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President's Spring Address on Jan. 21 to focus on key issues during a challenging time

Several important topics will be addressed in President Nelsen's Jan. 21 speech to the campus community.

Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen will present his annual Spring Address virtually at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, offering his vision for the University against a backdrop of significant ongoing challenges and opportunities.

Nelsen is expected to talk about healing, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and social structures, as well as continuing to improve graduation rates. He will reaffirm the University's commitment to doing its part in battling COVID-19 through common-sense measures such as requiring vaccinations/boosters and masking, along with providing testing opportunities.

He also will address society's cracks and how, as the "people's University," Sac State can prepare future leaders who will preserve and champion democracy, not threaten it. He will call education "the great equalizer."

The Feb. 14 University-wide Antiracism and Inclusion Convocation, titled A Call to Action: Eradicate, Resolve, Liberate, will receive close attention from Nelsen. Coming after completion of the University's Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan, the Convocation is designed to lead to implementation of many of the plan's initiatives.

Significant faculty hiring and increased funding from the state will be cited as important strides forward, along with the success of Sacramento State: On The Rise, the University's first comprehensive fundraising effort, which is expected to far exceed its $225 million goal. 


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