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Tanika Gardner


I am Tanika Gardner, Director of the Educational Talent Search Program at CSUSB. I have worked with students in the area of education for 13 years. I completed a bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in Marketing and then went on to earn my MBA one year later. As a first generation graduate myself, I know the challenges of support and guidance throughout secondary education. I am eager to help bridge the gap for underrepresented youth in our communities and provide them with the tools to take control of their destiny now.

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Cherica Bell
Assistant Director

I am Cherica Silvera, Assistant Director for ETS. I participated in Educational Talent Search when I was in high school so this is my chance to inspire students and introduce students to opportunities beyond high school, like someone once did for me. I went on to college, and earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from CSUSB in 2012, and later earned my Master’s Degree from California Baptist University in 2019. My passions are mentoring youth, developing students personally and academically, and helping students go to college. My hope is that, regardless of their circumstance, students will see that possibilities are endless and life has no limits. This is only the beginning!

Cherica Bell Silvera