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Associated Students Diversity Commissioner

arnelle sambile headshotArnelle 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 wardBlaire 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 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.

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