External Relations

The African American Initiative

The goal of the CSU African American Initiative (AAI) is to increase the college preparation, enrollment, and graduation rates of African American students from underserved communities. In partnership with California churches serving predominantly African American congregations, the CSU delivers a variety of outreach events and programs.


Woman at podiumCSU Super Sunday occurs during the month of February, at more than 100 churches across California, when CSU leaders including the chancellor, deliver a call to action from the pulpit encouraging youth to go to college. They are joined by CSU experts in admissions and financial aid who deliver tools necessary to prepare. It is estimated that the CSU has reached nearly 1 million students and their families through Super Sunday over the last decade.
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CSU Super Saturday is a college fair that inspires middle and high school students to prepare for college success at the CSU. The fair includes most CSU campuses, and provides students and their families' with information about the admissions process, financial aid, STEM careers, and more.
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Deepening the Partnerships

Train-the-Trainer focuses on building the capacity of community education advisers to support college readiness. Through these workshops advisers become familiar with the tools to prepare middle and high school students for entry to the CSU system.
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CSU Counselor Conferences extend the learning from the Train-the-Trainers workshops, by inviting community education advisors to attend the annual CSU Counselor Conferences in the fall to learn up to date information about admissions to the CSU.

Quarterly Meetings where Church education advisers and community organization leaders meet quarterly with CSU representatives to facilitate the planning and evaluation of African American Initiative events and programs.

The Initiative History

The African American Initiative began in March 2005 when the CSU convened civic, business, and education leaders in a town hall in Los Angeles. Soon after, a similar meeting was held in Oakland. Through these meetings, a strategy to educate students and parents about early preparation for college was developed. As a result, the CSU and its new church partners began to share institutional resources to increase awareness about higher education, and the steps needed to prepare.

News Clips

Super Sunday Newsroom

8/14/2015 Working with churches, summer algebra program for black students aims to boost college entry, KPCC