Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence

The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence

About Us

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion established The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence in partnership with the Africana Studies Program in response to student organizing and racial awakening in the summer of 2020.

The Center’s main office is located in the Africana Studies Program suite in University Hall 2370. It also includes the Dr. Donald Baker Student Resource Room in University Hall 2380.


As a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the purpose of The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence is to:

  • Collaborate with campus and community partners to transform systems and develop programs to increase the number of African American University of Toledo graduates.
  • Enhance educational experiences for African American students by fostering a campus culture where students of color feel valued, supported, and equipped to reach their full potential.


The Center for Racial Equity & Black Student Excellence strives to provide the highest quality of programs and services to foster an atmosphere of academic excellence and affirmation where students attain their educational goals, engage the community and emerge as future leaders to create a more just and equitable society.


The Center’s Leadership Team focuses primarily on services and programming for Black students to graduate and excel in their careers. The staff's work does not duplicate other services on the campus. It concentrates on the special concerns that arise from the individual and collective academic experiences of  African American students on a predominately white campus. We use data-driven, research-based strategies to understand and improve policies and practices that will lead to academic success.

The Center assists students through: 

  • Academic support referrals
  • Intrusive case management
  • Advocacy
  • Personal and academic problem solving
  • Cultural support and discussions
  • Celebration of students' academic and personal successes


The Center partners with the UToledo Africana Studies Program to help students apply their knowledge of the African Diaspora through community-based, social justice learning experiences in Toledo and surrounding areas.

Last Updated: 6/27/22