Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence

The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence

About Us

The Center for Racial Equity and Black Student Excellence was established by the Division of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in partnership with the Africana Studies Program in response to racial unrest and awakening in the summer of 2020 to address disparities in student academic outcomes.

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


The condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares.

  • When we use the term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation.
  • This includes eliminating policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to stop them.
  • The systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.


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

  • Improve racial equity in student academic outcomes.
  • Foster a campus culture where all students feel valued, supported, and equipped to reach their full potential.

The Center’s Leadership Team focuses primarily on services and programming for Black students to graduate and excel in their careers. Still, it includes all URM populations, including Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

The Center aligns with The University of Toledo Core Values—Excellence, Student Centeredness, Research and Scholarship, Professionalism and Leadership, Diversity.


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.


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: 9/13/21