CSU Super Sundays preach to benefit African American students


By Tiffiny Gaston |Staff Writer|

Churches across California will host Super Sundays during the next two months to promote and inform African American youth about college.

The scheduled events will include speeches from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, trustees, campus presidents and other important CSU faculty.

Super Sundays are produced by the CSU African American Initiative, which began when former CSU Chancellor, Charles B. Reed and Bishop Charles E. Blake partnered together to inform African American youth about college.

Super Sundays started with only 24 churches and have now expanded to over 100 churches throughout California.

According to www.calstate.edu/supersunday, “The event is part of the CSU African American initiative, which started in 2005 when Chancellor Charles B. Reed and Bishop Charles E. Blake convened community, civic, business and education leaders to develop new ways to educate K-12 students, parents and families about the value of a college degree to ensure a stable future.”

The purpose of CSU annual Super Sunday event is to encourage and educate African American children about the importance of getting a college education.

According to www.calstate.edu/supersundays, “A central theme of Super Sunday messages is a call for students to begin planning for college admission as early as middle school and to enroll in challenging classes that prepare them for college.”

Chancellor White believes that educations is the key in securing one’s future.

“Education is the key to a better future for California,” said White. “The CSU’s commitment is stronger than ever to motivate and encourage African American students to prepare for college and earn a university degree.”

CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales along with White and many others, will be attending the Super Sunday event this month. This will be the first event for Morales, who believes in early college preparation.

According to news.csusb.edu, “This will be my first opportunity to be part of Super Sunday, but I have been a longtime advocate for early college preparation,” Morales said. “It’s critical that we partner with K-12 school systems throughout the region to increase the number of students who are ready to enroll in college-level courses after high school.”

Morales stressed the importance of educating today’s youth about the different opportunities they have to attend college and the impact it will have on their futures.

“I have also spent my entire career as a strong proponent for increased diversity in higher education. For many Inland Empire students and families, the thought of going to college is only a dream,” Morales said. “That is changing, but we need to do more to encourage and motivate students of all backgrounds to prepare for college early, because education is the key to a better future.”

Many Super Sunday event speakers will be handing out informational guides, which will provide a list of classes that students need to take in grades 6 through 12 to qualify for admission to the CSU. The guide also provides tips for parents on how to help their students succeed in school.

The first Super Sunday event will be held at the Principles of Faith Christian Center, Sunday, Feb. 24 at approximately 9:30 a.m.


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