In an effort to increase the number of African Americans attending college, Cal State East Bay and the California State University system are partnering with 22 Bay Area African American churches for the seventh annual CSU Super Sunday on Sunday, Feb. 19. Throughout the day, CSU presidents, trustees, professors, staff members and Chancellor Charles B. Reed will address congregations about the importance of a college education.
Chancellor Reed will address the congregation of Family Bible Fellowship Church, 37620 Filbert, in Newark at 10:30 a.m., while new Cal State East Bay President Leroy Morishita will address both the 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. congregations of Glad Tidings Church of God of Christ, 27689 Tyrell Ave., in Hayward.
In an early Super Sunday presentation Feb. 12, President Morishita will address both the 8 and 11:30 a.m. services at Acts Full Gospel Church, 1034 66th Ave., in Oakland.
As the university’s outreach has grown through the years, CSU staff and church education liaisons have continued meeting to further develop ways to communicate with the African American community, particularly young men. New programs launched include financial aid workshops, expanded distribution of college materials to sixth through 12th grade students and their parents, and the development of a how-to guide for church educational advisers who work directly with families within these communities.
Following each of the selected church services on Super Sunday, CSU outreach directors and church education advisors will provide information on the application and admission process, including virtual tours through CSU Mentor, the Web site that helps students apply for college.
CSU officials and staff members will discuss the role of parent involvement and early student preparation in getting to college.
One of the informational pieces to be 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 will hear 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 Super Sunday, including the names and addresses of participating churches, can be found on the Cal State East Bay Web site; while details about others in Northern California are available on the CSU site.
Any member of the university community can volunteer to be a greeter or ambassador at the CSUEB information tables set up at the churches on Super Sunday, according to Stan Hebert, associate vice president for student affairs. The website http://www.csueastbay.edu/events/super-sunday/index.html has more information on volunteer duties and a link to sign-up.