Cal State East Bay President Mohammad Qayoumi has addressed at least two Super Sunday congregations each year since the CSU program began in 2006. (Photo: Barry Zepel)
In an effort to increase the number of African Americans attending college, Cal State East Bay and the California State University system partnered with 22 Bay Area African American churches for the sixth annual CSU Super Sunday Feb. 20. Throughout the day, Cal State East Bay President Mo Qayoumi and other CSU presidents, trustees, professors, staff members and Chancellor Charles B. Reed addressed the congregations about the importance of a college education.
“Super Sunday is an opportunity to highlight the value of receiving a college degree,” said Chancellor Reed. “Nearly eight in 10 future job openings in the U.S. will require postsecondary education. We want to make sure that each year more African American students graduate from college and are able to compete for these jobs.”
Following each of the selected church services on Super Sunday, CSU outreach directors and church education advisors provided information on the application and admission process, including virtual tours through CSU Mentor, the Web site that helps students apply for college.
During Super Sunday, Chancellor Reed, campus presidents – including President Qayoumi – as well as other university officials and staff members, discussed the role of parent involvement and early student preparation in getting to college.
“Super Sunday is not just episodic; it's part of a year-round effort on our part to get the word out about the opportunities available in the CSU to students from all underserved populations,” Qayoumi said. “Cal State East Bay and the other CSU campuses are deeply committed to reaching out to ensure that they and their families know about financial assistance and how to become eligible for college. Our recent rise in admission applications is a good sign that outreach makes a difference. That encourages us to keep getting out this message and develop new ways to reach out to the African American and other underserved communities.”
One of the informational pieces distributed during Super Sunday is the “How to Get to College” poster, providing middle and high school students and their parents with step-by-step information on the path to college. Members of each congregation also heard about the CSU’s Early Assessment Program, an academic preparation testing program enabling 11th graders to gauge their college readiness in English language arts and mathematics long before applying to the CSU.
Additional information about the CSU’s Super Sunday events in the Bay Area can be found on the Cal State East Bay Web site; while details about others in Northern California are available on the CSU site.