CSU Officials to Speak at 22 African American Churches

California State University officials will bring the college message to thousands of prospective students and their families during the third annual CSU Super Sunday. The event will take place at 22 African American churches in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz will attend services at the First Church of God in Inglewood.

“At Super Sunday, thousands of students and their families learn that planning for college starts in the sixth grade. We hope to make communities aware of the steps that students need to complete each year to get to college,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “We are pleased to say that these efforts are paying off. In recent years we have noticed an increase in African American applications and enrollment. In Fall 2007, African American enrollment increased by 6.5 percent at CSU campuses.”

Chancellor Reed will speak at 8 a.m. at West Angeles Cathedral and at noon at First AME Church, while other officials and CSU presidents will speak at other churches in the region.

Following the services, CSU outreach staff and church education counselors will provide information about college applications and financial aid. Students will also be introduced to CSU Mentor, the Web site that prospective students use to find information and apply to a CSU.

Other outreach efforts to be conducted by the CSU with the African American churches include financial aid workshops, and expanded distribution of college materials to sixth-12th grade students and their parents. The CSU has also developed a how-to guide for church educational advisers who work directly with families within these communities.

One of the informational pieces that will be distributed during Super Sunday is the “How to Get to College” poster. The poster provides middle and high school students and their parents step-by-step information regarding staying on the path to college, such as the classes they need to take, the importance of good grades, and how to apply for financial aid.