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Outreach and Special Programs

The African American Initiative is here to serve you!

"For I know the plans I have for you; declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

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History: The African American Initiative began in March 2005 when the California State University (CSU) convened civic, business, and education leaders during 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 it's new church partners began to share institutional resources to increase awareness about higher education and the steps needed to prepare future students. 

The Initiative: The CSU works with African American community partners to increase the college preparation, enrollment, and graduation rates of African American students from undeserved communities. In partnership with California churches serving predominantly African American congregations, the CSU delivers a variety of outreach events and programs throughout the year.

  • Raise awareness of African American student supports offered at Fresno State through engagement and activities.
  • Build and foster relationships with local school districts that serve predominantly African American students.
  • Conduct workshops in the predominantly 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/off campus stakeholders to conduct educational fairs for all K-12 students.


AAI Mission

The African American Initiative will devote its efforts on outreaching to African American students in bridging the gap between the youth and college life by building a community among students, faculty, staff, families, and community partners through academic support, networking, and mentoring. The African American Initiative strives to increase the outreach to students and families in the community, help prepare more college-ready students, increase the enrollment of African American students to campus and increase the graduation rates among African American students for undergraduate levels and beyond.

AAI Vision

To inform and instill hope to African American students and families of the educational opportunities and resources that are available to them.


AAI Year Round Events and Collaborations

View the year round engagements and events that will take place in the Central Valley for the 2022-2023 school year. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more announcements of future opportunities to participate in.

aai events and collaborations for 22-23

Super Saturday Science Day

Event date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Event time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Event location: on campus at Fresno State

During Super Saturday Science Day students will be engaged with speakers and activities that involve biology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, computer science and more! This event has a target auidence of 5th to 12th grade students. Faith-based youth groups are highly encouraged to bring youth to attend this event! Fresno State Faculty Scientists and Black Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) Club Members will be present showing their expertise. This is a free event and lunch provided.

For more information contact Wendy Nelson via email at or call 559.278.5374
Register for Super Saturday Science Day

super saturday science day flyer. event held on april 15, 2023 from 9am to 1pm for 5th to 12th grade students.

Super Saturday African American College and Career Summit 

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Satellite Student Union (SSU)

Super Saturday African American College and Career Summit is an annual event sponsored by Outreach and Special Programs and the Black Student Success Initiative at Fresno State. Super Saturday is an event aimed at supporting students with resources for college readiness and retention. This event is also to help parents better understand how they can support their students who go away to college. There are breakout sessions students can attend on subjects like STEM, art-based activities, A-G requirements, and financial aid workshops. There will also a vendor fair advertising services on campus and in the community. 

Contact: D'Aungillique Jackson or 559.278.0143
Register for Super Saturday
save the date flyer for super saturday on saturday, october 28, 2023 in the satellite student union from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Super Saturday Program

View the Super Saturday African American College and Career Summit program!

View the 2022 program

CSU Inaugural Juneteenth Symposium

The California State University invites you to attend the inaugural Juneteenth Symposium. Featuring world-class speakers, evocative student performances, thought-provoking panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions, this student-led event will be an inspirational celebration of African American history and achievement as it sparks dialogue and innovation to bring about meaningful change to a more just and equitable world.
Register for the Livestream

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Super Sunday

Sunday, February 26, 2023


CSU Super Saturday began more than a decade ago as a collaboration between the CSU, its campuses and predominantly African American churches throughout California. The purpose is to increase the rate of African American students enrolling and graduating from the CSU. During, Super Sunday, CSU leaders attend Sunday services and from the pulpit speak to the congregation about the importance of a higher education. After the service, students and parents have an opportunity to meet CSU experts in admissions and financial aid.
Find a Super Sunday Church Near YOU!

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Student Services Program Spotlight

Why are Student Services Program important?
Comprehensive and coordinated student support services are critically important for the social, emotional and character development of students and the development of learning climates that are conducive to student achievement of high academic standards. Student support services foster positive relationships among educators and students, thereby increasing students’ attachment to school, and serve as an essential link between students and, their families and school resources and community-based health and social services.  Student Services programs foster the following: 

  • environmental adaptations
  • accommodations
  • natural supports
  • mentoring
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Fresno State Upward Bound Programs

In collaboration with the Fresno State African American Initiative. Open for currently enrolled high school students from participating schools.Student Interest Form

Office of Black Student Success

The Office of Black Student Success offers supportive services that foster the tranistion and integration of African descent students into the university and help them thrive and achieve academic and personal success. Open to currently enrolled Fresno State students.Join OBSS today!

CCGC: African American Programs and Services

The Cross Cultural and Gender Center: African American Programs and Services is committed to increasing the academic performance, retention, and graduation of Black and African American students, by providing programming and services that will allow students to learn, develop and lead through cultural awareness and identity.Get to know us in CCGC!

African American Initiative Collaborators and Student Resources

Fresno State AAI Summer 2021 Meet and Greet Zoom Engagement