For 26 years, African-American high school seniors from across the country have gathered at Colorado State University to research issues important to the African-American community. This year’s Black Issues Forum (BIF) will be held June 12-16 on campus.
Students work for four days to research issues related to African-Americans in history, the public imagination, paths to higher education, science and the struggle for social justice. The event ends in a formal forum where students present findings.
Exposure to higher education
“The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to expose high school students to higher education and Colorado State University,” said Bobby Browning, forum director and senior assistant director of Admissions at Colorado State University. “After spending a few days living and conducting research on a university campus, this experience makes the pursuit of a college degree less daunting for the high school participants.”
In addition to researching issues related to the African-American community, students also strengthen skills in public speaking, teamwork and leadership. Colorado State University faculty, staff, and current students help facilitate the program.
Students from across the country
This year, about 65 students from California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee and Texas will attend the forum.
For more information about the Black Issues Forum, please contact Bobby Browning at (970) 213-4032.