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, 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.


Dr. Lawrence Mbuagbaw

Black Faculty Office Hours

Black Faculty Office Hours Event

Winter Term: Various Dates and Times

When you

When You Are Black History

When You Are Black History Event

We wish to celebrate who you are and the unique value and contributions you bring, being the first or the...

Black Student Mental Health Peer Support

Black Student Mental Health Peer Support Group

Black Student Mental Health Peer Support Group Event

It’s time to reclaim your mental health and wellness. Black students, take lead in being a part of creating a...

Meet your Black Counsellors

Meet Your Black Counsellors Registration

Meet Your Black Counsellors Registration Event

Meet Your Black Counsellors: Carla Glanville MA, DTATI, RP & Glenda van der Leeuw, M.S.W, R.S.W