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Council For African American
Student Success

Celebrating Black History Month

Upcoming Event


Black History & Martin Luther King JR Celebration

26th Year Anniversary, February 18, 2023


  • • Peace March – line up at Amtrak at 10am
  • • Peace March step off at 11am
  • • Celebration will be held at Merced Theater at 12pm

For more information, call (209) 421-8124

Who We Are

The Council on African American Student Success (CAASS) is a county level partnership of leaders and staff from Merced County Office of Education, school districts, colleges, concerned community leaders, and organizations collaborating to support the success of African American and Black students.


Closing achievement and opportunity gaps is the most prevalent and enduring challenge that we face in American public education. The negative outcomes for African American students are at the core of this challenge, and in California, the gaps in outcomes between African American students and their peers is expanding.


The Council for African American Student Success (CAASS) advocates for student-centered schools to provide supportive environments in which African American and Black students can realize academic excellence and social-emotional wellness. We will achieve this through a focus on:


  1. 1. Policies that ensure equity for African American students;
  2. 2. Fair treatment for all students; 
  3. 3. Equitable distribution of resources;
  4. 4. Supports aligned with students’ needs; and 
  5. 5. Equitable access and inclusion in all curricular and extracurricular programs
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Scheduled Council on African American Student Success Meetings

Check back later for 2022-2023 dates

Network Contact: John Magneson | (209) 381-6634 | Email:

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