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Black Student Success Initiative


CSU Graduation Initiative 2025

The initiative is the CSU’s determined effort to ensure that all students regardless of racial, ethnic or financial background have an equal opportunity to earn a college degree.

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CSU Chancellor's Strategic Workgroup Black Student Success Report

 In fall 2022, Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester charged the CSU leadership to redouble efforts in supporting and advancing Black student success. She framed this effort within Graduation Initiative 2025, which has contributed to increased graduation rates systemwide but has not yet been able to close stubborn equity gaps.

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CSU Report Calls for Bold Actinos to Improve Black Student Success and Elevate Black Excellence (June 19, 2023)

The California State University (CSU)  released a plan designed to both elevate Black excellence and address the continuing decline in Black student enrollment, retention and graduation rates across the 23 CSU universities.

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CSU Young Males of Color Consortium Conference (October 2023)

The goal of the CSU Young Males of Color Consortium is to create systemic changes in higher education and improve outcomes for Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander and Native American males.

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CSU San Marcos Black Student Success Initiative

The Black Student Success Initiatives were established in 2021 and are designed to meet the particular needs of Black students at CSUSM.

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Office of Black Student Success

The Office of Black Student Success offers supportive services that foster the transition and integration of African descent students into the university and help them thrive and achieve academic and personal success.

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African American Programs and Services

We are committed to increasing the academic performance, retention, and graduation of Black and African American students by creating a greater sense of belonging at Fresno State.

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Africana Studies Program

The Africana Studies Program (previously the Ethnic Studies Program) offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that contains cross-cultural courses about the experiences of African peoples all over the world and other ethnic groups in American society.

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NAACP Black Excellence Gala

Fresno State NAACP offers awards and scholarships in Black Excellence Gala.

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Black Faculty/Staff Association

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CORA Learning: Increasing enrollment and success for college men of color (May 2023)

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Racelighting: A prevalent version of gaslighting facing people of color

Although gaslighting is devoid of a racial context, similar manipulative tactics (whether intentional or unintentional) impact the daily lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

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13 Recommendations for improving Black student success (Ashley Mowreader)

California State University will invest $10 million over three years to advance Black student success across the system.

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Racelighting in the normal realaities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC): A scholarly brief

...we defined racelighting as “the process whereby People of Color question their own thoughts and actions due to systematically delivered racialized messages...

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Racelighting Preview Video

J Luke Wood and Frank Harris III III are hosting a free, online series focused on race-based gaslighting in schools, colleges, and universities (called Racelighting).

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