San Marcos,
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Latin@ Center Ribbon-Cutting at Cal State San Marcos, Sept. 17

Media Advisory by Margaret Chantung

New center will support develop leadership and academic skills for lifelong success.

WHAT: California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is celebrating its newly opened Latin@ Center with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Center is a community space designed to serve the needs of all students at CSUSM with a particular emphasis on promoting greater awareness of Latin@ issues, culture and identity. In addition, support services such as mentoring and advising provide students with additional resources for lifelong success.

WHO: Dr. Karen Haynes, President, CSUSM; Dr. Lorena Meza, Vice President of Student Affairs, CSUSM; Maria Mendoza-Bautista, Latin@ Center Associate Director, CSUSM; Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, a San Diego-based non-profit that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform and social justice; and Quetzal, the Grammy-award-winning Chicano rock band, will perform at the event. Other guests include elected officials, regional leadership, and student, faculty and staff.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 at noon - remarks begin at approximately at 12:20 p.m.

WHERE: California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos.

Remarks will be in the University Student Union amphitheater followed by the official ribbon-cutting at the Center, located in the University Student Union, room 3300A.

Recommended media parking is in Parking Structure I, located near the intersection of Campus Way and Campus View Dr.

WHY: According to the The State of Higher Education in California – Latino Report, published in April 2015, in California Latinos are underrepresented in every segment of higher education and have lower levels of college degree attainment than other racial/ethnic groups. On average, 31 percent of Californians have a bachelor’s degree while only 12 percent of Latinos in the state do. The CSUSM Latin@ Center will serve the nearly 40 percent of CSUSM students who self-identify as Hispanic/Latino by helping these students set goals, gain leadership abilities and develop skills that will help them succeed academically, professionally and personally. A welcoming place for all students, the Center is an inclusive environment that will enhance CSUSM’s mission to be a diverse and welcoming university, reflecting and serving the region.