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African American high school students gather for Black Issues Forum June 14-18

June 13, 2011

Dozens of African American high-school seniors will come together to research issues pertinent to the African American community during the 19th annual Black Issues Forum at Colorado State University on June 14-June 18.

The program brings together about 60 students from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Research, discussion, formal forum

The session involves four days of research and discussion that culminate in a formal forum where students present their findings. The program format also helps students strengthen their skills in public speaking, teamwork and leadership.

Pertinent topics

Students will choose to study one of four topics pertinent to the African-American community:

• African Americans and Politics
• African Americans and the Environment
• African Americans and Technology
• African Americans and Society

Colorado State faculty, staff and graduate students will assist program participants in researching and presenting their topic areas.

Expose high school students to higher ed

“The purpose of the Black Issues Forum program is to expose high-school students to higher education and Colorado State University,” said Bobby Browning, forum coordinator and assistant director of Admissions at Colorado State University.

“After spending a few days living and conducting research on a university campus, this experience should make the pursuit of a college degree a less daunting experience for the high school student participants.”

Contact: Bobby A. Browning
Phone: (970) 213-4032