CSUB Leaders To Visit Local Churches for CSU Super Sunday

California State University, Bakersfield President Horace Mitchell and other university officials will visit churches across the area on Sunday, Feb. 25, to deliver a message encouraging students to pursue higher education as part of the California State University’s Super Sunday initiative.

Launched in 2005, CSU Super Sunday is an annual event where leaders throughout the 23 CSU campuses work together to help underrepresented students access the tools they need to successfully enter college.

President Mitchell will speak at Saint Peter Restoration Community Christian Ministries, 510 E. Brundage Lane, Bakersfield.  The service starts at 11 a.m.

Other CSUB officials speaking on Super Sunday are:

  • Men’s basketball coach Rod Barnes: The Cross Christian Church, 3025 S. Fairfax Road, Bakersfield (10 a.m.);
  • Associate Vice President of Academic Programs Dr. Vernon Harper: Greater Harvest Christian Center, 5421 Aldrin Court, Bakersfield (10:15 a.m.);
  • Director of Outreach Services Darius Riggins:  New Allen AME, 329 Ellington St., Delano (1:30 p.m.);
  • CSU Trustee and CSUB alumnus John Nilon: Praise Center, 345 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield (10:30 a.m.);
  • CSUB Antelope Valley Dean Dr. Randy Schultz: Living Stone Cathedral of Worship, 37721 N. 100th St., East, Sun Village (10 a.m.);
  • Investigator and Compliance Specialist Christopher Ballard: Compassion Christ Center Church, 1030 4th St., Bakersfield (9:30 a.m.).
  • Lecturer of Interdisciplinary Studies Dr. Tracy Salisbury: People’s Missionary Baptist Church, 1451 Madison St., Bakersfield (9 a.m.).

Participants also will receive information about Graduation Initiative 2025, CSU’s initiative to increase graduation rates while eliminating achievement and equity gaps. CSU resources will be provided to help students and families foster a college-going culture at home, including information about preparing for college, applying to a CSU campus and applying for financial aid.

CSU Super Sunday is one of many events supported by the CSU community to increase the preparation, retention and graduation of African-American students. The year-round partnership between the CSU and African-American community leaders throughout the state provides additional outreach, support and preparation events such as campus college and career fairs, financial aid completion workshops, Cal State Apply clinics and more.

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