Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Does Chicago State University Have A relationship With The African American Community?



From:

Wanda Wright
Director, Community Affairs Department
Phone: (773) 995-2079
E-mail wwright@csu.edu

Over the past year and one-half we’ve hosted free public concerts and information sessions, Block Club Convention, 2 Southside Community Public Resource Days , several collaborative events with the entire CPS area 24 staff which includes south side elementary and high schools, partnered with local business collaborative agencies, hosted various community meetings, hosted 700 teachers, hosted the Alpha Leadership Academy out of Fenger High School and engaged in numerous community partnerships where our students gain college credit while working through coursework.

I have a print document called CSU in the Community in which formal partnerships are documented. Regarding the city’s largest food dessert that we sit in. We have one of the city’s first aquaponics facility. Tilapia and fresh greens and fruit being cultivated for eventual community consumption. We’ve merged with politicians, community leaders on all levels,, Charlene, Ishiwa, Syron, Robert Douglas, etc..Young and old- rich and poor, we really work at CSU.

We are hosting the King Bridge Memorial dedication on August 27, 2011 and 99th and King Drive, the Harambee Festival in October, Multi-cultural education summit in November, Kwanzaa in December and monthly (open-to-the-public) Special Service Area meetings monthly.

You won’t read about any of the positive gains in Jodi Cohens’ column because of her personal distaste for Dr. Watson. It obfuscates her journalistic style and encourages slanted stories. Please come to our campus, meet Mr. Harris, Come see the African American male resource Center.

I can’t wait to meet you.

Please forgive me. This response is a bit long. I’m passionate about my community and Chicago State University.


Sincerely,
Wanda

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