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Issue #35
March 2013

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African American Churches and CSU Stand Together in Effort to Send Youth to College

California State University leaders reached out to the African American community during the 8th annual Super Sunday event held in February and March at approximately 100 churches in California.

Super Sunday is a partnership between the CSU system and California's African American faith community. The purpose is to encourage young people to earn a college degree.

CSU’s 8th Super Sunday was Chancellor Timothy P. White’s first because he took the helm of the CSU system in January. He rose to the occasion by announcing that the CSU’s commitment to African American education will be stronger than ever.

In February, White spoke during Super Sunday events at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Bakersfield and at West Angeles Cathedral. On March 10, he will address the congregation at Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ in Hayward.

Super Sunday presentations focus on early preparation for college and target middle school students and their families. The message puts an emphasis on taking high school classes in the A-G curriculum, which are essential to qualify for admission at the CSU and UC systems.

The message has been effective among the African American community. Since the initiative started in 2006, black student applications to the CSU have increased consistently each year. For instance, undergraduate applications for fall 2013 increased by 6.4 percent to 17,663 as compared to the previous year.

After making his presentation in two churches, Chancellor White described his Super Sunday experience in the Voices and Views blog.

Super Sunday Events in Central and Northern California

Trustee Hugo Morales
CSU Trustee Hugo N. Morales visits with Super Sunday participants after the service at Saints Community Church of God in Christ in Fresno.

President Gonzalez
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez greets parishioners after Super Sunday service at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento on Feb. 17

President Morishita
CSU East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita addresses the congregation of Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland.

Upcoming College Events and Fairs

March 10
Chancellor Timothy P. White speaks at Super Sunday event at Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ, Hayward.
Time: 8:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

March 17-19
36th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education
Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort by Hilton, Santa Barbara

March 27
Latino Education & Advocacy Days
CSU San Bernardino

April 15-16
HACU 18th National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Education

June 1
Journey to Success for Asian and Pacific Islander families in Southern California.
CSU Dominguez Hills.

Super Sunday at West Angeles

Chancellor Timothy P. White addresses the congregation at West Angeles Cathedral during CSU Super Sunday. "It is not where you start, it is where you finish," White told parishioners as he spoke about his own challenges as a high school student.

See the Super Sunday newsroom and schedule of events for 2013.


Education Summit at CSU East Bay Welcomes First Generation, African American, Latino and Asian Youth

East Bay Multicultural Education Summit

Students arrive at the CSU East Bay campus to learn about college preparation, financial aid and academic programs at CSU East Bay.

More than 1,000 students visited the CSU East Bay campus in Hayward to attend the Education Summit for first-generation college students, held on Feb. 23.

Students and families were welcomed by Leroy Morishita, president of CSUEB, and by local elected officials.

Workshops included sessions on college preparation, SAT and ACT entrance exams, and college financial aid. CSUEB officials also offered workshops about opportunities that facilitate college entrance for undocumented students and about programs to help Asian American and Pacific Islander students succeed in the university environment.

Workshops also were offered on math success strategies and pathways leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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CSU Dominguez Hills to Host Pow Wow in April

Pow WowCSU Dominguez Hills will host the 3rd Annual Pow Wow honoring Native American Indian victims of crime and violence.

The event will be held on April 20-21 at the university’s sculpture garden.

According to California Public Health Department data, the rate for assault injuries for American Indians from 2005 to 2010 was significantly higher than the state average.

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