June 5, 2008

Educational summit emphasizes importance of
college education, student success

Sacramento State, the California State University and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church are once again teaming up to promote the importance of a college education to prospective students, their families and educational leaders. An educational summit, “Returning to Our Roots to Educate Our Children,” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 7, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3996 14th Avenue, in Sacramento. The event is free and open to the public, and breakfast and lunch will be served.

The summit is especially designed to reach out to young people in terms they’ll relate to, with workshop sessions such as, “Hip Hop is My Tutor.” The day begins with breakfast and registration, followed by opening remarks from Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez.

Craig DeLuz, Sr., capitol director for Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries, will follow with an address at 9:30 a.m. George McKenna, who implemented a successful school program stressing academic excellence at all levels, will provide a keynote address at 11:45 a.m.

Workshop sessions will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for students, parents and educators. Other session topics include:

• Students: Hip Hop is My Tutor; The New Alphabet: A-G; Resources to Increase Student Success; Building Me, Inc.; and Financial Aid Information: Money Matters.

• Parents: Parent Engagement and Empowerment; Making a Difference; Financial Aid Information; Pathways to the CSU/UC Systems; and Parents of a New School

• Educators: Assertively Seeking Knowledge; To Seek for Ourselves: Education for Self-Determination; and Financial Aid Information for Community Leaders.

The summit is a follow-up to the California State University’s Super Sunday events in February, in which CSU officials around the state visited local African-American churches to increase college admissions.

For more information on the event, contact St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at (916) 737-7070. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.