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'Celebrate CSUB!' Highlights University with Annual Open House for Community

The Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy at California State University, Bakersfield will celebrate National Better Together Day with a student-run program focused on appreciation of religious diversity at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, April 10 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Stockdale Room of the CSUB Cafeteria.

Better Together Day exemplifies the ideas of interfaith work. I love that it is an invitation for open dialogue between people of different beliefs and perspectives, which is important for understanding and appreciating each other,” said Carisse Geronimo, a senior at CSUB and alumna of Interfaith Youth Core’s Interfaith Leadership Institute, who organized the program. Six campus speakers will briefly share their unique insights, experiences and stories informed by their religious identities as Catholics, Muslims, Jews, and practitioners of Feminist Spirituality.

Participating in the Interfaith Leadership Institute gave me the courage and motivation to be involved in interfaith work on campus,” said Geronimo about her leadership development experience. Seeing the leaders of the conference so dedicated to their work made me want to strive for the goals of religious pluralism as well.

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Founder and President Eboo Patel said, “We all make choices to either find fault with the person sitting next to us who may see the world differently than we door to appreciate the perspective that person brings. IFYC is working to give students the tools to find common values with others and build a shared life together. On Better Together Day we stand together in celebration of that and show appreciation for the different worldviews and traditions that make up a campus environment.”

The campus partnership of the Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy and Interfaith Youth Core promotes thinking about religion for the public good. “IREPP is one way that various groups in the larger community religious leaders, educators, commentators, and public servants can come together and both find common ground and promote common causes for the common good,” said board member and local writer Valerie Schulz.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information about Better Together Day or the Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy contact Liora Gubkin at 661-654-2523. 

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