High School Visitors Star in Video Sent to the White House [VIDEO]


More than seventy students from area high schools visited Columbus State University on Thursday, Feb. 26 to participate in the African American Male Initiative’s “College Student for a Day” experience.

CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services captured the day’s events and submitted a video to the White House on Friday, Feb. 27 in response to Michelle Obama’s “Near-Peer Mentoring College Challenge.” The challenge, a Reach Higher initiative, asks institutions to share how they are making attending and completing college a reality for students.

Video finalists might earn a visit from the First Lady during spring 2015 commencement ceremonies.

“We believe this event, along with our continuous outreach, will perpetuate the cycle of recruitment, retention, and most importantly graduation for high school and college males,” said Johniqua Williams, student development specialist for CSU’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services.

For more information about Michelle Obama’s commencement challenge, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/10/30/first-lady-michelle-obama-announces-reach-higher-commencement-challenges. To learn more about CSU’s African American Male Initiative, visit https://diversity.columbusstate.edu/AAMI.php or contact Williams at 706-507-8594 or williams_johniqua@columbusstate.edu.