​Victor E. Bulldog, Matty the Matador and 12 other California State University mascots, along with teams of supporters, gathered on the steps of the Capitol on June 1 to advocate for an additional $101 million in state funding to support the university’s focus on bolstering degree completion rates.

Mascot Day is a part of #StandWithCSU, a budget advocacy effort aimed at urging lawmakers to fully fund the Support Budget approved by the CSU Board of Trustees. The additional $101 million would be used to enroll an additional 12,600 first-time freshmen and California Community College transfer students, advance efforts to increase graduation rates, such as hiring more faculty and academic counselors, and address needed facility repairs and modernization.

As the largest producer of bachelor’s degrees in the state and the leading provider of college degrees to Latino and African American students, an ongoing state investment to the CSU is important to the vitality of California’s economy and people. Budget advocacy efforts will continue this month, as budget negotiations progress toward the passage of a finalized state budget in late June.

To support CSU’s advocacy for a fully funded support budget, follow #StandWithCSU on social media.