Welcome to the African American Initiative (AAI)!

Welcome to our AAI page! We are here to serve you! Our goal is to help any and every student by empowering them and providing the tools they need in order to apply for college and be successful. Be on the lookout for events throughout the year. We are working diligently in the community to provide the best resources for students. Please take a moment to look through our page!

Would you like to request a campus tour? Possibly an Afro-Centric tour? Here at Fresno State it is possible! Parents, teachers, and community members can request a tour, all you have to do is call our office and request one ahead of time. We will love to meet you and show you around. There are many services, programs, and educational opportunities that Fresno State has to offer you.

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The African American Initiative will devote its efforts on outreaching to African American students in bridging the gap between the youth and college life by building a community among students, faculty, staff, families, and community partners through academic support, networking, and mentoring. The African American Initiative strives to increase the outreach to students and families in the community, help prepare more college-ready students, increase the enrollment of African American students on campus and increase the graduation rates among African American students for undergraduate level and beyond.


To inform and instill hope to African American students and families of the educational opportunities and resources that are available to them.


June 12- July 24: Summer Algebra Institute.  Bethesda Church will be the host church for this year's Institute. The SAI will be targeting 20 incoming 8th and 9th graders for  participation. Churches and or community partners that are interested in being a site for the institute can contact Wendy Nelson at (559) 278-2038.

August 12-15: HARAMBEE. The Cross Cultural and Gender Center will be having a 3 day retreat, free of cost, in our on-campus housing for all students interested in attending. The retreat is designed to facilitate the transition of incoming students to Fresno State and help them connect to their community. To register go to: Cross Cultural Retreat. For more details and info visit the Cross Cultural and Gender Center Retreat page or contact them at (559) 278-4435, or contact John Hunt at John0127@mail.fresnostate.edu.

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August 29th 5pm- 7pm: WELCOME BLACKThe Cross Cultural and Gender Center will be holding a social for new and returning African American students, faculty, staff and administrators, community members are encouraged to attend and are welcome! For more info contact the Cross Cultural and Gender Center at (559) 278-4435.

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SAVE THE DATE! October 27th;   CSU Fresno Super Saturday:  African American College and Career Fair (Middle School, High School, Community College, and the community are welcome to attend this mega event.  More details will be forthcoming in the coming months.


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