June 11, 2008

Educational summit emphasizes importance of
college education, student success

Gonzalez at the Educational Summitplay mp3 View Slideshow

Sacramento State, the California State University and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church once again teamed 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,” was held Saturday, June 7, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento. The event was free and open to the public, and breakfast and lunch were served.

The summit was 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 began with opening remarks from Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez, who stressed that youths could reach the greatest level of success through the support system that surrounds them. He also spoke about the University’s commitment to student access and retention. “We want to get you here, and we want to keep you here through graduation,” Gonzalez said.

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

Workshop session topics included:

• 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 was 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.