August 24, 2016
Blacks are self-segregating.
But it was bad when we segregated them.
How to reconcile this?
California State University Fresno recently held a three-day student retreat for black students that aimed to foster inclusion and help incoming African American students adjust to college life and get involved in the campus community.
The inaugural “Harambee Student Retreat,” which took place Aug.14 through Aug 17, was free to participating students, who enjoyed housing, meals, workshops and activities meant to help aid in the “successful transition of incoming African American/Black students to Fresno State,” the university’s website states.
About 40 new students plus about a dozen returning students took part, and about $16,000 was set aside in the university’s budget to host the event, although the final cost has yet to be determined, said Shirley Melikian Armbruster, associate vice president of university communications, in an email to The College Fix.
Fresno State President Joseph Castro, in an address to kick off the new school year, praised the retreat, noting “the call to better support African American students in connecting with their peers and the university was heard and put into action.”
“A first ever retreat, appropriately titled Harambee, which means ‘Let’s pull together,’ was held this week where new and continuing African-American students, along with African-American faculty, staff and alumni, could exchange ideas of how to create a greater sense of belonging on campus,” Castro continued.
Videos and pictures of the retreat posted on Facebook show black students sharing stories, performing skits together, and even taking a trip to Wild Water Adventure Park, a park with water attractions near the central California campus.
According to the university’s website, topics broached at the retreat included information on how to receive assistance with financial aid and housing, as well as how to develop leadership skills and find a job.
The free money thing they can probably handle.
The finding a job thing, probably not so much.