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Black Issues Forum

Research help for Black Issues Forum pre-collegiate students.

About the Forum

Kente cloth pattern 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.

2022 Black Issues Forum Topics

Black Education: The Purpose, Paradox, and Potential

  • Where are all the black teachers? 
  • Is college necessary for black success? 
  • Does my degree field really matter? 
  • Is it ok to be a smart black student? 
  • How can black students overcome unconscious bias from teachers and administrators? 


For additional information about Black Issues Forum, contact the CSU Office of Admissions at 970-491-6909.  For assistance with library resources, contact Jimena Sagas at 970-491-5422.


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Jimena Bretón

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Kristy Nowak
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