Welcome Black Week 2023
September 18 - 21
The FCC UMOJA Program team and students will be hosting the FCC 2nd Annual Welcome Black Week from Monday, September 18 through Thursday, September 21. The week is designed to celebrate, welcome, and engage Fresno City College African-American students by building a sense of belonging and purpose on campus. During the week, students will have the opportunity to have lunch with campus leadership, engage in a “Porch Talk” and “The Barbershop” as well as explore transfer and trade opportunities offered on campus. All are welcome to attend the events.
09/18 - Converse & Network (student engagement)
11 am – 1 pm
Main Water Fountain
This is an opportunity to open the lines of communication and build relationships between Fresno City College students, staff/faculty, and administrators. Developing these relationships throughout the campus can drive culture change and help retain student’s interest and engagement.
09/19 – Styling & Profiling – (academic and career based)
Students will be able to learn about Transfer opportunities available at Fresno City College and engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) alumni as they share their experiences and information. Students are often unaware of the academic programs, opportunities, and access they have to different careers and colleges. Join us for a two-hour session to learn more about your transfer options, requirements, and college/university opportunities with our Transfer Department counselors. Come dressed in HBCU apparel.
09/20 – Chop It Up – Shop Talk
Welcome to FCC/Adjusting to Campus Life (academic/health and wellness)
1 – 3 pm
Shop Talks are a safe space, where students can connect, learn, and grow as they work towards empowerment and academic success. A new analysis indicates that younger African Americans are living with or dying of many conditions typically found in older people (CDC, n.d.). Anxiety, stress, depression, and heart disease, affect the Black community at disproportionate rates when compared to other ethnic groups. Chop It Up will be an opportunity to talk and learn about mental health and suicide awareness and how it impacts the African American community. Come dressed in African attire.
09/20 - Welcome Black Week Cookout (outreach and community engagement)
4 – 6 pm
This is a celebration hosted by the Fresno City College Umoja Program and Black Student Success to welcome our Black/African American students coming/returning to the FCC campus for the Fall 2023 semester. The goals of the event are to provide a welcoming environment to our students and the Black Community by supplying information to students and their families about FCC and community resources. Join us for BBQ, fun, and music.
09/21 – Timeless Thursday (student engagement)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Main Water Fountain
This is a celebration by Fresno City College Umoja Program to welcome our African American students coming/returning to the FCC campus for the Fall 2023 semester. The goals of the event are to provide a welcoming environment to our students and the Black Community by supplying information to students and their families about FCC and community resources. Students will learn about pop culture and how the Black community has influenced music and fashion. Come dressed in your favorite decade.