CSU Leaders and Church Pastors Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Pipeline to College
Faith-based leaders and CSU officials met on June 16 at CSU East Bay to discuss programs strengthening the African American pipeline to college. (Photo by CSU East Bay Public Affairs)
African American pastors from Central and Northern California and CSU leaders met on June 16 at California State University, East Bay to reaffirm their commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented students at CSU campuses.
The meeting was held as part of the CSU African American Initiative, an outreach program created to raise the educational aspirations of African American youth and their families.
The initiative is a partnership between more than 100 churches across the state and the CSU system and its campuses. The collaboration involves parents, students, community leaders and university officials, who work together on several college outreach and preparation programs throughout the year.
CSU Super Sunday Founding Churches
Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ
Bishop Bob Jackson
Allen Temple Baptist Church
Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr.
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
The Rev. Alvin Bernstein
Center of Hope Community Church
The Rev. Brondon Reems
City of Refuge United Church of Christ
Bishop Yvette Flunder
Easter Hill United Methodist Church
The Rev. Billye Austin
First Baptist Church of Pittsburg
Pastor Henry L. Perkins
Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ
Bishop J. W. Macklin
Ingleside Presbyterian Church
The Rev. Roland Gordon
Palma Ceia Baptist Church
The Rev. Tommy Smith
Providence Baptist Church
The Rev. Calvin Jones, Jr.
"With the pastors’ support we have reached the goal of creating a statewide program to improve the pathway to college for African American students," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Through the initiative we are making a difference and have seen double-digit increases in African American applications and strong increases in their enrollment."
The meeting was attended by approximately 65 pastors and senior church representatives from predominantly African American churches. CSU representatives included Chancellor Reed, Vice Chancellors Benjamin Quillian and Garrett Ashley, and campus Presidents Mohammad Qayoumi (CSU East Bay), Horace Mitchell (CSU Bakersfield), Jon Whitmore (San Jose State) and William B. Eisenhardt (Cal Maritime).
Eleven churches were recognized for being Northern California founding churches of CSU Super Sunday and for having held annual CSU Super Sunday events during each of the five years of the initiative. Super Sunday is an annual event that presents a message of college opportunity delivered by CSU leaders during African American History Month. The event takes place at more than 100 churches throughout California.