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Conoley To Take Part In Super Sunday

Published: February 20, 2017

CSULB President Jane Close Conoley and Vice President for Student Affairs Carmen Taylor will participate in the 12th Annual CSU Super Sunday on Feb. 26 to deliver a message to encourage students to pursue higher education. Conoley and Taylor will speak at two local churches, which will be among the more than 100 to be visited by California State University (CSU) leaders across the state. Other Super Sunday events took place on Feb. 12.

CSU Super Sunday reaches out to churches statewide as one of many events coordinated by CSU’s African American Initiative, an effort to increase the preparation and retention of African-American students. It’s part of the year-round partnership between the CSU and leaders in African-American communities throughout the state and provides support through additional outreach and preparation events such as the Super Saturday College Fair and the Summer Algebra Institute.

On Feb. 26, President Conoley will speak twice at the Antioch Church of Long Beach (9:30 and 11:30 a.m.) while Taylor will speak at the Christ Second Baptist Church in Long Beach (9:30 a.m.).

“Super Sunday is a great punctuation, in a way, of our commitment to do active outreach to invite local and community members, especially those who are underrepresented in higher education, to give us a look,” said Conoley. “Our message is that it’s never too early to start getting ready or it’s never too late and if you prepare yourself you have a place here.”

In part, Super Sunday supports Graduation Initiative 2025, CSU’s plan to increase graduation rates and eliminate the achievement gap for the CSU’s 475,000 students across its 23 campuses. At the events, CSU resources will be provided to help individuals foster a college-going culture at home, including information about preparing for college, applying to a CSU campus and applying for financial aid.

The year-round partnership between the CSU and leaders in African-American communities throughout the state provides support through additional outreach and preparation events such as the Super Saturday College Fair and the Summer Algebra Institute. Locally, CSULB has established a church initiative through the Long Beach Ministers Alliance, a group of 15-20 church leaders from around Long Beach that meets monthly with campus representatives.

President Jane Close Conoley at 2016 Super Sunday event.
PHOTO BY KEVIN TRAN
President Jane Close Conoley at 2016 Super Sunday event.

Following each Super Sunday talk, those attending will have the opportunity to visit a booth with information and posters for middle and high school students. The posters will provide information on how to access additional online tools to help map a path to college as well as understand the transfer process.

–Shayne Schroeder