CSU takes college message to African-American community
Following the service at Antioch Progressive Baptist Church, Sac State financial aid specialist Temperance Bonner chats with prospective students Terrence Foley, 17, of Laguna Creek High School and Eddie Armijo, 15 of Cosumnes Oaks High School. Both reside in Elk Grove, CA.
California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed joined Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Sheley and Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Varlotta as they visited churches in Sacramento’s African-American community Feb. 21 to promote higher education.
Reed spoke at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Gonzalez at Antioch Progressive Church, Sheley at Oak Park United Methodist Church and Varlotta at Shiloh Baptist Church.
The importance in planning for college admission as early as middle school and enrolling in challenging classes to prepare for college was a central theme of the speakers.
“We want students to know that a college degree is within reach, and we want to help them obtain it,” Gonzalez says. “The first step is being prepared, and this helps us share that message with potential students and their families.”
The CSU outreach program, called Super Sunday, is in its fifth year. It initially began with visits to 24 churches but has expanded to include more than 90 churches throughout the state.
Since Super Sunday was launched, the CSU has seen a 78 percent increase in the number of African American students applying for freshman admission and a 20 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment by African American students from 2004 to 2008.