California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison joined CSU leaders from throughout the state attending churches on Super Sunday with the message that “college is for you.”
Harrison, who spoke during services at H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries on Feb. 28, was among four CSUN officials who attended local churches.
“Whatever your circumstances, whatever your age, know these three things: you can attend college; you can afford college; and you can succeed in college,” said Harrison, noting that the deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is the form needed to qualify for financial assistance is due March 2.
Since 2005, the CSU has partnered with California churches serving predominantly African-American congregations. The goal of the initiative is to increase the college preparation, enrollment and graduation rates of African-American students.
While Harrison was in Granada Hills at H.O.P.E.’s House, CSUN Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins ’74 (Urban Studies) spoke at the Living Praise Christian Center in Chatsworth; and CSUN Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brandon E. Martin spoke at Bethel AME Church in Oxnard. Also, on Feb. 14, Associate Vice President of Financial Services Deborah Wallace spoke at Agape Community Church in Lancaster. All delivered similarly motivating messages.
As part of her closing message, Harrison acknowledged the CSUN alumni and students in attendance at the church.
“To those who are standing, tell your story and be a voice of inspiration for the next generation, in the same way someone may have inspired you,” Harrison said. She said the CSU and CSUN are committed to ensuring a pathway to college success.
After the service, parents and students had an opportunity at all the churches to engage with CSU representatives, obtain posters on How to Get to College and learn how to navigate CSUMentor.edu — a website that helps students explore campuses and majors, as well as apply to the CSU. Representatives of the CSUN Black Alumni Association were also in attendance.
For more information about CSUN student outreach programs, visit the campus’ Office of Student Outreach and Recruitment Services (SOARS).