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Students reflect on cultural discrimination at last year's One SDSU Community Live Performance Series, "Defamation." (Credit: SDSU Student Affairs) Students reflect on cultural discrimination at last year's One SDSU Community Live Performance Series, "Defamation." (Credit: SDSU Student Affairs)
 


One SDSU Community Fall Preview

Speakers, films and performances tackle a variety of diversity and social issues.
By Mallory Black
 

College is a time for students to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and to be exposed to new experiences and ideas. San Diego State University prides itself on providing the space for such educational experiences and bringing students from unique backgrounds together through its One SDSU Community campus-wide initiative.

This fall, students will have various opportunities to dive deep into some of the country’s most pressing diversity and social issues — including gender, race and disability. They will have a chance to explore how these topics intersect in the political arena during One SDSU Community events, including film screenings and lectures from guest speakers.

Edwin Darrell, director of the Center for Intercultural Relations and co-chair of the One SDSU Community initiative committee, said the goal of the program is to encourage student exploration into all aspects of diversity — be it spirituality and religion, gender and sexual identity, or race and ethnicity.

“This initiative is really about highlighting macro-issues occurring across the country and here in California, and bringing them down to a micro-level so students can engage in dialogue,” Darrell said. “It is our responsibility to educate students about the climate not only on our campus, but on a national level."

As part of the university’s Strategic Plan, “Building on Excellence,” the One SDSU Community initiative creates spaces for students to share their diverse identities and viewpoints in support of the SDSU community. Since the initiative launched in 2014, nearly 20,000 community members have participated in the programs.

English and communication major Arnelle Sambile said what makes the One SDSU Community unique is the collaboration between students and departments within the Division of Student Affairs that ensure the programs are as student-centered as possible.

“For me, the One SDSU Community is about storytelling; it’s creating a narrative; it’s self-authorship,” Sambile said. “This initiative is about figuring out how our shared experiences work together in creating our own narratives and to me, that really contributes to the college experience.”

Each year, several student organizations take turns co-hosting events to unite groups of students from across campus. All events are free for students with a valid Red ID.

Upcoming One SDSU Community events:

Film Series: “Yeah Maybe No”
Wednesday, Sept. 21

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre, 6-9 p.m.

This documentary invites viewers to explore what exactly is at stake when a community grapples with sexual assault.

Film and Speaker Series: “Documented” with Jose Antonio Vargas
Thursday, Sept. 29

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Montezuma Hall, 7–8:30 p.m.
 
Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who produced “Documented,” a documentary feature film about his experience as an undocumented immigrant.

Performance Series: Music for My Eyes
Friday, Sept. 30

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Courtyard, 6–8 p.m.

This event showcases the artistic culture within the deaf community by highlighting American Sign Language through poetry, music and entertainment through visual art. Interpreters will be available.

Film Series: “No Más Bebés”
Tuesday, Oct. 4

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre, 6–8 p.m.

This film tells the personal and legal stories of immigrant mothers tricked into being sterilized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s.

Speaker Series: Dr. Tom Davies
Wednesday, Oct. 5

Love Library, LL 108, 4–6 p.m.

Davies has testified as an expert witness during hundreds of amnesty cases involving LGBT individuals who came to the United States from Central and South America. SDSU has been working to digitally archive the affidavits of these trials for the last five years.

Comedy Series: Ian Harvie Comedy Show and Q&A
Monday, Oct. 10

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Montezuma Hall, 7 p.m.

Harvie of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” will host an evening of stand-up comedy.

Film Series: “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution”
Wednesday, Oct. 12

Love Library, 6-8 p.m.

In this PBS documentary, filmmaker Stanley Nelson explores the 1960s rise of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and its impact on civil rights and American culture.

Panel Series: Black Panther Common Experience Panel Discussion
Monday, Oct. 17

Love Library, LL 108, 3–5 p.m.

Hear from original Black Panther Party members, historians and members of related organizations including Black Lives Matter as they reflect on the movement’s history and outcomes.

Film and Panel Series: “Crime After Crime”
Thursday, Oct. 20

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre, 6–8 p.m.

This award-winning documentary film chronicles the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman sentenced to 25 years-to-life in prison for her connection to the murder of her abuser.

Film and Performance Series: “The Rebound” and Sports Demonstration
Wednesday, Oct. 26

Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre, 6–8 p.m.

This documentary follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, in their quest for a national title, offering a visceral portrait of the athletes’ journey to realize their dreams while facing life’s biggest challenges.

For more information about the One SDSU Community, visit the One SDSU Community website. You can also view additional programs on the university’s campus calendar.