Welcome to the Black Student Success Centre (BSSC)!

Our Vision - What We Aspire To Be And Do

The Black Student Success Centre is dedicated to supporting and championing the holistic (academic, personal and professional) success and overall well-being of Black/African descent students and fostering a positive Black student and athlete experience. The Centre is a safe space where students can meet, share, socialize and access specialized support and services.

Our Purpose – Why We Exist

Black students across Canadian universities sometimes feel isolated on campuses and are less likely to access student support services. The BSSC exists to connect Black students to the programs, people, and resources that will nurture their academic and personal growth. Our programmes and services focus on building a sense of belonging and safety amongst McMaster’s Black students.

Our Values & Approach to Work

We are guided by Ubuntu, an ancient African philosophy. Translated from the Xhosa language, Ubuntu means “I am because you Are.” Ubuntu emphasizes the importance of connection, community and collective empowerment and success.

Our Logo & What it Communicates

Designed by Aaron Parry, McMaster Graduate Student

Black represents the rich diversity of our shared stories and points of connection – embracing and including us all, across our intersecting identities.

Our Programs and Services

Thank you to our partners in University Advancement, The Office of the Registrar, The Student Success Centre, and The Student Wellness Centre for their partnership. All programs and services are available to Black-identified students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of study

Currently, the services we provide include:

  • Virtual and in-person General Check-in appointments (graduate and undergraduate) with Iyobosa, Faith Ogunkoya
  • Virtual and in-person Counselling appointments (graduate and undergraduate) with Ola M. Kuforiji 
  • Virtual Black Faculty Office Hours with ACFAM (African Caribbean Faculty Association at McMaster)
  • Virtual and in-person RO, Financial Aid Literacy & Coaching with Leon Cox

Black Student Success Centre Events

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2nd Annual Black Excellence Graduation Celebration

2nd Annual Black Excellence Graduation Celebration Event

SAVE THE DATE! The McMaster Black Student Success Centre is excited to announce the 2nd annual Black Excellence Graduation Celebration...

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May @ Mac Black Applicant Meet and Greet 2023

May @ Mac Black Applicant Meet and Greet 2023 Event

The Black Student Success Centre (BSSC) invites you to the Black Student Meet & Greet on May 13th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the...

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May @ Mac 2023

May @ Mac 2023 Event

You are invited to join McMaster University’s Black Student Success Centre during May @ Mac Saturday, May 13th. It will...

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Hamilton Youth Summit for Community Building

Hamilton Youth Summit for Community Building Event

We’ll have a presence at the Hamilton Centre for Centre for Civic Inclusion’s Black Youth Mentorship Program’s Hamilton Youth Summit...

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