AACRAO Black Caucus


March 29, 2021

AACRAO's Black Caucus issues statement in support of AAPI community

"The Black Caucus stands in firm solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community who have been targets of heinous acts of violence and discrimination. We must not be silent on these issues, but be champions for change when we witness implicit or explicit acts of racism, discrimination, or any form of injustice and violence." - incoming Caucus Chair, Bianca-Thompson-Owen

October 30, 2020

Commitment Pledge

The Black Caucus invites SEM attendees and the membership as a whole to take the Commitment Pledge. Learn More

July 23, 2020

March on Washington

The Black Caucus invites you to participate in the National Action Network's (NAN) ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ Commitment March on Washington. Join your AACRAO community as they march for racial and social justice. Learn More

June 4, 2020

Black Caucus Town Hall

"I can't breath."
The isolation caused by the pandemic has intensified the pain we fell and at the same time emboldened our purpose to press forward. We need each other’s unconditional support. 

All are welcome to join the Black Caucus Townhall on June 4 at 12 p.m. (ET) to talk, type, and/or listen as we continue to pray for and work toward justice and peace for all. View the Recording

What our members are doing on their campuses

NaturalHairStoryTiffani Robertson | Associate Director of Admissions, Governors State University

An active member of AACRAO's Black Caucus, and the current Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Tiffani exercises her empowerment through rocking her natural curls. Tiffani's institution held a Natural Hair Festival last week in celebration of black women and their natural hair journeys. Students, faculty, and staff participated--including Tiffani, with her own personal journey. 

"I have always loved changing up my hairstyles.  Between sew-ins, braids, and just regular wrap styles, I would perm my hair.  Every 6 weeks like clockwork, I was getting a touch up. One day I woke and said 'But, why?!' Why was I continuing to put chemicals in my hair, only to change up my style the next day? I decided to let the perm go about 6 years ago.  Now, I am either rocking my natural curls (usually after bantu knotting my hair), braids, or crochets.  

I love being versatile with my hair but there is nothing like actually rocking my natural hair.  I feel empowered, especially when other ladies say they like my natural hair or they wish they could rock their natural hair too. To which I say thank you and you can too sis, just do it!"

Philip Hunt CCPhilip Hunt | University Registrar, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Philip is the marketer for all the valuable work that the Black Caucus does. He is highly involved in AACRAO, taking over the shared Instagram MyAACRAO account to walk us through a typical day at his institution. But Philip doesn't just showcase other members' work - he actively implements change on his own campus. 

“As there are few offices on campus that impact the educational experience of many different groups of people, who include students (current and prospective), parents, faculty, staff and alumni as the registrar’s office,  I feel it is my professional duty to advocate for those constituents by serving on our university’s diversity and inclusion committee.

Having professional experience in advancing access and inclusion initiatives, I jumped at the opportunity to serve on our campus committee, especially at a time when our state is questioning the value of diversity programming on campuses in South Dakota. When called upon, I helped the attorney for the Board of Regents respond to legislators when they inquired about our diversity and multicultural programs by not only articulating the importance of these programs to our students but the impact of these programs on the State of South Dakota and the future success of our global economy.”



Monique Wilson CCMonique Wilson | Office of the Registrar, UNC Charlotte

Monique Wilson is an active member of the Black Caucus, most recently partaking in the February Book Club discussion about Oprah Winfrey's book The Path Made Clear. As part of the staff of the Office of the Registrar at UNC Charlotte, she was ecstatic to be part of bringing Dr. Angela Davis, a political activist, historian, Professor Emerita and acclaimed author to their campus and speak on the topic of resilience as it relates to systemic racial oppression. 

The event was held at UNC Charlotte's library, with hundreds in attendance. The recording of the event will be posted on the UNC Charlotte's library website shortly. 



Cassandra Moore, Director of Enrollment Development & Admissions at Anne Arundel Community College

The Vice President Elect for Access and Equity at AACRAO, Cassandra doesn't just talk the talk, but advocates for opportunities to diminish barriers to access, equity and inclusion. Anne Arundel Community College has long been committed to improving the student experience and changing their lives by identifying strategies that will allow them to embed the goals and values of diversity and inclusion into the daily work carried out by every office and department, including staff and faculty. Much of the professional development is implemented through the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Leadership (IDEAL). The college has received the Higher Education in Diversity (HEED) award for the last three years.

Some Black History Month events Anne Arundel Community College is hosting:

  • "What Happened to Chocolate City," a documentary screening
  • "Dancing through the Flames: How DC Dances Survived 1968," film screening and discussion
  • "Malcolm X: The Ballot or Bullet," a discussion
  • "Empowering Entrepreneurship," a workshop
  • "Black Male Summit," an event designed to encourage and support individuals

And professional development opportunities the campus is hosting:

  • Webinar: White Privilege: What is It Really? How Can It Be Used to Help Others Who Lack That Privilege?
  • Courageous Conversations, a series about race protocol: Facilitating Difficult Conversations
  • Understanding and Interrupting Unconscious Bias
  • A Thousand Little Cuts: Microaggressions, Microinsults and Microinvalidations



Your professional development news

Microaggressions: A Million Tiny Paper Cuts

Apr 4, 2021

The importance of understanding and confronting microaggressions in real time.

Bystander Training

Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus - Bystander Training

Mar 22, 2021

Resources and Bystander training from the AAPI Caucus to promote anti-hate and antidiscrimination.

Book Club Recap

AACRAO Book Club - "How to be an Antiracist" Recap

Mar 22, 2021

Dr. Soraira Urquiza and Joyce Philip recap our recent Book Club discussion and their thoughts going forward.

Karen Simpson-Alisca, AACRAO Black Caucus Member

  • Meet the Members


    Meet the Members

    Cecil Dean Campbell, Ed.D. playbutton2

    Assistant Dean for Academic Services
    The Graduate College, North Carolina A&T State University
    Cecil Campbell Black Caucus

    An AACRAO member since 2008, and a member of the Black Caucus since 2012, Cecil Dean Campbell brings a wealth of experience to both his role and AACRAO on a whole. As a "black and African-American administrator who has worked in both the PWI and HBCU context" he believes that alongside being a role model, he is better able to advocate for students of color by implementing procedures that challenge the status quo.

    His role models:

    1. His father, Lloyd Campbell.

    2. Dr. Tony Evans for his spiritual leadership and integrity.

    3. Dr. George Washington Carver for his commitment to innovation and excellence in experiential education.

    Fun fact? He enjoys classical music along the lines of Bach and Chopin.

Our Mission

With over eighty members, this is one of our largest caucuses. The Black Caucus supports professional development, networking, and the discussion of issues affecting black students and professionals throughout college and university communities. The Caucus engages in identifying solutions to issues surrounding access as well as examining ways to enhance and increase the representation of both black students and professionals within colleges and universities. 

AACRAO's Black Caucus membership is open to all AACRAO members interested in advancing the black community by facilitating community building, the exchange of ideas and information addressing critical issues, promoting leadership development and scholarship opportunities. They convene at our Annual Meeting every year to discuss goals and visions that they have for their institutions, and to exchange ideas to build a better tomorrow. 


Black Caucus Chair

Bianca Thompson-Owen CC

Bianca Thompson-Owen, Assistant Dean, Enrollment Management & Student Success | Rutgers School of Health Profess.
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