The DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement is operated under the umbrella of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and directed by Dr. Cedric Hackett. Its mission includes two major tenets:
- to complement the University's efforts to address the needs of African American students
- to ensure that African-American students have the necessary skills to achieve academic excellence and make a contribution to their community.
Operating on the concept of "family," the Institute works to achieve its mission by establishing a support network within the University and in communities external to the University. It provides multiple programs both on and off campus. The Institute is assisted invaluably in its work by the volunteer support of faculty of the Pan African Studies Dept. and CSUN students committed to "giving back" to their communities.
The Saturday Academy
An academic enhancement program that views every student as a potential scholar and provides support to help them achieve improved academic performance. Focus is on Math an English composition. The program also offers study and time management strategies, information about college requirements and financial aid workshops.
The Saturday Academy views each student that participates as a potential scholar and is committed to assisting them to maximize their potential. The academies meet three Saturdays each month (October through May) from 9-1 in the afternoon. The major components of the program are math, language arts, and critical thinking. Students are also introduced to learning strategies based on the PALS (Personal Academic Learning System) Program. This component of the program is facilitated by a collaboration with UCLA's Community- Based Early Academic Outreach Program which provides additional resources for students participating in the Saturday Academy Program. Tutoring and mentoring are also provided by trained college students to complement the instruction provided. The curriculum also includes a cultural component designed to enhance self-efficacy and workhops covering time management, test taking strategies, research strategies, college application, and financial aid. During the summer, a 5 day leadership camp is offered to 30 participants who are housed in the dormitoty at CSUN and exposed to an intensive curriculum focused on leadership development.
The Saturday Academy Program is open to youth in grades 9-12. There is no grade point average requirement. The only requirements are a willingness to participate on a consistent basis and to follow the rules of conportment outlined in a contract signed by youth and parents. Parental participation is strongly encouraged. Workshops will be provided for parents to assist in maximizing advocacy for their children's success.
Cedric Hackett, Director
Pan African Studies
221 Santa Susana Hall
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315
Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3311
Fax: (818) 677-3619