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Students from Cal State San Bernardino were among the group of students from the 23 California State University system campuses to attend the annual California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS) held in Sacramento recently. As part of the March 9-11 conference held by the Cal State Student Association (CSSA), the 11 CSUSB students participated in the CSU system-wide lobby and advocacy day on March 11. The students met five state legislators, including Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-San Bernardino of the 47th Assembly District, and James Ramos, D-Highland of the 40th Assembly District, to talk about financial aid and the ongoing crisis of student debt. The CSUSB students attending were Prince Ogidikpe, ASI president; Robert Navarratte, ASI director of external affairs; Yera Yesuto Nanan, ASI executive vice president; Pedro Gamez, ASI videographer; Priscilla Maldonado, ASI advocate; Mellissa Patton, ASI special projects coordinator; Yessica Rodriquez, ASI board member representing the College of Education; Yusra Serhan, ASI advocate; Tanya Esquivel, ASI board member representing the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Kristy Robles, ASI vice president of finance; and Joseph Mithers, ASI marketing manager. The students also participated in a financial aid rally held on the capitol steps by the CSSA with the participation of 23 CSU campus student associations. For more information about CHESS, visit the CHESS website. To learn more about these advocacy efforts, visit the CSSA website.