High school students from around the country explore Old Town during Colorado State Univerity's 27th Annual Black Issues Forum, June 12, 2019.

Due to limitations regarding on-campus visits, the Black Issues Forum will not take place in 2020 as previously scheduled. Applicants for the 2020 BIF program will be encouraged to engage in different ways throughout the year, and the program is scheduled to return in Summer 2021. If you have any questions, please contact adm_summerprograms@colostate.edu.

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 will open in 2021.


The 2020 Black Issues Forum has been canceled. Please contact us with any questions.

Earn college coursework and more

  • Earn one college credit at no charge for the course “Blacks in Higher Education”
  • Participate in small peer group discussions of current issues affecting the African American community
  • Experience working in a university library and train in research methods
  • Interact with faculty, staff and currently enrolled students of Colorado State University
  • Reside in University residence halls
  • Take part in social activities, including:
    • Awards banquet
    • Recreation activities
    • An evening of cultural expression and open mic night

Earn a scholarship

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 may be eligible to receive the Partnership Award. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University. If you have any questions, contact Assistant Director, Bobby Browning.

There is no cost to attend this program, though students are responsible for their own spending money. Out-of-state students are responsible for the transportation costs to Colorado.

Students will be housed in the Colorado State University Residence Halls.

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.”


The 2020 Black Issues Forum has been canceled. Please contact us with any questions.