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CSUB to Host Ally Rally for LGBTQ Community

California State University, Bakersfield is committed to making campus inviting and accepting to all students, no matter the gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and/or religion. As part of Diversity Month, CSUB will celebrate Pride Week by hosting the 8th Annual Ally Rally on Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in the Stockdale Room of the Runner Café.

The Ally Rally supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. The event is in partnership with ASI, Campus Programming, the Psych Club and Bakersfield Parents, Families and friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

The panel will discuss what it means to be an ally and supporter for LGBT+ students, faculty, staff, and community members. The panel members will feature:

  • Audrey Chevez, Director, Bakersfield Aid’s Project and Transgender Advocate;
  • Michael Harville, CSUB Counselor and Safe Zone Coordinator;
  • Jan Hefner, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Center of Bakersfield;
  • Alyssa Olvera, President, LGBTQ+Network;
  • Randy Schultz, Dean, CSUB Antelope Valley Center and Campus Ally; and
  • Valerie Schultz, Columnist and Freelance Writer.

“The 8th annual Ally Rally provides a safe place to examine stigmatizing attitudes about the LBGTQ+ community. Being shamed for who you are is harmful.  In this current political climate, it is especially important that we explore any implicit bias we may have,” said Yvonne Ortiz-Bush, assistant professor in the Advanced Studies Department and Director of the Educational Counseling program.

Other events throughout Pride Week will include:

  • Tuesday, April 18 – “TRANSforming Voices” – featuring Zoey Luna and Karen Adell Scott from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Stockdale Room.
  • Wednesday, April 19 – LGBTQ+ Resource Fair from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Red Brick Road, with the Ally Rally that evening.
  • Thursday, April 20 – Expression Nights: “Coming Out Stories” at 7 p.m. in the Stockdale Room.
  • Friday, April 21 – Gender Revolution, moderated by Dr. Debra Jackson from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stockdale Room.

Free parking is available in Lot M at the intersection of Don Hart East and Kroll. There will also be free food during the evening.

For more information, please contact Dr. Yvonne Ortiz-Bush at or 661-654-3087.

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