Story Underrepresented Communities

Super Saturday Inspires Students

Elizabeth Chapin



More than 2,000 middle and high school students and their families gathered at CSU Dominguez Hills August 8 for Super Saturday, which is part of the CSU’s African American Initiative and aims to equip students and their families with the tools and resources it takes to get to college.

CSU volunteers were on hand to share information about admissions, the application process, courses, majors, campus life, housing and financial aid. And with representatives from nearly all 23 campuses present, students and families could decide which campus and program is the right fit by talking to current students and alumni, faculty and staff.

Breakout workshop sessions offered more information and many included firsthand accounts of the successful journey to college.

A session about how men of color can succeed in college made the biggest impact for 16-year-old Malique Phillips. The high school senior said he attended Super Saturday to expand his knowledge about college, but left that session with tools for success.

“I learned more about the obstacles men of color face on the journey to and through college and ways to overcome them including joining a peer support group where African American men can rely on each other, ” Phillips said. “The most important thing to do is stay focused. Your goal is to graduate and you need to do whatever you have to do to reach it.”

Taylor, a high school sophomore, says when she saw an ad for Super Saturday on her school website she knew she had to be there.

“It’s time to start looking into college so this was a great opportunity,” Taylor said. “The most important thing I learned today is to find something that fits and follow my passion.”

The Super Saturday event was developed as a result of the success experienced through Super Sunday, an annual outreach event held each February that brings CSU leadership to local churches to take the pulpit about college preparation.

For the third year, the CSU also joined with the McDonald’s Operators of Southern California who provided transportation and free breakfast for students from Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino and Antelope Valley.

Find out more about Super Saturday and the African American Initiative here.