Sanders to attend Stanford and California campuses as part of outreach

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be attending Stanford University on Wednesday, his first day in California, and attending the Cal Poly Pomona campus on Thursday, the campaign said.

Sanders is expected to arrive in California at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, according to the campaign.

Sanders will speak to students and faculty at Cal Poly on Wednesday afternoon, followed by a speech at 11:30 a.m., followed by an interview at noon.

The California campuses will be open to the public, according a campaign press release.

Sanders and his wife, Jane, have been traveling the country for the past week, speaking in at least six states, including California.

The Sanders campaign said he will attend Stanford on Wednesday.

Sanders, who is the first independent to win the Democratic nomination for president, is a former U.S. senator from Vermont who has long been a supporter of the civil rights movement.

He is also the son of civil rights icon Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. He received a $2,700 scholarship for his Cal Poly degree from the California Board of Regents.

In 2013, Sanders became the first senator to receive a $25,000 federal grant to help with his college education.

He has been a prominent opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline and other fossil fuel projects.

The pipeline was proposed by Canadian company TransCanada Corp. to carry crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas.