CSU leaders reach out to minorities

first_imgOfficials credit last year’s effort with helping push black applications up by 12percent. “We want all our children to get this chance,” Reed said, drawing choruses of “Amen” from the audience. About 6percent of CSU’s 400,000-plus students are black, compared with a state population that is about 7percent black. Reed said he’s proud of CSU’s diversity, “but I know that we all have more to do.” As is true at colleges across the country, there is a gender gap with black women outnumbering men. Black men represent about 3.5percent of recent high school students but only 2.5percent of new CSU freshmen. OAKLAND – Leaders of the nation’s largest four-year public university took to the pulpit Sunday to preach the importance of going to college. The recruitment effort, dubbed “Super Sunday,” sent administrators of the California State University to 18 predominantly black churches in Northern California in an effort to boost enrollment. “We all share a dream that more of our young people will get a chance to go to college,” said CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, who spoke at the Acts Full Gospel of God and Christ Church in Oakland. Super Sunday, in its second year, drew a number of campus presidents as participants as well as Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a member of CSU’s Board of Trustees, who spoke at a church in nearby Hayward. A sweep of Southern California churches also is planned. Super Sunday is one of a number of initiatives aimed at increasing minority enrollment. In another program, CSU offers classes targeted at Latino parents to explain the mechanics of preparing their children for college and dispel any cultural resistance there may be to applying for financial aid. The idea of visiting black churches grew out of meetings with community leaders. “We are inspired, and we’re impressed with his direct approach to reach African-Americans,” Doris Limbrick, a senior associate pastor at Acts Full Gospel, said as she introduced Reed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more