CSU's Gospel Approach to Reaching Out
10:30am | Back in March of 2005, California State University (CSU) Chancellor Charles Reed held a meeting in Los Angeles with Church of God in Christ Bishop Charles Blake. Along with civic, business, and educational leaders, their meeting was created to discuss a strategy to educate students and parents about early preparation for college. It was at this time that two things were born: CSU Super Sunday and the African-American Initiative, one of six community partnerships that the CSU partakes in, in which the goal is increase college going rates amongst African-Americans.
Throughout February, CSU leaders will meet at more than 100 predominantly African-American churches to continue this strategy straight from the pulpit during Sunday services. The program reaches more than 100,000 churchgoers, urging students to begin college planning as early as middle school and enrolling in more challenging courses.
A trio of Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) officials will take part in this year's Super Sunday. President F. King Alexander will speak this Sunday, February 12, at Gospel Memorial Church of God in Christ in Long Beach. He will be joined by Marie Alford, CSULB director of admissions, who will speak at Long Beach’s Praise Temple, also this Sunday. Next Sunday, February 19, CSULB Vice President for Student Affairs Douglas Robinson will speak with the congregation at Faithful Central Church in Inglewood.
Along with these CSULB representatives, Chancellor Reed will speak this Sunday at 10:00am at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles; he will take the pulpit during the 10:30am service at Family Bible Fellowship in Newark.