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The CSU Is Our University

By Deacon John Wilson, III
West Angeles Church

Outreach professionals from Cal State L.A. prepare to answer questions following CSU Super Saturday at West Angeles Church

Outreach professionals from Cal State L.A. prepare to answer questions following CSU Super Saturday at West Angeles Church

California State University’s Super Sunday is an incredible partnership program where the CSU is invited into churches to talk about reaching and graduating from college. As important as this program is, it is simply the beginning of an effort that continues far beyond February.

Here at West Angeles Church we have the West Angeles Education & Enrichment Program – with increasing affordable college access for youth in the church and surrounding community as one of the goals. We mold this program in the educational vision of our Pastor and Bishop by matching youth and families to colleges of all types across the country. Every year, 45-55% of these youth place in a CSU. This year, nearly all our 12th grade students applied to CSU campuses. More …

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An Inspiring Month of Education

Throughout February, the California State University partnered with African American churches to deliver a message of access. That message was simple: a college degree is in reach. CSU outreach staff handed out roadmaps of classes to take. Speakers addressed overcoming obstacles in English and math. Questions about financial aid were answered.

This CSU Super Sunday provides a kick-off and renewal of year-round activities that constitute the CSU African American Initiative. These services are meant to inspire California’s students – and equally inspire those who represent the CSU by reminding us of our mission.

Below is a selection of photos from the CSU Super Sunday of February 2014.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White gets inspired at Saints Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Fresno.
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Super Sunday: Our Collective Stories

By William A. Covino
President, Cal State L.A.

Bishop Charles Blake welcomes President Covino to the pulpit at West Angeles Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 23

Bishop Charles Blake welcomes President Covino to the pulpit at West Angeles Cathedral on Sunday, Feb. 23

Last Sunday was my first “Super Sunday” as the President of Cal State L.A. and I looked forward to joining with our community to discuss the importance of a college education – and help our young people identify pathways to success and a degree.

Super Sunday at the historic West Angeles Church was one of over 100 events that took place throughout California. This critical day of outreach represented the “kick-off” of many partnership efforts between the CSU African American Initiative and African American churches during the year. Since 2005, CSU Super Sunday efforts have more than quadrupled in size as CSU presidents, trustees, faculty and professional staff spend a day engaging with their communities. We are now reaching well over 100,000 African American students and families.

There is still much work to do in the African American community to reach out to students and families. That is why the CSU continues to be dedicated to providing access, financial aid, and an opportunity for a quality education for students from underserved populations. Super Sunday is one way we underscore this dedication. Especially as we’re reminded that the CSU’s outreach to the African-American community is not only about numbers on a page, or how many diplomas are awarded – although these are important benchmarks.

It’s about the sum of stories. Stories of students like:

Darnell Cates – a TV, Film and Media Studies major at Cal State L.A. who made it out of the foster care system and into college. Darnell grew up in a gang-infested neighborhood of Los Angeles and missed school a lot. Over a two-year period he bounced through six or seven foster homes. Eventually, he was adopted by Mary and Arthur Cates who helped Darnell realize his potential. And, from the first day he stepped onto the Cal State L.A. campus, Darnell knew he had already beaten the odds.
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Citizens for Tomorrow

By Horace Mitchell
President, CSU Bakersfield

President Mitchell and Chancellor White at CSU Super Sunday 2013

President Mitchell and Chancellor White at CSU Super Sunday 2013

The CSU African American Initiative is a partnership with African American churches and that partnership comes to life annually through a statewide event known as Super Sunday. Throughout February we celebrate CSU Super Sunday, a day which all members of the California State University family including the trustees, presidents, the chancellor, university executives, faculty and staff visit African American churches across the state to promote the value of a college education and the importance of early academic preparation.

When we began this initiative in February 2006, church leaders challenged us to make certain it would be both effective and sustained. We started with 11 churches in LA and 13 in northern California and this month we will be attending services and making presentations at more than 100 African American churches throughout California. More …

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Lifting Up Communities

By Timothy P. White
California State University Chancellor
Alumnus of Fresno State and CSU East Bay

At West Angeles Cathedral, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White meets with the actors who portrayed the story of Autherine Lucy, the first African American student to enroll at the University of Alabama.

At West Angeles Cathedral, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White (right) meets with the actors who portrayed the story of Autherine Lucy, the first African American student to enroll at the University of Alabama.

