By Stephen L. Weber,
President of San Diego State University
Under the leadership of the CSU’s Super Sunday initiative, my colleagues and I have been speaking to the congregations of predominately African American churches throughout California for the past few years. It has been a real pleasure to collaborate with deacons, pastors as well as a Bishop dedicated to the spiritual, social and academic success of young people. I have listened and learned more about the strong commitment communities have to their children’s future. Last year in addition to hosting a dinner for community and church leaders at our house, I had the privilege of speaking before several services at three local churches, and was proud to see the number of supportive CSU Alumni in pews.
With the support of San Diego State University student volunteers, faculty, staff and our Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) we hosted several Saturday college fairs at three churches.
I’m confident our 2010 Super Sunday presentations will be exceptionally rewarding. On February 28th, the Director of our EOP, Reggie Blaylock, will be speaking on behalf of the CSU at Antioch Baptist Church in Long Beach. At the same time I will be speaking at Christ United Presbyterian Church, here in San Diego.
While the CSU Super Sunday initiative reminds us of the rich talent within the African American community, it also reinforces our commitment to the success of all students. Beyond speaking from the pulpit, at predominantly African American churches, I am proud of the relationships that are strengthened by conversations grounded in respect and mutual concern for the future of these students and their communities. As one of the nation’s top ranked universities for racial diversity, San Diego State University values the opportunity to continue to build those relationships with diverse communities in San Diego, in California and throughout the world.