CSU Juneteenth Symposium to Celebrate African American History and Achievement

Founders Hall wide angle
The California State University will be hosting its inaugural Juneteenth Symposium: “By Any Means Necessary: Synthesizing the Voices of Our Ancestors and Everyday People.”

The two-day event will take place Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16, and will be live streamed via CalState.edu/Juneteenth.

The symposium will celebrate African American history and achievement and promote efforts to increase inclusive excellence university-wide.

Featured speakers include Cornel West, author and professor emeritus, Princeton University; Tyrone Howard, professor of Education in the School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA; J Luke Wood, vice president for Student Affairs & Campus Diversity and Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University, and more.

The virtual event is open to the entire CSU community and general public, and those interested are encouraged to register for the live stream here: https://execuconnect.regfox.com/csu-juneteenth-virtual.

In conjunction with the Juneteenth Symposium, the CSU will launch its CSU ACTs—Acknowledges, Commits, and Transforms initiative. CSU campus communities have been encouraged to develop a preliminary set of goals, measurable objectives, and action steps to advance African American student access and success.

The symposium is one of many systemwide and campus programs designed to engage and support African American students in their pursuit of college success, prosperity, and self-fulfillment. The biennial symposium was first envisioned by CSU student leaders who, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, looked to take purposeful action to combat anti-Black racism, foster authentic intercultural dialogue, and highlight the legacies and contributions of the African American community.