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Program Encouraging African Americans to Attend College Scheduled for Feb. 16

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Cal State East Bay and the California State University system (CSU) are partnering with 19 African American churches in Northern California for the ninth annual CSU Super Sundays scheduled for Feb. 16. The Super Sunday event is part of CSU's ongoing efforts to increase the number of African Americans attending college.

Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita and other CSU representatives will speak to Bay Area congregations about the importance of a college education.

Morishita will address the 10:30 a.m. service at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1909 Market Street in Oakland. Super Sunday presentations will take place at a total of 18 churches in the East Bay.

As the university’s outreach has grown through the years, CSU staff and church education liaisons have continued working together to further develop ways to communicate with the African American community, particularly young men. Programs launched in recent years include financial aid workshops, expanded distribution of college materials to sixth through 12th grade students and their parents, and the development of a how-to guide for church educational advisers who work directly with families within these communities.

Following each of the selected church services on Super Sunday, CSU outreach directors and church education advisors will provide information on the college application and college admission process, including virtual tours through CSU Mentor, the website that students use to apply to CSU campuses.

CSU officials and staff members will discuss the role of parent involvement and early student preparation in getting to college.

One of the informational pieces to be distributed during Super Sunday is the “How to Get to College” poster, providing middle and high school students and their parents with step-by-step information regarding the path to college.

Names and locations of participating Super Sunday churches are on Cal State East Bay's website. Click here for details.




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