Black Issues Forum is a pre-collegiate leadership program sponsored by the
Colorado State University Admissions Office.
The purpose of the Forum is to provide students a vehicle to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance leadership potential. Participants have the opportunity to meet and interact with community leaders and University faculty as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect the Black community at the local, state, national, and/or global level.
This program, which began in 1993, focuses on exceptional high school students who have completed their high school junior year. Initially, the program was for students who lived in Colorado, however, the Forum expanded in 1995 to include participants from all over the United States.
BIF has a significant library research component. BIF participants spend several hours in the University Libraries researching pre-selected (current) topics. Information is disseminated either through presentations, debates, or town meetings.
Your group will prepare a thirty-minute presentation. The goal of the presentation is to educate your peers about your topic area. The topics are very broad, so your group will need to focus on one area and prepare a presentation that is engaging, interesting, factual, and relevant to African American high school students.
Everyone in your group must participate in the presentation. Your group will need one person to introduce the topic and another to summarize and facilitate the discussion with the audience. The remaining group members must each present information about the topic, citing sources used when asked. Your group can be creative and use visuals, PowerPoint, posters, etc. to enhance and enrich the presentation, but these visuals must be professional. Your group will then spend 15 minutes engaging the audience in discussion. You should prepare discussion questions, but also allow time for questions from the audience. At the end of the presentation, each person in your group will introduce him/herself and the school that he or she attends.