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San Diego State University

Associated Students Diversity Commissioner

grace_diaz_as_diversity_commissioner.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!”

Student Diversity Commission Representative

blaire_ward_as.jpgBlaire Ward is SDSU's Student Diversity Commission Representative of Associated Students for the 2014-15 year. She is a Junior 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 Aztec 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.