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African American Initiative

History

The African American Initiative began in March 2005 when the CSU convened civic, business, and education leaders in a town hall in Los Angeles. Soon after, a similar meeting was held in Oakland. Through these meetings, a strategy to educate students and parents about early preparation for college was developed. As a result, the CSU and its new church partners began to share institutional resources to increase awareness about higher education, and the steps needed to prepare.

Initiative

At CSUSB, the goal for the African American Enrollment and Achievement Initiative is to build and foster the relationships with the African American community.  In this effort, we would like to increase the African American student population on our campus by going into our local communities to provide a service and resources for students to obtain information about higher education.  By providing information application workshops to the students in the African American community, we will be able to matriculate and increase the retention and graduation rates at CSUSB while promoting a sense of belonging for the students and community that come to CSUSB. To ensure that we are doing our part with this initiative, we would collaborate with university stakeholders, the Black Faculty, Staff, and Student Association (BFSSA), community members and our students.  In collaboration with these populations, we will be able to create specific scholarships, offices, and outreach support for the African American student populations interested in attending CSUSB.   

Objectives 

  • Raise awareness of African American student supports offered at CSUSB through engagement and activities. 

  • Build and foster relationships with the local school districts that serve predominately African American students. 

  • Conduct workshops in the predominately African American communities to educate them on the benefits of higher education and to become knowledgeable about degrees, financial aid, and student involvement. 

  • Partner with on-campus/ off-campus stakeholders to conduct educational fairs for all ages K-12. 

  • Provide counseling for students who need help navigating their education plan 

African American Outreach Activities 

Black and Brown Young Men's Conference

Black and Brown Young Men’s Conference

This conference is an open forum for African American and Hispanic/LatinX male students; designed to speak about issues faced by these students as they go through high school. We hope to unite and inspire these students to push themselves and achieve higher education.

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Coyote Rising

Coyotes Rising

Coyotes Rising is a comprehensive student recruitment and retention program for African American high school students. The program's goal is to increase the number of high-achieving African American students at California State University, San Bernardino through effective collaboration with on-campus and off-campus constituencies.

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Black Student Leadership Symposium

Black Student Leadership Symposium

The Black Student Leadership Symposium (BSLS) is a partnership with Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The program is focused around 11th and 12th grade underrepresented African American students. BSLS is an opportunity for CSUSB to raise awareness of resources that enhance the experience of African American students at CSUSB.

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Next Gen Conference

Next Generation Conference

The Next Generation Conference is a partnership with Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The program is focused around 9th and 10th grade underrepresented African American students. The Next Gen Conference is an opportunity for CSUSB to raise awareness of resources that enhance the experience of African American students at CSUSB.

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Supa Sunday

Super Sunday

CSU Super Sunday is one of many events supported by the CSU community to increase the preparation, retention and graduation of African-American students. The year-round partnership between the CSU and African-American community leaders throughout the state provides additional outreach, support and preparation events such as college and career fairs, financial aid completion workshops, Cal State Apply clinics and more.

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CSUSB Resources

BFFSA Faculty talking at event

 

 Black Faculty, Staff, and Student Association

The Black Faculty, Staff and Student Association (BFSSA) represents the interests of Black students, faculty, staff and administrators, and exists to support the academic mission of the university. BFSSA creates programs and activities that develop and maintain a community of support (e.g. networking, resources, etc.), provides student scholarships, and contributes to the cultural development of the campus community.

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Students laughing and talking

 

 Student African American Brotherhood

Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) is a dynamic organization established specifically to assist our participants to excel academically, socially, culturally, professionally, and in the community. SAAB is primarily comprised of male students who strive for academic excellence and make a commitment to plan and implement programs that benefit their community at large.

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SAAS Group photo

 

 Student African American Sisterhood

Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) is an inspiring organization dedicated to unifying African American women through the development of a sisterhood of distinction. SAAS seeks to positively impact the lives of its membership through creating supportive networks among African American females, encouraging and assisting with personal and professional development and providing strategies for educational attainment and success throughout the collegiate experience and beyond. 

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BSU students talking and laughing

 

 Black Student Union

The purpose of the Black Student Union, BSU, is to promote activities of common interest, as well as cultural and educational benefits for the African American student body. In addition, the BSU is the "umbrella" organization of many of the African American student organizations, providing a forum for them to voice their differences, goals, and ideas. Furthermore, BSU encourages cooperation between its member organizations and the African American student body. 

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