OSU to host college outreach event for African Americans


CORVALLIS - Oregon State University will host its second annual "Ujima Night" on Monday, April 19, at Self-Enhancement, Inc. in Portland. The outreach event for African Americans is designed to provide information to students and their families about OSU programs and admissions.

The free public event will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Self-Enhancement, Inc., located at 3920 N. Kerby Ave.

Speakers will include OSU President Paul Risser and Paul James, coordinator of the Ujima Education Office at OSU. Keynote speaker Leon McKenzie, a counselor at Benson high school in Portland, will discuss the importance of attending college.

"One of the primary goals of Ujima Night is to expose high school students to college - and particularly OSU, as a resource to get to higher education," James said. "The event was very successful last year, and we would like to continue to build relationships with students in Portland." Last year, 200 people attended the inaugural event.

There is a growing interest in OSU among African American students, James pointed out. The number of African American freshmen who have applied to the university and have been accepted has risen nearly 70 percent since last year.

There will be separate "breakout sessions" for parents and students at Ujima Night. Both sessions will include information on financial aid, admissions, student life, student resources, and "how to be successful at OSU."

A student panel, featuring African American students enrolled at OSU, will answer questions and describe their experiences at the university. It will be facilitated by Louan Johnson, program coordinator with the admissions office at Oregon State.

Representatives of a number of campus organizations will be available, including the Black Student Union, the Black Cultural Center, the Ujima Education Office, and the Educational Opportunities Program.

Dinner will be served at the event, and a number of OSU students will be available to talk and answer questions.

For more information, contact Paul James at 541-737-9032, or toll-free at 1-800-291-4192, ext. 79032.