention and success; positive campus climate; and student participation in high-impact practices. Strategic priorities are:

  • Strengthen Student Agency
  • Bolster Restorative Justice Practices
  • Provide Affinity-Based Support Services & Resources
  • Bolster Cultural Competency
  • Increase Representation and Visibility of Diverse Students

Upcoming Initiatives:

  • Greater Personal success: Level Up Series. This series assists students to go from GOOD to GREAT. Interactive workshops engage students to author their personal goals, explore the hidden curriculum and sharpen growth mindset and emotional intelligence. This program will be piloted Fall 2020.

  • Support Groups. Support Groups are a collaborative efforts with Counseling, Health & Wellness facilitated in the Black Cultural Center geared to promote growth mindset, resiliency, and coping strategies. 

    Join us every Wednesday’s at 1 p.m. for THE BRIDGE Support Group reconciling racial trauma and making sense of microaggressions in our every-day experience. Facilitated by Counseling, Health & Wellness: Ayana DaSilva, LCSW.
  • Signature Events. The Black Cultural Center and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion works collaboratively with New Student Programs, Campus Activities and Student Leadership, the Student Activities Programming Board, Student Government Association, and campus partners across the campus to provide enrichment programs that celebrate the rich diversity of our students. Please visit WP Calendar of Events and Pioneer Life to see the full range of programs.

Location

Student Center, Room 208

Hours

8:00 A.M. – 11:59 P.M.