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Welcome to SDSU and the Henrietta Goodwin Scholars Program

Guiding African /African American college students to academic and social success at San Diego State University.

black and white photo of henrietta goodwinHenrietta Goodwin was the first African American student to graduate from San Diego State University in 1913. While she is not mentioned on listed in the roster of graduates, both an attendance ledger and her registration record card indicate that she did graduate on January 30, 1913, having attended the school sporadically since 1908. In her spirit, we continue the long tradition of Black Excellence.

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Through the program, students will learn about career paths and professional fields and enhance their personal and professional networks. At the same time, the program aims to provide mentors with a venue for staying engaged with the San Diego State University Commuity.

The Henrietta Goodwin Scholars program seeks to support African American/Black student success through academic programming design and to facilitate their transition in, through, and out of San Diego State University. As a university-wide program, the Henrietta Goodwin Scholars program brings together a network of services including the Black Resource Center, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Africana Studies Department, Student Academic Services, Admissions, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Writing Center, participating academic colleges and other campus collaborators

Benefits to You

  • Academic Support
  • Support from Black faculty, staff, and academic coaches/ peer mentors
  • Peer mentorship support from an Academic Coach (weekly)
  • Access to Supplemental Instructors who support first-year students in courses with traditionally high fail rates
  • Access to free tutoring services through the Black Resource Center

Community Engagement 
Community development through social and cultural activities Integration into the Black Resource Center programs and events.

Personal & Professional Development
Access to research opportunities and culturally-responsive leadership development Learn about study abroad options, academic conferences, internships, and career opportunities.

"The Henrietta Goodwin Scholars Program helped me find a mentor who genuinely cares about my transition and adjustment in college. I appreciate the fact that the program got me motivated to try new things and get involved on campus.."

Asia Fuller, Freshman 2016-2017, Comparative Literature Major

About the Henrietta Goodwin Scholars Program

The Henrietta Goodwin Scholars Program at San Diego State University supports SDSU's Strategic Plan, and will guide students to make connections with on-campus faculty, staff, departments and student organizations to create a positive experience for students. The Harambee African Diaspora students succeed both socially and academically at San Diego State University with support provided through the program.

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For more information:

Henrietta Goodwin Scholars Program Coordinator
Quincey Penn
(619) 594-3368

Black Resource Center
(619) 594-3502
5723 Lindo Paseo
San Diego, CA 92182

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