Rose Black Resource Center



On March 21, 2017, The Rose Black Resource Center was established to help turn around a continuous ten-year decline in Black student enrollment and low graduation rates at CSUDH. The center’s name, “The Rose,” was inspired by Tupac Shakur’s poem “The Rose That Grew from Concrete,” and symbolizes the success and resiliency of Black students despite organizational and institutional barriers. “The Rose” was also given an additional meaning by Elaine Brown, former chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, after her visit to The Rose Black Resource Center. “The Rose” pays homage to the poem “Black Mother,” written by the late Alprentice “Bunchy” Carter, another former leader of The Black Panther Party's Los Angeles chapter.


The Rose Black Resource Center (RBRC) aims to provide a safe and inclusive space that promotes the academic, cultural, and social development of Black students in order to increase enrollment, engagement, retention, and graduation rates.


The Rose Black Resource Center (RBRC) strives to be recognized by the University and its campus partners as the nucleus for Black student, staff, faculty, and alumni collaboration and engagement.  


The following values serve as a framework and guide the development of our programs and services:

  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Culture
  • Collegiate Success
  • Civic Engagement

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