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Black Academic Excellence Initiative

UC San Diego’s Black Academic Excellence Initiative helps strengthen support for our Black campus community. This initiative increases scholarship funds to retain our undergraduate students.

Benefits to the Campus

Diversity of thought and ideas significantly enriches the academic experience and improves the depth and breadth of the experience for all students. Our Black students —that have been historically underrepresented at UC San Diego—contribute to this rich teaching and learning environment.

Why Now?

Of all ethnic groups completing campus climate assessments, Black students, faculty and staff report that they are least satisfied with their experience at UC San Diego. Low numbers of Black peers lead to generally feeling disconnected from campus.

It is important that we acknowledge, and not ignore, the current racial climate in the United States and the histories that produced it. As one of the world’s best public universities, we can start by changing our own campus, fostering an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion for our Black community.

The Scholarship

UC San Diego and the Black Alumni Council are partnering to strengthen support of Black students. The Black Academic Excellence Initiative will help grow the existing Black Alumni Scholarship Fund established by the UC San Diego Black Alumni Council in partnership with The San Diego Foundation. Gifts will support privately administered scholarships for admitted Black undergraduates to enhance campus recruitment and retention efforts.

If you have questions about supporting the Black Academic Excellence Initiative, contact UC San Diego Director of Development John Duca at (858)534-8305 or