To empower black youth, organizers of California State University, Northridge’s Black Youth Guidance Forum provided students, parents, educators and advocates with free information about pursuing higher education, overall health and wellness, literacy and leadership development.
The third annual empowerment outreach event, held Feb. 10 in the Northridge Center of the University Student Union (USU) featured interactive panels, workshops, keynote guest speakers and Black Panther-inspired dances.
“The Black Youth Guidance Forum was developed to bring the campus and community together to address educational disparities of access and retention for communities of color,” said Cedric Hackett, a professor in CSUN’s Department of Africana Studies and director of the university’s DuBois-Hamer Institute for Academic Achievement, who organized the event. “We need to provide our students, especially in the African-American community, the opportunity to gain access to post-secondary education. This event provides a vehicle for families to understand educational process within a university environment.”
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