African Amercian High School Students Gather at Colorado State’s Black Issues Forum June 28-30

Note to Editors: Reporters are welcome to cover sessions of the Black Issues Forum. For more information or to schedule interviews with participants, contact Bobby A. Browning, assistant director of Admissions, at (970) 213-4032.

Dozens of African American high-school seniors will come together to research issues pertinent to the African American Community during the 15th annual Black Issues Forum at Colorado State University June 28-June 30.

The program brings together about 35 students from Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Texas and Colorado.  

The session involves three 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. Students will choose to study one of four topics pertinent to the African American community:  

– African Americans and Education: From Youth to Adulthood.

– African Americans Giving Back to the Community – Are We Helping Ourselves by Helping Each Other?

– African Americans and Money – The Differences between Being Rich and Being Wealthy.

– African Americans and Health: The Silent Killers and Cures.

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

"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. "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 high school student participants."

For more information about the forum, contact Browning at (970) 213-4032.