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CSULB Black Alumni Virtual Scholarship Gala: Changing the Narrative for Success
April 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join The California State University of Long Beach Black Scholars Community as we come together to change the narrative around what happens when a Black scholar attends college.
What happens when they receive just enough funding to pay for classes? How do they pay for food and housing, books, and required technical devices? In this new climate that presents so many global opportunities, what happens when a student wants to participate in additional educational opportunities such as the study abroad program that requires additional funding?
What happens when a student has a loss of a job or housing due to Covid-19, or the loss of a major source of support? All these scenarios are life situations that often arise on their journey to success. These factors together with feelings of exclusion and micro aggressions, can leave students feeling alone and unsupported.
Where do they find the support needed not only to survive, but to thrive when presented with these challenges?
The CSULB Black Alumni Scholarship Fund has been created to support “CSULB Black scholars.” Students are provided with financial support, mentorships, and connections within our community. Our vision is to build a community that supports Black scholars and increases the number of black and African American students on our campus that successfully complete their degree.
The old Igbo and Yoruba African proverb say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This saying has been a staple in the Black community. It means that an entire community of people must interact with our young people for them to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. Villagers help look out for and support our children. We need you to become part of our village. It is how we will Change the Narrative for Success.