CSUN Provides Pathway to Higher Education at Super Sunday

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison speaking at H.O.P.E.’s House in Granada Hills.

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison speaking at H.O.P.E.’s House in Granada Hills during last year’s CSU Super Sunday event. Photo by Lee Choo.

California State University, Northridge will join CSU campuses from throughout the state at Super Sunday, an annual event where campus leaders visit predominately African-American churches to boost access, achievement and completion of historically underserved populations.

CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison and Vice President of Student Affairs William Watkins ’74 (Urban Studies) will be speaking on Feb. 23 at two local churches. Harrison will speak at the 10:45 a.m. service at H.O.P.E.’s House Christian Ministries (10654 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills, CA 91344), and Watkins will speak at the 11 a.m. service at the Living Praise Christian Center (9200 Owensmouth Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311).

“CSUN is committed to continuing to attract, retain and graduate students from all backgrounds,” Harrison said. “Super Sunday is just one of the many initiatives that support access and provide a pathway to a university education. Working together with the African-American community and their churches and congregations served results in better informed and better prepared students ready to take charge of their future.”

Launched in 2005, CSU Super Sunday is an annual event where leaders throughout the 23 CSU campuses work together in a united effort to give underrepresented students the tools needed to successfully enter college. To date, nearly 500,000 churchgoers have received information about financial aid, been introduced to the 23 CSU campuses and learned how to achieve academic success at the university.

After the service, parents and students have the opportunity 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.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White will speak during the 10:45 a.m. service at Saints Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Fresno on Feb. 16. On Feb. 23, he will take the pulpit during the 10:30 a.m. service at Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

CSU trustees, presidents, alumni and students will speak at a total of 113 churches this year, reaching nearly 100,000 youth and their families.

For more information about CSUN student outreach programs, visit the campus’ Office of Student Outreach and Recruitment Services (SOARS).