By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The importance and value of a college education will be the focus of statewide presentations to African American churches throughout the state on Sunday, Feb. 23, as part of the California State University’s 15th annual Super Sunday outreach.
“College is within Your Reach … and it Powers Opportunity” is the theme of this year’s Super Sunday presentation. Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales will be among the CSU leaders, including Chancellor Timothy P. White, and alumni who will visit 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 14 years with more than 100,000 congregants, students and families slated to do so this year.
Morales, now is his eighth year in leading the university, will speak at Allen Chapel AME in Riverside at 10 a.m.
“In my nearly 45 years in higher education, I have always been a strong advocate of the importance of education,” Morales said. “A college degree can unlock life-changing and transformative opportunities not only for the graduates, but for their families and ultimately for their communities. Our goal is help prospective students, their parents and families realize that earning a college degree is attainable and help them achieve it.”
In addition, Student Affairs Vice President Paz Olivérez will visit New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino at 7 a.m.; Information and Technology Services Vice President Sam Sudhakar will visit Immanuel Praise Fellowship church in Rancho Cucamonga at 10 a.m.; University Advancement Vice President Robert Nava will visit Ecclesia Christian Fellowship in San Bernardino at 11 a.m.; and College of Education Dean Chinaka DomNwachukwu will visit Temple Missionary Baptist Church, also in San Bernardino, at 10:15 a.m.
On Feb. 9, CSUSB administrators visited Life Church Of God In Christ in Riverside.
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 Apply clinics and more.
A full list of Super Sunday partner churches can be found on the CSU Super Sunday’s Locations webpage.e
For more information, visit the CSU Super Sunday website. To connect on social media, use the hashtag: #CSUSuperSunday on Twitter.