It is an amazing thing to be welcomed into someone’s home, treated as a member of the family and given a place of honor.  More amazing is to know that the visit preludes a long future of close partnership, that we have formed a family of common interest with shared plans for the future and hopes for our children.  This is how I feel along every step of the journey that we call CSU Super Sunday and the CSU African American Initiative.

Pastor Antonio Alfred of St. John Missionary Baptist Church used the apt analogy of rising up on the wings of eagles.  It is true that the church and university working together can create lift for our youth to fly.  It is right that we support each other in lifting our communities out of poverty and despair.  It is profound that we have all recognized that it takes a village to love, support and guide our children every day to a better future. More …

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Voices Unite for Access, Part 2

Throughout the months of February and March, many voices will carry the CSU Super Sunday message of college access.  Below are just a few images from Feb. 24.  CSU Super Sunday events continue with the schedule available online.

CSU Trustee Hugo N. Morales rejoins the Saints Community Church of God in Christ congregation after his remarks.  The trustee and Harvard graduate, who grew up in a Central Valley family of farm workers, related the struggles of his own educational journey to those barriers faced by many youth.

Between services at West Angeles Cathedral, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White (left) and Bishop Charles E. Blake (right) share thoughts on equipping students with the tools to achieve a college education. More …

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All Things to All People

By La Roya V. Jordan
Pastor of Christian Education and Children’s Discipleship
Faithful Central Bible Church

Pastor La Roya V. Jordan

Pastor La Roya V. Jordan

Paul writes to the Corinthians, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  

I love that verse and it is so true about the partnership between the California State University and churches like mine.  The brilliance of CSU Chancellor Emeritus Charles Reed was that he realized the university alone could not reach all children, schools alone could not reach all children, parents alone could not reach all children and churches alone could not reach all children.  Yet, we together as the CSU African American Initiative strive to become all things so that we might save our children from poverty, frustration and the worst curse of all – failure to achieve their potential.

This month our efforts took shape as CSU Super Sunday.  This clarion call from the pulpit focuses our efforts throughout the year, reminding both the university and church about our common mission. More …

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Voices Unite for Access, Part 1

Throughout the months of February and March, many voices will carry the CSU Super Sunday message of college access.  Below are just a few images from Feb. 17.  CSU Super Sunday events continue with the schedule available online.

CSU Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell (left), CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White (center) and CSU Chief of Staff Lars Walton (right) sit in the pews of Saint John Missionary Baptist Church as the chancellor prepares to speak to a Super Sunday congregation for the first time. More …

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Super Sunday – Creative Democracy in Action

Rev. Tommy E. Smith Jr.
Pastor, Palma Ceia Baptist Church
Hayward, CA

Pastor Tommy Smith

Pastor Tommy Smith

Our democracy, despite its historical inequities and sometimes slow response, is nevertheless a masterpiece of human socio-political engagement.  One of the keys and requirements of its ongoing success is the need to be innovative and creative in crafting solutions to needs that, for a variety of reasons, may not lend themselves to being solved by a specific governmental entity.  The California State University Super Sunday program is a highly successful example of one such program.  Super Sunday is a collaboration between the Cal State system and the African American faith community.  This unique paring is based on two important realizations; the fact that African American participation in post secondary education needs to improve, and the fact that churches and other houses of worship are a very effective means of reaching out to African American students. Super Sunday is a creative and effective way to address educational under-participation by using African American churches to help “Spread the word!”  More …

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Partnering for Our Children’s Future

By Nicole Trimble
Parent of CSUN Students
Member of Glory Christian Fellowship
Volunteer at Morningside High School

I met California State University, Chico’s President Paul Zingg at Glory Christian Fellowship in February, 2010. He was participating in a program called CSU Super Sunday, a partnership between the Cal State system and African American churches across the state. From the pulpit, President Zingg shared the message that college is an attainable dream, a catapult for success and he personally wants our students to be successful at his campus. I took the president at his word and, after talking to the president myself, passed on contact information for the assistant principal of my children’s high school, Morningside. The Assistant Principal was a little apprehensive because she had never heard of such a partnership, but took the information anyway. The next day, President Zingg called Morningside’s assistant principal and now Chico State administrators are in continuous contact with a high school 500 miles away in Inglewood.
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