Center for Black Culture

The Center for Black Culture (CBC) at Drexel University serves as a hub of information, activity, and community for Black students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. The CBC aims to increase knowledge, recognition, and respect of the people, histories, and cultures of the African diaspora and its many contributions to the world. All programs and services offered through the CBC are open to members of the Drexel community who want to gain a greater understanding of the Black experience and support a welcoming and wholly inclusive campus environment.

Sharde Johnson, MS

Executive Director
Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Preferred Pronouns: she/her

Center for Black Culture

Rush Building30 N. 33rd Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Rae Coleman

Assistant DirectorCenter for Black CulturePreferred Pronouns: she/herRush Building30 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

BIPOC Support

BIPOC-identified students can access support from the BIPOC Specialist Robia Smith-Herman from the Counseling Center through individual Drop-ins, group therapy, and online workshops.

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Center for Black Culture
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  • Partner with the Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion (SCDI) to support the intersectional identities of students across the African diaspora.
  • Engage and empower students through academic, social, and cultural programs and initiatives.
  • Celebrate the depth of Black traditions, customs, experiences, and contributions.
  • Develop relationships with University partners to increase educational opportunities and resources.
  • Support and encourage Black student leadership development and advocacy through intentional programming and workshops.
  • Collaborate with Black student and affinity groups on campus to strengthen Drexel's Black community.
  • Provide a safe space to promote and encourage physical and emotional wellness through collaborations with University departments, community groups, and other resources.
  • Empower students to make meaningful contributions, both on campus and beyond, through social development, community engagement, and cultural appreciation.
Featured photographs in the CBC’s rotating gallery space
Center for Black Culture Gallery

In partnership with the Drexel Founding Collection, a rotating gallery space has opened in the CBC on the first floor of the Rush Building to showcase artwork from Drexel students, faculty, and professional staff as well as the surrounding communities that portray Black experiences, beauty, and contributions to music, athletics, and Philadelphia. Pictured is the first exhibition, That Was Yesterday, May 30, 2020, featuring photographs by Nick Guzzo. Photo credit: Lynn Clouser

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