*It’s not new news that African American students don’t have access to the same information on how to get into the college of their choice as non-minority students.

Because of this, many students with the desire to go to college, and even the grades that would help get them there, find themselves frustrated and lose interest before the process is even started.

But hopefully, that’s about to change.

The San Fernando Valley Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will host the “2nd Annual African American College Planning Conference” to answer many of the questions that parents and students have about the college-bound process; especially as it relates to historically black colleges.

In an interview with EURweb publisher Lee Bailey, Kimberly J. Cooper talks about the upcoming planning conference, which will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita.

Kimberly Cooper

Kimberly J Cooper

The 2nd Annual African American College Planning Conference aims to empower high school students and their parents with important information on the college selection process: How to prepare, apply, and pay for college.

“We’re targeting children who wouldn’t normally get information about historically black colleges; exposure to how to write their personal statement [and] how to get financial aid,” says Cooper, a member of the hosting sorority. “We find a lot of students trying to figure out how to get to college and they end up not going because they can’t get in or they can’t find the information on how to go about it,” she adds.

Delta Sigma Theta's 2nd African American College Planning Conference With a goal to increase the number of high school students in the Santa Clarita Valley who will enroll in college, Cooper says the focus of the conference is to “… provide great workshops to get them started on the college plan. And also support the parents in figuring out the best way to support the child.”

The conference itself will have several key elements.

“It’s going to be broken up into two parts,” Cooper states. “In the beginning we will have a motivational speaker. Judge Kevin Ross (‘America’s Court With Judge Ross’)…will be talking about his experience and why college is important. And then we’re going to have several workshops led by various leaders and educators in the community.”

Judge Kevin Ross

Judge Kevin Ross

All high school students and their parents will be able to participate and engage in the informative workshops with topics that include “Why you should consider an HBCU,” “Affording College/Financial Aid/Scholarships and more.

For further information and to register for The 2nd Annual African American College Planning Conference, call Dr. Cherise Moore, Event Co-chair at (661) 312-2497 or visit the chapter website at

In Part 2 of the article, learn about the challenges minority students may face with the information or advice they get from high school counselors. Learn about the ‘Mini College Fair’ where you will meet reps from numerous HBCUs and more.


(Delta Sigma Theta’s 2nd African American College Planning Conference )