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Super Sunday History

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal State Northridge distributing information about college at the Living Praise Christian Center in Chatsworth, California.

Dr. William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs at Cal State Northridge distributing information about college at the Living Praise Christian Center in Chatsworth, California.

Super Sunday is part of the CSU African American Initiative. In 2005, the CSU chancellor convened church, community, civic, business, and education leaders in a town hall at the West Angeles Church in Los Angeles. This meeting was followed by a similar convening at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. From those town halls emerged a strategy to educate students and parents about early preparation for college.

As a result, the CSU and its church partners began to share institutional resources to increase parentsí and studentsí awareness about higher education and the steps needed to prepare.

Super Sunday was developed as a way to bring CSU leaders into the community to share important information about university preparation, admissions, and financial aid.

For the past eleven years, on Sundays in the month of February, the chancellor, trustees, presidents and other CSU ambassadors speak from the pulpit at churches across the state.

The CSU partnership with churches for Super Sunday has from grown from 24 churches in 2006 to more than 100 in 2017. Each year, more than 100,000 congregants participate in Super Sunday.