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Diversity on Display

The SDSU Library will host two upcoming events highlighting activism and education.
By SDSU News Team

Two upcoming events at San Diego State University will highlight the power of activism and education to improve our communities.

The SDSU campus community is invited to attend a panel discussion, reception and book signing for “Chicana Tributes: Stories for the New Generation” on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Love Library. The book highlights local women who flourished as part of the struggle for equal opportunities and social justice during the late twentieth century and beyond.

Featured guests will include editors of the newly released book, Rita Sanchez and Sonia Lopez, along with Maria Ibarra, chair of SDSU's department of Chicana Studies. The panel will also include writers Maria Nieto Senour, Enriqueta Chavez, Irene Lara, and Maria Figueroa, who contributed stories to the publication.

“This book is significant because it pays tribute to women in our local community who are not famous or iconic civil rights figures, but who nonetheless—through their everyday activism and social service work —effected and continue to effect positive change,” Ibarra said. “Their examples teach us that we all have the potential to do the same, to be active in supporting the creation of a better community.”

The event starts at 4 p.m. in the Leon Williams Room on the fourth floor (LL-430) of the Love Library. Complimentary parking is available for guests in SDSU Parking Structure 1, on the first and second floors.  

"The SDSU Library is so honored to highlight diverse cultures and communities through panels, discussions and events," said Gale Etschmaier, dean of the Library and Information Access. "It's very much a part of our identity. We aspire to bring unique knowledge and education to the SDSU campus community."

Building bridges

The SDSU Library, Aztec Student Union Board, OneSDSU and Harambee Mentor Program will welcome Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, to campus to speak from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union Theatre.

Shabazz is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author, who promotes higher education for at-risk youth and interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world. SDSU professor Luke Wood will lead the conversation.