Associated Students Diversity Commissioner
Arnelle Sambile is a third year student at SDSU, double-majoring in English and Communication. She was born in Herndon, Virginia, but her family currently resides in San Diego, California. She attended high school here in San Diego and graduated from Mira Mesa High School in 2013. Her life's passion is to empower those of marginalized identities and to serve underrepresented and under-served communities. She is currently employed at the Center for Intercultural Relations as a Diversity Peer Educator. Arnelle, notes that she loves her job. Working others to help them gain a better understanding of the world is paramount for her. In her free time she likes to draw, read, write, eat, and find cool fonts! She lives by the quote: "To be a student and not be a revolutionary is a contradiction."
Associated Students has a tradition of excellence in diversity and inclusion. Arnelle's leadership helps guide student leaders towards creating a better campus community. Aaron Bruce, SDSU Chief Diversity Officer said that "the shared governance model at San Diego State University creates an outstanding platform for diversity, inclusion and collaboration througout our community. Working with brilliant students like Arnelle helps reinforce our commitment to being one of the best universities in the world.
Associated Students President
Blaire Ward was the former SDSU's Student Diversity Commission Representative of
Associated Students for the 2014-15 year. She later moved on to being elected as Associated Students President. She is a senior majoring in
Communication and minoring in Management. Blaire is a proud member of Pi
Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, SDSU Rotaract, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors
Society and the
SDSU Cast. On her free time, she enjoys singing, reading, baking,
traveling, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.
She believes her strongest leadership traits are her ever-present
positivity, talent in effective communication, ability to individualize
and understand others, and her tireless work ethic to activate and
achieve goals. Blaire has been on the Dean’s List with distinction each
semester since her freshman year, received SDSU’S Shutford C. Swift
Award for Outstanding Work and Dedication to the Student Body, and was
recognized as an Inspiring Female Leader by the the not-for profit women
empowerment organization Fearless Her. Blaire was hand-picked by the
Associated Student's President in 2012 to be on the FLEX (Freshman
Leadership Experience Team) where she was mentored by the other
A.S.executive officers. This experience helped her to recognize the
importance of real student life and university issues. In her sophomore
year, she was elected by the student body to be the College of
Professional Studies and Fine Arts Representative. It was her duty to
act as the liaison between the PSFA college council and the A.S.
council. This allowed Blaire to support the student voice in order to
facilitate change towards a better college experience for all Aztecs.
She has always found purpose in serving others, and after attending the
Aztec CORE Retreat in the winter of 2013, she had the opportunity to
build meaningful connections with people completely different
from herself. It was after this that Blaire began to understand that she
had a strong passion specifically for diversity and she wanted to
explore it more at SDSU. Blaire was elected the Student Diversity
Commission Rep Position in A.S. in the Spring of 2014, with a vision
that she could provide an important and different perspective to Student
Diversity Commission. Blaire takes pride in the progress SDSU has made
in order to make it one of the most diverse college’s in the nation and
wants to continue this progression by bridging campus communities,
encouraging transparency in communication, and empowering students
within the Student Diversity Commission. Blaire has a strong desire to
connect with all people who call the SDSU campus their home and is
specifically interested in their unique stories and perspectives of the
Experience. She urges her fellow students to celebrate and recognize
that individually we
are different, but together, we are AZTECS.
About Associated Students
Associated Students (A.S.) is an independent, student-directed, nonprofit corporation that is one of the largest student governance organizations in the California State University system. As an affiliate of San Diego State University, the programs and facilities A.S. manages are enjoyed by students, faculty, staff and the San Diego community. For more information, visit the Associated Students website.