Students from middle school through community college, and their family members, will experience Fresno State’s campus life first-hand when the University hosts its first Super Saturday: African American College and Career Summit during homecoming week.

The summit, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Satellite Student Union, will center on accessing resources, networking and collaboration to address college readiness, retention and graduation from a post-secondary institution. Throughout the day, students and their families will attend workshops, hear from educational and community leaders, learn about community resources and win raffle prizes.

And with homecoming festivities taking place across campus, all participants will be invited to attend a Super Saturday tailgate from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Margie Wright Diamond softball concourse before Fresno State’s football game against Hawaii at 7:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.

“Super Saturday will be a day of engagement for prospective African American students, parents and the communities that support them to experience what Fresno State has to offer as their post-secondary option,” said Wendy Nelson, coordinator of the African American Initiative at Fresno State.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and Dr. Frank Lamas, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, will address the attendees between 8:35 and 9 a.m.

Super Saturday is organized by the African American Initiative, designed to increase outreach efforts, enrollment, college readiness and graduation rates among African American students.

The African American Initiative is housed under Outreach and Special Programs at Fresno State, a department within the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

The event is the kickoff of the Super Saturday College Academies that will be taking place once a month at designated churches throughout the academic year. The academies will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will specifically address middle school and high school students and their parents or guardians.

The next scheduled Super Saturday event is Nov. 10 at Generation Changers Church (704 Fresno St.) in West Fresno.

For more information, contact Wendy Nelson at 559.278.5374 or