Cal State San Bernardino’s Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association have joined the San Bernardino Westside Action Group to host a welcome reception for new university President Tomás Morales on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Inghram Community Center at 2050 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino.
The event is an opportunity for community members to meet and greet Morales and welcome him to the Inland Empire.
“Our desire is to offer community support to President Morales and show him that we are champions for our community as well as for the university,” said Alton Garrett, president of WAG. “We want to continue the relationship we had established with President Emeritus (Albert) Karnig and Cal State San Bernardino.”
WAG is a proactive organization for African Americans serving the city of San Bernardino. It serves as a community forum and an activist organization that provides resources for those in need, serving as an advocate for education issues and policies, and serving as an advocate for economic and community development.
“This year, WAG is celebrating 40 years of providing a forum to the Inland Empire, of being openly accessible to CSUSB and the community,” said Walter Hawkins, 2nd vice president of WAG and retired director of research policy and analysis at CSUSB’s Department of Undergraduate Studies.
“Because WAG brings together a cross-section of organizations throughout the Inland Empire, we wanted to create an informal gathering of various groups to open up dialogue and foster the continuing relationship we’ve enjoyed with Cal State San Bernardino,” said Hawkins.
CSUSB’s Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association was established in 1978.
“The mission of CSUSB’s BFSSA, said Kathryn Ervin, CSUSB professor and chair of the theatre arts department and president of BFSSA, “is to support an understanding of the unique concerns of Black faculty, staff, students and administrators and to provide opportunities for the enrichment of the larger community through educational, cultural and civic events.”
There will be light refreshments and the opportunity to network with the various representatives of local African American organizations, business owners, educators and political leaders.
To confirm attendance, RSVP online at the “Welcome Reception for Dr. Tomάs Morales” website.
For more information about the event, contact Kathryn Ervin at (909) 537-5892.
For information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.