African American History Congressional

Summer 2020


Explore the African American narrative in historical events from a local and national perspective.  Discover how slavery permeated African American history through education, disenfranchisement, and segregation.  Relate radical reconstruction of the 19th century to the political, cultural, and social activism of the 21st century.


  • Earn 3 college history credits at no cost to student
  • Exposure to African American historical paths, and to see oneself in the history
  • Engage with state and national experts on  topics related to African American history
  • Participate in PBE learning in Chicago and St. Louis for FREE

Only 100 current sophomores and juniors can participate each summer.


Face-to-Face and Multi-Media Instruction

July 6-28 | Monday-Friday  |  9 AM-4 PM

On-Campus Days

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10, 2020
Monday, July 13 – Thursday, July 16, 2020
Monday, July 20
Monday, July 27 – Tuesday, July 28, 2020


Chicago Day Trip

Friday, July 17

St. Louis Overnight Trip 

Tuesday, July 21
Wednesday, July 22
Thursday, July 23



In the opening week, we will identify the importance of alternate interpretations of history through lecture and group discussion and how those interpretations can change according to group perspectives. Topics will include: African American status throughout history; the role of modern education in African American knowledge and identity; the cultural impact of conflict over African American citizenship; and how educational practices have alienated the African American from modern civic participation.

Through lecture, group work, and guest speakers we will you will discover African American identity through challenges from the past and present. Through Group work, we will recognize the challenges and importance of unity and develop approaches for increasing civic engagement that overcome African American historical experiences of assimilation and acculturation. We will l explore the role of systemic racism in the political process, as African Americans move to establish their own political agenda in the 20th and 21st century. We conclude on high note looking at the contribution to democracy through jazz.

On Friday, we embark on the first PBE learning trip to Chicago, IL visiting a museum and other historical sites.

We prepare for and participate in the second PBE learning trip to St. Louis, MO, where we will visit museums, national historic parks, and other historical sites.

The program culminates with the Congressional Academy Showcase. 



Students must be a current high school sophomore or junior during the 2019-2020 academic year. 


Only 100 current sophomores and juniors can participate each summer. In the event that the program receives more applications than available spots a wait list will be formed.

Admission to the Congressional Academy will be conducted in two phases. 

Phase One is for eligible applicants who participated in the program during summer 2019 and/or are enrolled at a high-minority school (30% or more students of color) or a school with 60% or more students living in poverty, and/or are enrolled at a target district school (Racine or Kenosha Unified School District.)

Phase Two is for all applicants meeting the eligibility requirements.  Phase Two applications will be accepted, and admission decisions will be made, on a first-come-first-serve basis. 


  • Complete the online Congressional Academy program application
  • Have your parent complete the Parental Consent Form
  • Ask your social studies teacher or Principal  to complete the Teacher/Principal Recommendation Form
  • Have your transcript sent to

Email  | 

UAH Program
UW-Parkside, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53144

Applications for admission to the program will not be reviewed until they are complete.

Phase One - Applications Open: Monday, December 9, 2019

Phase One - Application Closes: Friday, February 14, 2020

Phase One Admission Decision: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Phase Two - Applications Opens Saturday, February 15, 2020

Phase Two - Application Closes: Friday, May 29, 2020

Phase Two Admission Decision: continuously on a first-come-first serve basis after Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The following criteria and point system will be used to evaluate applicants in each application phase.   

Criteria for the Selection of Students Points (Max 100)
Student is a returning participant from previous year, was successful, and still qualifies based on grade level 100

Student attends a high-minority school (30% or more students of color) or a school with 60% or more students living in poverty


Student is from target districts of KUSD or RUSD

Passing grades in Freshman and Sophomore Social Studies courses 20
Student is recommended by teacher or school principal 15



Denise Olstinske | (262) 595-3001 |

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