Department of Black Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara

Student & Alumni Spotlight

"Where are they NOW?"

A look at some of the Graduating Seniors from this past class of 2013-14. Take a second to get to know: Yoel Haile, Lauren O'Brien and Jorge Ramirez.


Student Spotlight:

Info: Yoel Haile

Graduated: 2013-2014 with Double Major in Black Studies & Political Science

Currently: Master of Public Policy (MPP) program at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.

Quote:I believe the critical thinking skills and intellectual training I received from the Black Studies Department will prove invaluable as I continue my education.I urge you to take advantage of the most incredible department UCSB has to offer and learn from our amazing faculty and students.


Info: Lauren O’Brien

Graduated: 2013-2014 with Major in Black Studies

Currently: Masters in History at Loyola University Chicago Graduate School

Quote:As an aspiring historian in Black History and Museum Curator/Educator I am very excited to explore the continuous opportunities I am being granted in Chicago! However, regardless of where life takes me, I will be a carrier of the love and wisdom bestowed upon me by the UCSB Black Studies Department.


Info: Jorge Ramirez

Graduated: 2013-2014 with Double Major in Black Studies & Sociology

Currently: PhD student in History at University of California, San Diego

Quote:The Black Studies Department has been crucial in my academic pursuits while teaching me the importance of bridging university-community work through community-based projects, the critical mentorship from faculty, and the valuable lessons of history. Furthermore, the Black Studies Department pushes me to continue listening to the voices most marginalized in our society, and how their situated knowledge can teach us about the possibilities for a new future being crafted today.”                                                                 



During the upcoming Winter 2015 quarter, inaugural Ella Baker Visiting Professor: Shana Redmond...

On Monday the UCSB Black Student Union organized a "Hands Up, Walk Out" gathering in front of Storke Tower to create a space for members of the UCSB community to discuss feelings, receive comfort and stand in solidarity with Ferguson following the events that transpired this past week.


Are YOU in need of an amazing, small classroom setting course for the upcoming Winter 2015 quarter at UCSB??

If so, take a deep breath...relax...and enroll one of these incredible 191AA-ZZ or 193AA-ZZ Upper Division Seminars via GOLD!

Please email: (jtapiro@blackstudies.ucsb.edu) if you have any questions.

Faculty Spotlight


Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, Chair of the Department of Black Studies at UCSB, and Dr. Gaye Johnson, Associate Professor in Black Studies at UCSB, were interviewed and featured on KEYTV's news segment: "UC Santa Barbara Professors Weigh in on National Police Protests" which was published on December 8th, 2014.

Click on the link below to listen to the KEYTV interview blurb and view the full article!




Notable Excerpts:

  • Dr. Johnson: "A black person is killed every 28 hours by police in this country; this is a problem that we have had for a long time. It didn't start with Mike Brown or Trayvon Martin.  It doesn't end with Eric Garner."
  • Dr. Stewart: "Here is a person that's basically dead for no reason, yet there is no indictment. So that leads many people to feel and reinforce the belief in the black community that you can be killed with impunity in America and there is no justice."


Jeffrey Stewart, Chair of the Department of Black Studies at UCSB, was also featured as a guest on KCRW's To The Point radio program to discuss the Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict. "Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice" poses this question to listeners: "Do America’s multiple justice systems provide equal treatment under the law, or do they perpetuate the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow?".

Click on the link below to listen to the full episode!





(Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, marching with the community through Downtown Santa Barbara this past Tuesday Night in solidarity with Ferguson)

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University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-3150
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