CSUSB Officials to Promote the Importance of a College Education as Part of CSU Statewide Super Sunday Outreach


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales and three other university administrators will speak at local African-American churches on Sunday, Feb. 10, expounding the importance and value of a college degree during the 14th annual California State University’s Super Sunday presentations throughout the state.

Morales will be among the CSU leaders, including Chancellor Timothy P. White, and alumni who will visit nearly 100 churches across the state to deliver a message encouraging the pursuit of higher education.

More than a million people have attended Super Sunday outreach efforts over the last 13 years with more than 100,000 congregants, students and families slated to do so this year.

Morales will speak to the congregation at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in San Bernardino during the 10 a.m. service.

“Our message is simple, but very important to the future of our young people,” Morales said. “A college degree can unlock life-changing and transformative opportunities for you, your family and your community. It is never too early to prepare for college. Or too late to return.”

Along with Morales, three other CSUSB administrators will speak to congregants at churches in the region:

  • Robert Nava, the university’s vice president for advancement, will be at Allen Chapel AME in Riverside for the 10 a.m. service;
  • Samuel Sudhakar, the vice president of Information and Technology Services will be at Immanuel Praise Fellowship Church in Rancho Cucamonga for the 10:15 a.m. service; and
  • Harry Le Grande, the university’s interim vice president for Student Affairs, is scheduled to speak at New Hope Mission Baptist Church later this month.

In addition, Loren Blanchard, the CSU’s executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, will speak at Life Church of God in Christ Church in Riverside during the 10 a.m. service.

Congregants will also receive information about CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025, CSU’s initiative to increase graduation rates while eliminating achievement and equity gaps.

CSU resources will be provided to help students and families foster a college-going culture at home, including information about preparing for college, applying to a CSU campus and applying for financial aid.

CSU Super Sunday is one of many events supported by the CSU community to increase the preparation, retention and graduation of African-American students. The year-round partnership between the CSU and Faith Based community leaders throughout the state provides additional outreach, support and preparation events such as campus college fairs, financial aid completion workshops, Cal State Applyclinics and more.

For more information on Super Sunday, contact CSU Public Affairs at (562) 951-4800. A full list of Super Sunday partner churches can be found here. To connect on social media, use the hashtag: #CSUSuperSunday.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit inside.csusb.edu.

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