University President Joseph I. Castro is inviting Fresno State alumni, friends and broader community members to participate in a Community Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Save Mart Center.

“One of the most important parts of my job is to ensure I’m listening carefully to our stakeholders and community members,” Castro said. “After the recent incident involving one of our employees who made inappropriate comments on social media after the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, purposeful listening is even more important.”

Fresno State currently employs about 2,500 faculty and staff members, and has a record-high 25,000 students enrolled. Castro will also host a similar listening session for students, faculty and staff on May 2, which will be closed to the media and the public so campus participants feel more comfortable sharing their views.

He said these conversations with the community, faculty, staff, students and alumni will be essential to helping the University strengthen its focus and practices.