'Super Sunday' to outline paths to college

Leaders from the 23 California State University campuses have partnered with 100 historically African American churches throughout California for an eighth straight year to inform churchgoing students and their families about the importance of a college education as part of "Super Sunday" events statewide.

A photo of the San Francisco State University sign on the corner of 19th and Holloway avenues.

On "Super Sunday," Feb. 17, leaders from SF State will visit six different church congregations within San Francisco to inform young students about the advantages of a bachelor's degree and the best ways to plan and prepare for college. After the service, students can talk with CSU representatives about the application and financial aid process. Counselors will also be able to advise students on placement exams, tutoring resources and GED or course requirements.

SF State's "Super Sunday" presence is part of a series of events across the state organized by the CSU African American Initiative, which aims to increase the number of African Americans who earn college degrees. The events are held by leaders at all of the CSU's 23 campuses and reach about 100,000 churchgoers statewide.

SF State student Tachelle Herron-Lane, a San Francisco native, was introduced to the University at a Super Sunday event years ago. She eventually transferred to SF State from Laney College, became very active in the Black Student Union and the Educational Opportunity Program and is now a first-year graduate student. Last year, she came full circle and represented the University at Super Sunday events.

"I spoke with ten African American families at Super Sunday last year. Of the 10 families I met, three students applied to SF State, were accepted and now go here," she said.

"When they were applying, they called me up and said, 'This application is pretty hard, can you help me?' I met them on campus and walked them through the process," she said. "I still keep in touch with them now."

This year, SF State leaders including President Les Wong, Vice President for Advancement Robert Nava, College of Ethnic Studies Dean Kenneth Monteiro, College of Business Dean Linda Oubre and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Jo Volkert will give their thoughts on college preparation at six congregations throughout the city. Those congregations include Providence Baptist Church, Third Baptist Church, Ingleside Presbyterian Church, City of Refuge, Grace Tabernacle Church and Bell Chapel Christian Methodist.

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