The Black Student Union's (formerly known as the Afrikan/Black Student Alliance's) program, Destination Higher Education (DHE), introduces newly admitted students to the Afrikan/Black/Caribbean community and student life on the UC Santa Cruz campus. DHE provides personal, social, and academic workshops that focus on the Black Experience at UC Santa Cruz and are presented by African/Black/Caribbean students at UC Santa Cruz.

Dismantle Our Chains to Liberate Our Brains

The DHE coordinators this year are Imari Reynolds and Manaiya Scott. The interns are Sareil "Reil" Brookins, Kaitylyn Hall, and Paradyse Oakley. The program is scheduled from April 13th to April 15th which is a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

If you interested in attending, or if you have any questions about Destination Higher Education, please e-mail Please be sure to include your name, telephone number, and address in the e-mail.

Applications are closed and DHE 2018 has ended. Please check back again next Spring 2019.

Thank you, volunteers and participants!

DHE 2017

DHE 2017


Meet the Coordinators and Interns! 

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Imari Reynolds

As a senior majoring in Psychology I'm thrilled to coordinate a program encouraging black students to attend a higher educational institution. UC Santa Cruz will challenge your blackness, attempt to remove you from the space, and stretch your comfort zone. Our goal is higher education, hence the name the program, so if UC Santa Cruz is your final decision then we want to ensure you are aware of all the shortcomings and benefits of this campus. 

I'm a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated Pi Psi Chapter 2X17!

DHE is one of the longest programs Black Student Union (formerly Afrikan/Black Student Alliance or ABSA) has to offer to the community at large and my commitment to serving black people is lifelong. It has been a pleasure to plan DHE this year with my co-coordinator and fellow interns. Even though I did not participate in DHE myself, I have heard nothing but great things about Destination Higher Education. 

Manaiya Scott

Coming from Oakland which is only about one hour away from Santa Cruz,  culture shock is definitely a term to familiarize yourself with. Navigating the university as a black student is challenging and navigating spaces of authority as a black student leader is complex. If I did not  attend DHE then navigating UC Santa Cruz would be more challenging. In addition to the toolkits and resources, many of my friends like Sareil came up on DHE with me and here we are planning a program that gave us so much. 

DHE goes beyond any 3 day weekend, it is a community and it is our story. Good luck with the application process and I hope to see at the finish line. 

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Kaitlyn Hall

I'm a first year majoring in  History & Legal Studies and my college affiliation is Stevenson College (RAAPTH)

DHE and its purpose represents the passage of the torch from upperclassmen on to our younger generation. As ABC identified students on campus, we are in charge of fostering newly admitted students into the black experience at UCSC. To be able to share our stories as black students on campus and help create memories is a huge responsibility and honor. Getting more black students on campus is necessary and in turn, to keep those black kids, once admitted, is vital to our survival as a community. DHE has the power to conquer both tasks and that’s why DHE will always be the one of the most important programs on campus. 

DHE means growth, optimism and unity as we try to expand our small black community here at UCSC. Any student-initaited outreach is an important part of helping to build your community. Personally, I wish I had the opportunity to attend a program like DHE. I see the foundation that DHE lays for black students; the connections and memories that are made and continue to flourish throughout an individuals college career. The transition into college is already a hard one, but to be able to have and know that a strong community is behind you while on your journey into this PWI, is a beautiful feeling. Programs like DHE will remain prevalent as long as the black community remains an apparent minority on campus and I can’t wait to see the amazing work that DHE continues to do in the future. 

Sareil "Reil" Brookins

Double majoring in Intensive Psychology & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in the African Diaspora and Rights & Revolution

 I was born & raised in the capital of this beautiful state, Sacramento. I am affiliated with Stevenson college, and one of the Residential Advisors (RA) for the Rosa Parks African American Themed House (RPAATH). I have a strong passion for activism and bettering myself and community, which is why I have continued to play a role in DHE each year. DHE is the very reason I am attending UCSC right now. It played a crucial role in my conscious development and interest in higher education as well as my student activism. Without DHE the family that I have today would not exist on this campus!

Paradyse Oakley

Paradyse Oakley, originally from South Los Angeles, a graduate of Lawndale High School.

Currently attending the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Politics witha focus on International Relations and Community Studies with Stevenson affiliation. Paradyse is presently involved in NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), BWA (Black Women Alliance), BSU (Black Student Union), Klesis, Youth and Government Intern, and DHE (Destination Higher Education) Intern.

DHE means unity, along with building and cultivating a community within the ABC identified diaspora. Knowing and understanding your blackness, and what does it mean to be a student of color on this campus.