Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita (center) was one of the busiest church visitors on behalf of the CSU during Super Sunday in 2012. (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 are partnering with 19 Bay Area African American churches for the eighth annual CSU Super Sundays scheduled in February.
Most outreach events will take place on Feb. 17, when CSU representatives will address congregations about the importance of a college education.
Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita will address the 11 a.m. service Feb. 17 at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., in Oakland. Super Sunday presentations will take place at a total of nine churches in the East Bay. New CSU Chancellor Timothy White will speak at the 8 and 11:30 a.m. services of Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ on March 10.
"Education is the key to a better future for California," said White. "The CSU's commitment is stronger than ever to motivate and encourage African American students to prepare for college and earn a university degree."
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 (http://www.csueastbay.edu/events/super-sunday/); while details about others in Northern California (http://www.calstate.edu/supersunday/) are available on the CSU site.