California State University Leaders Urge African American Parents to Talk to Children About College
Chancellor and presidents to speak at 10 Bay Area churches on Sunday, June 11
Contacts: Systemwide: Clara Potes-Fellow (562) 951-4806; San Francisco: Ellen Griffin (415) 338-6990; East Bay: Barry Zepel (510) 885-3884; San José: Nancy Stake (408) 924-1167
June 7, 2006 -- In an effort to increase the number of African American students eligible to attend college, the California State University is partnering with African American churches in the Bay Area to reach out to parents and students in their congregations.
On Sunday, June 11, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, eight CSU campus
presidents and a member of the CSU Foundation Board of Governors will
address congregations at 10 churches to bring awareness to the role of
parent involvement and early preparation in getting to college.
Chancellor Reed will speak at Allen Temple Baptist Church during the 8 a.m. service. Please see complete list of presidents speaking and churches below.
“Out of the more than 405,000 students enrolled at CSU’s 23 campuses, six percent are African American,” said Chancellor Reed. “Just 7,200 African American males are enrolled as undergraduates at the CSU, one of the most diverse university systems in the country. This is deplorably low, and all of us must be accountable for improving this number. The churches and the CSU are combining energies to bring this message to the congregation, parents, students and community leaders.”
Following the services, CSU outreach directors and church education advisors will provide information on the application and admission process, including virtual tours through CSU Mentor, the website that helps students apply for college.
The Bay Area Super Sunday outreach effort is the second such an event held by the CSU this year. In February, the CSU reached out to 20,000 African Americans in eight churches in Southern California. Super Sundays were created as a follow up to discussions held last year by the CSU with African American leaders of the Bay Area and Southern California.
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu
Participating Churches and Speakers:
Maranatha Christian Center
True Vine Church
Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ
Allen Temple Baptist Church
Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ
Saint Benedict Catholic Church
Love Center Ministries, Inc.
Voice Pentecost Church
City of Refuge
Third Baptist Church
Last Updated: June 7, 2006