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San Diego State University

Associated Students Diversity Commissioner

grace_diaz.jpgGrace Diaz is a Junior at SDSU majoring in Communication. When she is not in school or attending all of the amazing SDSU activities our school has to offer, she enjoys exploring San Diego by hiking and exploring San Diego beaches. She loves to laugh, keep an open-mind, and meet new people because each friend she encounters renews her perspective and teaches her more about herself. “The values I hold are faith, open-mindedness, courage, and mindfulness. With these in mind, I have been able to make the most and grow from all of my amazing experiences that I have encountered thus far through my involvements with: Associated Students, Rotaract, G.A.T.E.S. to Success, and various other organizations I belong to on campus.”

Diversity is so important to me because it keeps life refreshing since it means something so uniquely special to each individual, and helps shape their identity and perspective.

Grace believes that immersing oneself in diverse environments often makes people step out of their comfort zone and embrace their own vulnerability, which in turn helps us all to grow. In addition, she shares that interacting with a diverse group of people is an enlightening experience because it gives us the opportunity to self-reflect. Study Abroad Over the past summer, Grace enjoyed her first experience abroad through the Communications Department’s “Summer in Europe” program. “My perspective was completely opened because it was my first encounter with a world entirely different than my own. The cultural differences I encountered allowed me to see how much of a role culture plays in my own life.” She realized that her study abroad also helped her to change some of her habits. For instance, “I now make an effort to be more mindful, and find the beauty in the simple things that I would normally dismiss as ordinary. I am consumed by wanderlust, and I am currently planning my next trip abroad!!” Associated Students has a strong tradition dedicated to diversity and inclusion. Diaz notes that one of the most appealing aspects of San Diego State University is how highly we value diversity. “Our University makes a strong effort not to allow differences to divide us, but to view these differences as a cause for celebration and Aztec unity!”

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.