Reprinted with permission from the California State University External Relations office
White House education leaders met with a group of California State University (CSU) presidents and officials to discuss CSU’s initiatives to improve college access and graduation of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino and Tribal students.
The meeting, led by CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia, a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, was held March 1 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
CSU officials discussed programs developed by the Chancellor’s Office to reach out to underserved communities. Among programs discussed were the partnership with more than 100 churches to enhance college awareness among African American families, the annual Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) training of nearly 10,000 predominantly Latino parents of students attending middle schools served by each CSU campus, the partnership with Univision to produce the “Es el Momento” education fair for the Latino community, the college fairs for specific subgroups of Asian/Pacific Islander families, and the outreach to Tribal communities to improve college participation of Native American students.
Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education policy spoke about the Obama Administration’s Education Blueprint, a document that links the strength of the American economy to the education system.
The CSU initiatives for underserved communities are programmed by CSU External Relations and match similar initiatives developed by President Obama to increase the number of Americans who are college graduates.
To learn more about the CSU initiatives for underserved populations, visit the CSU External Relations Community Partnerships web page.
– Photos courtesy CSU External Affairs office