Graduates of BASE in full regalia gather in St Ignatius Church.

Black Achievement Success and Engagement

The Black Achievement Success and Engagement (BASE) initiative provides a foundation for students to grow, learn, discover, and thrive. By offering high-impact academic and extracurricular programs that center on the unique and yet varied experiences of students of African descent, BASE equips students with the knowledge, resources, skills, and support necessary to turn their dreams into reality.

USF's mission calls us to identify ways to alleviate the marginalization and isolation experienced by black students and ensure their academic and co-curricular success. The Black Achievement Success and Engagement Program aims to do just that by building a more accessible, inclusive, and empowering campus for our black students."

Julie Orio
Vice President, Student Life


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Black Scholars Program

The Black Scholars Program is a rigorous and competitive academic program, grounded in Jesuit values, that seeks to provide high-achieving Black students with the resources, skills, and support necessary to achieve personal and professional excellence.


Three students pose together, all wear shirts that read "Life. Liberty. And the pursuit of Blackness."

Black Resource Center

The Black Resource Center provides a safe, supportive space for undergraduate and graduate students of African descent to connect with each other to receive academic, spiritual, mentoring, and emotional support services.

Two staffers at the involvement fair work at a resource table

Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community

The Marshall-Riley Living-Learning Community offers a fun and engaging learning environment for freshman and sophomore students who share an interest in the historical, intellectual, and political traditions of Black Americans, and want to engage more deeply with the local Bay Area Black community through community engaged learning coursework.

Marshall Riley Living Community students
Emille Lawrence, PhD, BASE Senior Director
Kalmanovitz 353
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Kevin Collymore, Assistant Dean, Retention and Persistence Programs
Black Resource Center
Gleeson Library 234

Monday – Friday
10am – 5pm

LaShirine Howard, BASE Program Manager
University Center 306
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117