The CSU works with African American community partners to increase the college preparation, enrollment, and graduation rates of African American students from underserved communities. In partnership with California churches serving predominantly African American congregations, the CSU delivers a variety of outreach events and programs.
CSU Super Sunday occurs during the month of February, at more than 100 churches across California, when CSU leaders including the chancellor, deliver a call to action from the pulpit encouraging youth to go to college. They are joined by CSU experts in admissions and financial aid who deliver tools necessary to prepare. It is estimated that the CSU has reached nearly 1 million students and their families through Super Sunday over the last decade.
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CSU Super Saturday is a college fair that inspires middle and high school students to prepare for college success at the CSU. The fair includes most CSU campuses, and provides students and their families' with information about the admissions process, financial aid, STEM careers, and more.
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The Summer Algebra Institute is a free-of-cost computer based instructional program designed to prepare students for college level math. This six-week program features instruction that improves students' content knowledge, reasoning, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will also receive college preparation resources and exposure to college life through CSU campus tours.
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Train-the-Trainer: These workshops focus on building the capacity of community education advisers to support college readiness. Advisers become familiar with the tools to prepare middle and high school students for entry to the CSU system.
CSU Counselor Conferences: Community education advisors are invited to attend the annual CSU Counselor Conferences in the fall to learn up to date information about admissions to the CSU.
Quarterly Meetings: Church education advisers and community organization leaders meet quarterly with CSU representatives to facilitate the planning and evaluation of African American Initiative events and programs.