Black Excellence documents student success stories, on college/university and primary/secondary schools, through multimedia and film. We seek to highlight Black Students’ stories of their perseverance in obtaining their undergraduate degrees.

Our pilot, the Black Excellence Campaign, has launched at California State University - East Bay. The project will bring attention to institutional best practices that are crucial to enhance Black Student success. The project not only seeks to communicate historical trends and patterns of this subgroup, but to also strengthen support for Black Students by promoting a culture of inclusivity, encouraging collaboration and conversation, and informing responsible and thoughtful action.

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Meet the Creators

Highlighting Student Success
Black Excellence was co-created by Sarah Aubert, Academic Programs & Services Analyst, and Steven Cleveland, Ethnic Studies Entitled Lecturer & History Lecturer, Diversity and Inclusion Student Center - African American Fellow, in partnership with Cal State East Bay’s Institutional Effectiveness and Research department. As first generation college students themselves, Sarah and Steven are uniquely qualified to understand the challenges that can lead to student success or failure, and are deeply passionate about sharing our students' stories.


Steven Cleveland

Project Co-Lead, Ethnic Studies Entitled Lecturer & History Lecturer, Co-Chair, African American Faculty & Staff Association (AAFSA) Cal State Univ.- East Bay

What's next?
Lessons from the past on the future of social equity

Tom Cheesewright speaks to Professor Steven Cleveland about his work on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's time in Hawaii and the lessons from the past about the future of social equity.

Future Proof Your Career

Podcast with Tom Cheesewright & Kathrine McNamara
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Black Excellence Project Shares Alumni Success Stories

Steven Cleveland & Sarah Aubert explore how they use social media to bring attention to the institutional best practices that are crucial to Black student success.

CSUEB | News Center

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A King in Paradise Event

Steven Cleveland leads a groundbreaking project that breaks down the cross-generational understanding of Black History and our current Black Lives Moment.

Olelo Community Media

An Oʻahu’s Nonprofit
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Black Excellence Project 2024

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