Bakersfield College

African American Initiatives

African American Initiatives

African American Initiatives are planned interventions and strategies to address the underrepresentation of African American students at Bakersfield College. These initiatives address the student retention, persistence, and success rates. Coordination of these strategies involves the intentional establishment of collaborative partnerships among departments, programs, and in the hiring of faculty and staff committed to this work.

African American Initiatives work is funded in part by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Student Equity Plan funding.  Learn more about the college’s strategic equity planning.

Student Recruitment

Student Success: Completion Cohort

  • Leads: Julian West, Educational Advisor – AAI
    Dr. Michael McClenic – Program Manager
  • Dedicated (full-time) faculty and staff as cohort lead • Faculty and staff Completion Coaches
  • Embedded tutoring
  • Student academic services: Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction,Study Hall, Math Lab, Writing Center
  • Student progress tracking
  • Intrusive guidance, advising, and counseling
  • Orientation and welcome activities
  • Summer Bridge

Academic Communities and Classes

  • Lead: Paula Parks, Faculty - English
    Director, African American Success through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) Umoja Community
  • Community Mentors
  • Village
  • Out of class engagement
  • Learning community

Support Groups and Activities

Community Partnership


African-American Community Leadership Meeting - Feb. 15, 2017


2017 STOMP Conference at UCLA

April 28th, 2017 - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at UCLA

18th Annual STOMP Conference for Transfer Students

Come learn about the University of California transfer admission process, as well as gain insight and resources for achieving your transfer goals. The STOMP Conference hosts over 1,000 students from California community colleges each year with transfer-focused workshops and presentations.

The UCLA Stomp Conference offers the following:

  • Admission Workshops
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Admission Representatives from all 9 UC Campuses
  • Transfer Student Resource Fair
  • UCLA Tours

To register for the event and learn more information, please visit

Photo Slideshows

2017 African American Community Leaders Breakfast

2016 Black Graduation

2015 Black Recognition Ceremony

2014 ASTEP Community Meeting

Kern Community College District