African and African American Support Services

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

-- Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

African and African American Student Services is an office within the Student Affairs division. It was created with the principal responsibility of providing student services to African and African American students. If you are interested in our services, please call or email for an appointment.

The mission of African and African American Student Services is to facilitate the academic success of incoming, current, and graduating African and African American students by providing inclusive retention services, as well as connecting them to university and community resources.

Programs and services

Academic advising

Academic advising plays an important role in helping students graduate. African and African American Student Services works to ensure the success of students by working with Metropolitan State University faculty and staff, especially academic advisors, as they provide sound academic advice to students.

Advocacy

African and African American Student Services work closely with members of the university community to resolve issues related to the students' ability to achieve academic success. It is crucial that students have a voice on campus for some that voice is spoken through the African and African American Student Services Office. The office supports the university's efforts to continue building an academic environment conducive to the retention and graduation of students of color.

Community connections

African and African American Student Services participate in numerous community activities throughout the year, including Rondo Days, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observances, and various Black History Month programs. Participating in various community activities provides opportunities for students to connect with members of the local community.

Cultural programming

Each year, the Black Student Union (BSU), formerly known as the African American Student Association (AASA), sponsors activities that celebrate the rich heritage of the African American culture. The office collaborates with other campus departments and clubs and/or organizations to provide cultural programming designed to increase the level of understanding about significant events in the history of African and African American Students. The celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day and Black History Month are all activities that are co-sponsored by this office.

Leadership

The African and African American Student Services office and/or other co-sponsors provide some funds to help cover registration costs for students interested in attending the St. Cloud State University Power in Diversity Leadership Conference.

African and African American Student Services encourages students to get involved with the BSU. Participating in this group provides opportunities for students to connect with each other, while also developing leadership skills. The BSU coordinates and sponsors various cultural and social programs for students of color. Career development seminars and workshops are available to assist students with resumes, job applications, time management, goal setting, study skills and internships. These workshops are offered in conjunction with other departments on campus. Contact the African and African American Student Services office for more information about career development workshops.

Referrals

Referrals allow students to explore resources that are made available to the African and African American Student Services office. Students may be referred to services available within the university and local African American community. Information regarding internships and financial aid scholarships are available through African and African American Student Services.

Scholarship Information

Gates Millennium Scholars

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

Free 4-U - National Database of Scholarships (minority scholarships)