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Contact OBSS

Phone: (310) 338-5808

Fax: (310) 645-5128

Email: eis@lmu.edu

Office: Malone Student Center 201

OBSS Office Hours

Monday 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm
Wednesday 8am-7pm
Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-5pm


Committed to the holistic development of African American students, The Office of Black Student Services (OBSS) strives to foster a family-oriented community where trust, respect, and love play a significant role. Since 1969, BSS has worked in collaboration with the Division of Academic Affairs and other campus departments to ensure that meaningful connection with students is prioritized. These connections occur within both individual and group contexts through one-on-one meetings, as well as co-curricular programming that is intentionally designed to provide support, engagement, and, ultimately, results in increased levels of both retention and graduation.


  • To promote and celebrate African Culture and heritage, so as to provide students and the campus community with an understanding of the history, successes and contemporary struggles of Africans/African Americans.
  • To assist and guide students in the processes of understanding who they are, understanding where they come from, and making sound, well-informed decisions regarding their futures.
  • To develop leaders and change agents, who are prepared to effectuate positive change within the Campus Community as well as their home communities upon graduation.
  • To create co-curricular programming that the knowledge that builds up and enhances the knowledge that students obtain in the classroom.
  • To develop and maintain a sense of community among Africans/African Americans at Loyola Marymount University.
  • To connect students to opportunities to serve their community within a framework that is rooted in Social Justice.

Meet the Director

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Nathan Sessoms, Ph.D., Director

Nathan Sessoms, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan Sessoms is the Director of Black Student Services. He comes from a non-profit background and possesses a wide range of practical experiences in the field of Youth Development within both the non-profit and academic realms.

During the past seventeen years he has developed, managed and evaluated academic enrichment programs, socio-behavioral trainings and workforce development programs for youth and college students of diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

Dr. Sessoms earned his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California. He earned his M.A. in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Toledo, Ohio. His B.A. is in Marketing from Ohio University. He is a member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA).