African American Communities

The California State University partners with various Black and African American community organizations to increase the college preparation, enrollment, and graduation rates of African American students from underserved communities.


Juneteenth Symposium

This two-day event celebrates African American history and achievement and promotes the anti-racism work underway across the CSU’s 23 campuses. The event features world-class speakers who inspire connection, innovation, and continued pursuit of a just and equitable world.

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Super Sunday

The CSU has partnered with California churches to bolster our commitment to ensuring students in underrepresented communities have the resources and support to obtain an affordable, high-quality degree and access all the transformative opportunities that come with it. 

Since its launch in 2005, CSU Super Sunday has been the signature event of the university-wide African American Initiative, designed to provide important information about entry into college and the upward mobility afforded by a CSU degree.  More than 100 churches throughout California have opened their doors and facilitated the CSU reaching more than 1 million students and families. CSU leaders, including the chancellor, campus presidents, administrators, and campus faculty visit churches throughout the state to deliver a call to action from the pulpit encouraging youth to go to college.

The CSU is committed to fostering a vibrant community of diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators and CSU Super Sunday is an important part in realizing that goal.

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Summer Algebra Institute 

The Summer Algebra Institute is a free-of-cost computer based instructional program designed to prepare students for college level math. This six-week program features instruction that improves students' content knowledge, reasoning, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students also receive college preparation resources and exposure to college life through CSU campus tours.

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Deepening the Partnerships

Train-the-Trainer: These workshops focus on building the capacity of community education advisers to support college readiness. Advisers become familiar with the tools to prepare middle and high school students for entry to the CSU system.

CSU Counselor Conferences:  Community education advisors are invited to attend the annual CSU Counselor Conferences in the fall to learn up to date information about admissions to the CSU.

Quarterly Meetings: 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 CSU provides an abundance of culturally-specific resources to Black and African American communities throughout the 23 campuses.

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