President Nelson
CSUS President Robert Nelson
Addresses Forum
Photo by Lee M Vo


Friday, 3 to 4 p.m., Campus Locations

Following the afternoon seminars each Friday, an "open forum" is held from 3-4 p.m.

The Forum features invited speakers of note, usually from outside Renaissance, who share their views on varied topics with members, followed by lively question-and-answer sessions. The locations vary depending on CSUS availability, so check below. The speakers and locations can change due to campus scheduling, so check here right before each Forum.

Feb. 3: Debra Ortiz, CEO, Opening Doors, Sacramento
Del Norte 1004
Helping Refugees to Re-settle in Sacramento. Debra Ortiz is CEO of Opening Doors, a nonprofit agency that works with Church World Service and the US Department of State to help refugees, immigrants and human-trafficking survivors achieve self-sufficiency through job training, small business loans and access to legal and social services. She is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law and served in the state Senate and Assembly. She is an advocate for immigration laws and refugee resettlement. She was vice president of Planned Parenthood and the California Primary Care Association. Ortiz is a member of the Los Rios Community College District Board.
Feb. 10: Andres Resendez, Author, History Professor, UC Davis
Del Norte 1004
The Other Slavery.
Feb. 17: Tom Suchanek, Lead Scientist and Climate Change Coordinator, Western Ecological Research Center
Del Norte 1004
Climate Change and the Drought.
Feb. 24: Jesus Hernandez, Sociology Professor, UC Davis
Del Norte 1004
Sacramento Residential Segregation.
March 3: Omari Tau, Director, Opera Theatre, CSUS School of Music
Opera Selections.
March 10: Amy Rogers, Author
Del Norte 1004
Your Bacteria; Your Friend.
March 17: Mansour Yaghoubian, Owner, Mansour Rugs
Del Norte 1004
Do You See What I See? Persian and Oriental Rugs and Tapestries.
March 24:
Spring Break; No Forum.
March 31:
Cesar Chavez Day; No Forum
April 7: Milton Bowens
Del Norte 1004
Art Today.
April 14:
Del Norte 1004
April 21: Buck Busfield, Producing Artistic Director, Owner, B Street Theater
Del Norte 1004
B Street Theater Update.
April 28:
Del Norte 1004
May 5:
No Forum.