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 Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards Application Support with Kennishia Boahene
  • Virtual Black Faculty Office Hours with ACFAM (African Caribbean Faculty at McMaster)
  • Virtual and in-person RO, Financial Aid Literacy & Coaching with Leon Cox

Black Student Success Centre Events

Reverend John C Holland Awards

Reverend John C Holland Awards Event

The Hamilton Black History Council is delighted to announce that the 27th Annual Reverend John C. Holland Awards, themed The...

In Conversation… Embracing Intersections: Blackness and Disability

In Conversation… Embracing Intersections: Blackness and Disability Event

The Black Student Success Centre is proud to host an honest conversation about critically advancing supports for Black students with...

Black History Month Banner

BHM Kick Off: Black Expo Black Businesses in MUSC Atrium and Digital Museum

BHM Kick Off: Black Expo Black Businesses in MUSC Atrium and Digital Museum Event

Wednesday Feb. 1 is the first day of Black History Month – a month-long celebration of the contributions and achievements...

Black History Month 2023

Black History Month 2023 Event

It’s OFFICIALLY the time of year where we ramp up for BHM at McMaster 2023! Check out the official #BHMatMAC2023 logo! Read...