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San Diego State University

Annual Report

Diversity

Highlights from the 2010-2011 Annual Report,
Division of Student Affairs, San Diego State University

SDSU is the most diverse university in the region. The Division’s programs and services help provide international experiences for our students, acclimate and educate students from other nations, and educate students on cultural differences and competencies.

EOP is the office that serves the SDSU Guardian Scholars, former foster-care youth who are now on the road to a college education. Created in 2007, the Guardian Scholars Program is a comprehensive system of support services that helps meet the academic, social, career, emotional and financial needs of these students. The program continues to grow; last year EOP served 58 Guardian Scholars, as well as several homeless students, with comprehensive services, including scholarships and year-round housing.

Counseling & Psychological Services, in partnership with the Department of Women’s Studies, took a lead role in the development, implementation, and expansion of Safe Zones@SDSU. The primary goal of SafeZones@SDSU is to ensure a campus atmosphere that is supportive, informative and welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff and their allies.

The Office of Intercultural Relations spearheads Heritage Month Celebrations to honor and celebrate the cultural contributions and accomplishments of underrepresented populations nationally. Currently, Heritage Month celebrations are held for the following populations:

  • Chicano/Latino (September)
  • Filipino (October)
  • Native American (November)
  • Black History (February)
  • Women’s History (March)
  • LGBT Pride (April)

SDSU’s Cultural Competency Certificate Program for undergraduate students is the first of its kind in the CSU system. Now in its fourth year, the Cultural Competency Certificate Program consists of cultural diversity workshops, seminars, and service learning opportunities available to all members of the SDSU community. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to leverage their cultural competencies in order to better access new and emerging markets. After completion of the Cultural Competency Certificate Program, students are recognized at the President’s Diversity Awards. They are awarded a Certificate in Cultural Competency along with a stole that may be worn with their regalia upon graduation from the university.

photo: Cultural Competency Certificate Program graduates

To accommodate students who speak English as a second language, all Student Health Services’ exam rooms have access to interpreter services, via speakerphones.

Harambee Weekend

photo: students perform at Harambee Weekend

During Explore SDSU in March of 2011, the second annual Harambee Weekend was held targeting high-achieving African American students. The Office of Intercultural Relations provided oversight and organized the event, while the Residential Education Office provided an overnight stay program for the prospective students, utilizing current residents as hosts.