African American High School Students to Attend Colorado State University’s Black Issues Forum June 16-20

Note to Editors: Reporters are welcome to cover the sessions of the Black Issues Forum. For more information or to schedule interviews with participants, contact Bobby A. Browning, assistant director of Admissions at Colorado State University 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 17th annual Black Issues Forum at Colorado State University June 16 – 20.

The program brings together about 40 students from California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.  The program involves four days of research and discussion that culminate in a formal forum where students present their findings.  The program’s format also helps students strengthen their skills in public speaking, teamwork and leadership.  

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

– African Americans and Education: Exploring Male/Female Ratios in Higher Education;

– African Americans and Technology: Impact of Computer Technology on High School Students;

– African Americans and Politics: Impact of the "First Family" on the African American Community; and,

– African Americans and Society: Influence of Rap/Hip Hop and Gangs on the African American Image.

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 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."

For more information about CSU’s Black Issues Forum, please contact Bobby A. Browning at (970) 213-4032.