Dr. McDougal is the inaugural Director of BUC!

August 18, 2017
Africana studies students and faculty at semi-annual luncheon
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Congratulations to Dr. Serie McDougal III, the inaugural Director of SF state’s first Black Unity Center (BUC)!

BUC has been an ongoing demand from SF State’s historic Black Student Union (BSU) from 1966 through 2016. Help us applaud the inaugural Director and the student activists, the student leadership of historic organizations, such as BSU, as well as staff, faculty and administrative leaders that united to address the fifty-year demand for the establishment of a Black Student Center at SF State.

As Director, Dr. McDougal, provides guidance, consultation and assistance in the development, review and revision of departmental/unit policies and procedures so as to minimize barriers to educational equity for Black students and to enhance access, success, retention and graduation for Black students. The director provides guidance on the development of culturally responsive programing and co-curriculum and work collaboratively with Academic Affairs colleagues on promoting culturally relevant curriculum. Further, the Director ensures that assessment of program impact and learning outcomes occur on a regular basis, so as to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s efforts. In all efforts, the Director will be informed by a philosophy that inclusive excellence requires both the institution to critically examine itself and adapt/change structurally and systemically, as well as individual students to expand their capacities.

Dr. McDougal has served as Chair of Africana Studies at SF State. He has served as faculty adviser to several Africana/ Black student organizations for the past decade. He has received multiple awards for his book, Research Methods in Africana Studies.

Black Unity Center Events:

Black Unity Center Welcome Event, Tuesday, Septmeber 5, 2017 at 6pm in the Towers Conference Center, SF State

Mbongi Talk: Harlem 2 Tokyo by Dawn-Elissa & Cheryl Fischer, Tuesday, Septmeber 19, 2017 at 11am in the Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, SF State

Duane Deterville speaks on The Future Blackwards: Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture, Thursday, October 3, 2017 at 5pm to 7pm in the Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, SF State

Mbongi Talk: Homeplace Theory by Doñela Wright Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11a-12:30p in EP 116in the Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, SF State

Mbongi Talk: Black Social Fathers by Serie McDougal, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 11a-12:30p in the Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, SF State

Mbongi Talk: Investigating the Experiences of Black Students Studying Biology at a Diverse University, by Analisa Brown,Tuesday, November 28 at 11a-12:30p in the Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, SF State