Annual Programs and Services include...

Student Leadership Conferences
Sister 2 Sister
Summer Leadership Retreat

Homecoming and Alumni BBQ
Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
Black History Month and Beyond
Sit-In and Study

Kente Stole Ceremony
Adelante Ceremony

Mission
Program Goals
Mentee Experience
Mentor Experience

Student Leadership Conferences

Each year the CBC supports student participation at several national leadership conferences. These professional development experiences feature speakers, leadership workshops and networking opportunities that motivate students to return to campus and lead by example.

Sister 2 Sister

Using Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Women” poem as a base, undergraduate Black women involved with Sister 2 Sister are encouraged to explore and discuss issues that impact their daily lives. The group meets bimonthly and incorporates real talk, field trips, and guest speakers. The CBC encourages participants to embrace truth as a vehicle towards self-acceptance, building and maintaining strong relationships, setting realistic and attainable goals, while achieving academic and personal excellence.

Summer Leadership Retreat

This two-day retreat is an opportunity for students to strengthen their leadership skills while building relationships with other leaders on campus. The retreat features various workshops and team building opportunities.

Leadership and Community Development

Cultural and Educational Programming

Black History Month Extravaganza 2013 ft. Maya Angelou

Homecoming and Alumni BBQ

Each year, the CBC partners with the UD Black Alumni Organization to host Black alumni along with current students at a BBQ and tailgate around the football game.

Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

Kwanzaa is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement. It is a time of reaffirming African American people, their ancestors, and culture. Since its founding in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa has come to be observed by more than 18 million people worldwide. The CBC celebrates Kwanzaa in late November or early December with a feast, speaker, and various cultural performances.

Black History Month and Beyond

Beginning in February and running through March, the CBC sponsors a variety of cultural and educational programs. Past guests include Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Melissa Harris Perry, Common, Danny Glover, Nikki Giovanni, Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Julian Bond, Myrlie Evers, Dr. Cornel West, Duke Ellington Show Choir, Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, Philadanco, and Ailey American Dance Theater.

SIt-In and Study

Sit-In and Study is a monthly academic initiative held on select Sundays that fosters a culture of study and community among Black and Latinx students. Upon completion of the study session, students gather for a “Sunday dinner.” This dinner allows them the opportunity to meet new people, socialize and have a dialogue about topics impacting their daily lives on campus.

Kente Stole Ceremony

This ceremony recognizes the achievements of Black graduating seniors the evening before commencement. Through a musical performance, words of encouragement, and a stole presentation, this event allows students and families to celebrate the extraordinary milestone of college graduation.

Adelante Ceremony

This ceremony recognizes the achievements of Latinx and Hispanic graduating seniors the day before commencement. Through a musical performance, words of encouragement, and a stole presentation, this event allows students and families to celebrate the extraordinary milestone of college graduation.

Student Recognition

Each One Reach One Mentoring Program

Making a Difference since 1994

EORO Impact: Amber Griffith

Being a EORO mentee made me feel like I was in the loop for all the social events around campus. I never had a boring weekend because my mentor kept me up to date on what was happening around campus.

EORO Impact: Jonathan C. Harris

EORO mentors serve as great helpers/resources to make you feel acclimated in no time. My EORO mentor gave me the support and help I needed to become involved in activities. With his support, I am now an Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a Resident Assistant, and a new EORO Mentor myself.

EORO Impact: Petra Palmer

For me, EORO was the program that helped me break out of my shell. I was very shy and introverted when I started college; however, being involved in EORO as a Mentee and a Coordinator helped me open up and get to know people.

EORO Impact: Markus Johnson

EORO played an intricate part of my development as a minority student at UD. As a freshman, my mentor introduced me to the different social groups on campus. As an upperclassman, I became a mentor and later a mentor coordinator. Through the leadership training and retreats, I helped to guide many young leaders, which in turn, assisted in my growth as a student leader, by laying the foundation for my career. This program is very necessary and full of great experiences.

Applications are open now for 2019 EORO mentees!

Each first-year student will be expected to meet at least twice a month with their assigned mentor. In addition, attending academic success, cultural and social events will also be required. The 2019 priority application deadline is Friday, July 26.

Mission

Each One Reach One (EORO) is a peer mentoring program created by the Center for Black Culture to assist first-year Black students in their transition to the University of Delaware. The program pairs a first-year student with a current upperclass student to serve as a guide and resource throughout their first academic year. By providing participants with a positive co-curricular experience, we hope to improve the retention and matriculation rates of first-year Black students at the University of Delaware (UD). In the spirit of Kuumba (Kwanzaa Principle), “We do as much as we can…in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.”

Program Goals

  • Foster an environment of community and belonging among participants
  • Promote and encourage co-curricular involvement
  • Matriculate all first-year participants to their second year
  • Raise awareness of services and programs offered by the Center for Black Culture and the broader UD support community.

The EORO Mentee Experience

  • Participate in one-on-one and group mentoring throughout your first year at UD
  • Attend free social activities, cultural events, and education/leadership workshops specifically designed for EORO participants to meet other first-year students and learn about different resources to help them succeed in college
  • Become eligible to apply for a scholarship award that can be used to assist with textbook or study abroad costs
  • Receive free and discounted tickets to some of UD’s premier concerts and events

The EORO Mentor Experience

  • Assist new students in having a smooth first-year experience
  • Explore leadership and professional development opportunities
  • Receive free and discounted tickets to some of UD’s premier concerts and events
  • Build your resume
  • Receive an annual stipend