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.
"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.".