Welcome to the African American Initiative (AAI)!
Welcome to our AAI page! We are here to serve you! Our goal is to help any and every student by empowering them and providing the tools they need in order to apply for college and be successful. Be on the lookout for events throughout the year. We are working diligently in the community to provide the best resources for students. Please take a moment to look through our page!
Would you like to request a campus tour? Possibly an Afro-Centric tour? Here at Fresno State it is possible! Parents, teachers, and community members can request a tour, all you have to do is call our office and request one ahead of time. We will love to meet you and show you around. There are many services, programs, and educational opportunities that Fresno State has to offer you.
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 on campus and increase the graduation rates among African American students for undergraduate level and beyond.
To inform and instill hope to African American students and families of the educational opportunities and resources that are available to them.
Here are some events that the African American Initiative will be supporting.
Vibe Soul Food Festival
African American High School Recognition
Summer Algebra Institute
Be on the look out for more information coming soon for Summer 2019. Churches and or community partners that are interested in being a site for the institute can contact Wendy Nelson at (559) 278-2038.
Super Saturday College Academies
Super Saturday College Academies are monthly 2 1/2 hour college readiness sessions that will target MS, HS, and parents regarding various topics that will better equip them as they prepare for college and beyond. The various SS sessions will be hosted at various African American churches and community centers during the Fall and Spring academic year. The recently hosted Super Saturday AA College and Career Summit (Oct. 27th) was the "kick-off" event for the year round engagement.
Preview Day Overnight Experience
The AAI will be holding an over night experience for first-time freshmen. This will expose the students to dorm life and obtain a personal experience on what it is like to live on campus and be a Fresno State Bulldog. Activities for the next day will continue at Fresno State Preview Day.
Super Sunday is a CSU program to connect with and inform African American students and their families about what it takes to get into college.
On a designated Sunday, CSU leaders including the chancellor, trustees, presidents, and other higher education ambassadors will speak at various churches across the state to share information with students, parents, and community members about preparing for college, applying to a CSU campus, and financial aid.
CSU Fresno Super Saturday
On October 19, 2019, the African American Initiative (AAI) will be collaborating with various churches for the CSU Fresno Super Saturday. Super Saturday is an African American College and Career Fair for Middle School, High School, Community College students. Community members are also encouraged and welcome to attend this mega event.