Dubois-Hamer Institute

  • Banner with multiple images of African American students at CSUN events
  • Banner with multiple images of African American students graduating from CSUN
  • Banner with multiple images of African American students studying
  • Picture of participants at the 2014 Men of Color Symposium

5th Annual Black Youth Guidance Forum

Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 9:00am to 2:30pm

Location:
Online: Zoom
Cost:
Free

5th Annual Black Youth Guidance Forum Event PosterThe Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF) provides participants with a unique opportunity to engage in educationally purposeful activities which include featured speakers, four instructional tracks (PreK-5 graders, 6-12 graders, Parent Advocacy, and Leadership), and the Nonprofit Resource & Advocacy fair.

COMMUNIVERSITY: Nurturing Healthy Societies during COVID & Beyond

In today’s zeitgeist, a university is usually allied with the community it surrounds. However, some sub-communities within a community are often disconnected resulting in a lost sense of belonging, especially during the COVID 19 outbreak. The fifth annual Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF) is proud to present, “COMMUNIVERSITY: Nurturing Healthy Societies during COVID & Beyond."  The event makes available space to reflect on best practices for collaborating amongst higher education units and their surrounding areas. The BYGF invites participation of African American youth and other youth of color, school stakeholders (e.g. parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff), and nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. They will join CSUN students from various departments and programs, including Africana studies, liberal studies, and the credential program. Join us as the BYGF promotes self-care, including but not limited to financial literacy, educational literacy, and health & well-being.

The Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF) provides participants with a unique opportunity to engage in educationally purposeful activities which include featured speakers, four instructional tracks (PreK-5 graders, 6-12 graders, Parent Advocacy, and Leadership), and the Nonprofit Resource & Advocacy fair.

Event Agenda

Coming Soon.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sabrina Sanders is an educator, mentor and community activist. A 20-year veteran of higher education, Dr. Sanders currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs Projects & Initiatives at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. Her work on Graduation Initiative 2025 is focused on increasing completion rates and eliminating equity gaps to ensure that all students have access to the opportunities provided by a high-quality college degree.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who is interested in the health, well-being, and educational attainment of African American students and other students of color in PreK-12 grades, including but not limited to:

  • High School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • College Administrators
  • Faculty
  • Support Staff
  • Counselors
  • All Students, including elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary
  • Nonprofit Organizations in Los Angeles County
  • Business Community
  • Health Advocates
  • Parents
  • Religious Institutions

About the Forum

The Black Youth Guidance Forum (BYGF) is a day-long leadership program for CSUN students in the Africana Studies Urban Studies option, credential candidates, and Liberal Studies majors. We will also include African American youth and other youth of color, school stakeholders (e.g. parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff), and nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County. 

The BYGF serves:

  1.  to promote racial uplift, health & wellness, college preparation, and leadership development to our target population
  2.  to provide assistance and training in culturally relevant practices for preparatory students at CSUN and school  stakeholders
  3.  to establish a college collaboratory (community partnerships) with nonprofit organizations for understanding and developing clear pathways for African American youth and other youth of color to enter post-secondary education

The BYGF provides participants with a unique opportunity to participate in educationally purposeful activities which include featured speakers, four instructional tracks (PreK-5 graders, 6-12 graders, Parent Advocacy, and Leadership), and the Nonprofit Resource & Advocacy fair.

The BYGF has been designed to accomplish the same educational mission as the DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement at California State University, Northridge, which is:

  • To promote student success through community and campus partnerships. We cultivate active and collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff and students across the CSUN campus community; work with local groups and organizations in Los Angeles County; and provide service to cultural and educational institutions in the community. 

For more information, contact Dr. Cedric Hackett, Director, DuBois Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement at cedric.hackett@csun.edu or by phone at 818-677-3311.

Communication Services

Communication services (sign language interpreters, note takers) are available for this event. Requests for services must be submitted at least five (5) working days in advance. Please contact Dr. Cedric Hackett, at cedric.hackett@csun.edu or call (818) 677-3311.