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
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.
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.
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
This year's event will target African American middle school, high school and community college students from across the Central Valley. Students will be engaged about their preparation for post-secondary education, receive inspirational messages, and be invited to the Super Saturday Tailgate Experience including Fresno State Homecoming Football game!
Fresno State Release of Liability form must be presented at time of check-in on event day in order for students to participate.
CSU Inaugural Juneteenth Symposium
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.
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
- natural supports
Fresno State Upward Bound Programs
Office of Black Student Success
CCGC: African American Programs and Services
African American Initiative Collaborators and Student Resources
Fresno State AAI Summer 2021 Meet and Greet Zoom Engagement