Back-to-school activities kicked into high gear in recent weeks as the fall semester began, and in addition to the typical orientations that greet all students, several universities hosted additional events specifically for black students.
They’re billed as ways to enhance black students’ experiences on campus and get them comfortable and involved with their schools.
California State University Fresno recently held a three-day student retreat for black students, for example. The $16,000 undertaking in August included a trip to a water park, skits, and talks of encouragement from professors and peers.
George Mason University also recently hosted a “Black Freshman Orientation” that sought to “introduce the incoming freshman class to George Mason from the perspective of Black students,” according to a description of the event on the school’s website.
“We feel that it is important to begin cultivating community and building traditions early in the school year so that the foundation can be built upon as the year progresses,” the website stated.