Black Issues Forum classroom setting

2021 Virtual Black Issues Forum:
June 21-25, 2021

The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the African American community at the local, state, national, and/or global level.

Who should apply?

Students finishing their junior year in high school with a cumulative GPA near 3.0 or higher in a college prep curriculum are encouraged to apply. Strong applicants demonstrate involvement and leadership roles within school, family, or community activities.

When to apply?

The Black Issues Forum application is now open! Please submit your application, a letter of recommendation, and high school transcript by Friday, May 21, 2021. 

What to expect

The 2021 Black Issues Forum will be delivered virtually (primarily via Zoom meeting platform) over five days: June 21-25, 2021. Participants are expected to attend each virtual session and participate to their comfort level. Students who participate fully are eligible to earn a Partnership Award Scholarship upon admission to Colorado State University. See full requirements below.

Application

The 2021 Black Issues Forum application is closed. Please contact us with any questions.

Students who participate in Black Issues Forum and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University with a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet specific course requirements are eligible to earn a Partnership Award upon admission to CSU. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University.

To be eligible for the Partnership Award, BIF participants must attend all virtual sessions (up to five hours/day) throughout the duration of the event. A sample of a tentative daily agenda includes: 

All times Mountain

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Presentations and activities
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. — Break
  • 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. — Discussions and activities, including:
    •  Small/large group discussions led by current CSU Students
      •  Topics will vary daily and cover themes on social justice, diversity, college life
    • Group activities, which may include games, cultural expression and panels
    • Guest speakers
  • 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. — Group share on takeaways from the day

We understand that technology and distance participation can be challenging. Participants will need to have access to a laptop/desktop computer and Internet access in order to fully participate. If special accommodations are needed before or during the program, please contact Assistant Director, Bobby Browning.

  • Participate in small peer group discussions of current issues affecting the African American community
  • Interact with faculty, staff and currently enrolled students of Colorado State University
  • Take part in virtual activities, including:
    • Guest speakers and presentations
    • Peer-to-peer discussions
    • And more
  • Partnership Award Scholarship: Students who participate in all required sessions during the Black Issues Forum, and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University with a high school cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher, and meet specific course requirements are eligible to receive the Partnership Award Scholarship. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University. See Program Expectations for eligibility requirements.

There is no cost to attend this program, which will be held virtually in 2021. If you require special accommodations or are unsure of your ability to participate virtually, please let us know during your application process.

Questions about the program and the application process can be emailed to Adm_summerprograms@colostate.edu.

What past participants have said:

“BIF truly shaped my vision for college … I learned that I was not alone in my uncertainties for the future.”

“Even if you decide continuing your education isn’t what you want to do, you’ll leave there with a lot of friends, and connections … Some of the friends I made during BIF are still my friends now, even after we’ve all graduated.”

“I learned more about black history and culture that was never touched on in my school. It started my curiosity of learning my true history.”

The world makes you think pursuing higher education is to get more money. But the honest truth is pursuing education helps you grow personally, open many doors for you, helps you support your family and allow you to make an impact in your community based on the knowledge you learned. BIF reminded me of education is a powerful tool every young adult should consider.”