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Native American Heritage Month

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November marks Native American Heritage Month, which provides Indigenous peoples with a platform to share their culture and traditions. SDSU commemorates the month with a series of events to help students, faculty, staff and visitors honor and celebrate Native culture.

Coinciding with Native American Heritage Month, the Southern California Warrior Spirit Family and SDSU are hosting “Native Truth & Healing: California Genocide Conference.” The four-day conference runs from Nov. 21-24 and will include presentations, music, documentary films and political action sessions to offer attendees a chance to learn about the California genocide and Indigenous peoples’ history. Register to attend the conference for free.

In what has become somewhat of a tradition, the SDSU men’s basketball team will wear turquoise Nike N7 uniforms (turquoise is symbolic of harmony and friendship in Native American culture) during its Nov. 25 game against Tennessee State. The uniforms, pregame recognition and a half-time performance will honor Native American communities and culture.


» Click here for a full listing of Native American Heritage Month events.


reborder conference

The inaugural RE: BORDER Binational Conference on Nov. 25-26 will analyze the use of water resources in the transborder region of California and Baja California. Academic experts, practitioners, public policy experts, community stakeholders – and students – will explore how SDSU and its regional partners can contribute to innovative solutions for water-related challenges in the transborder region. There will be presentations, conversations, poster sessions and artistic experiences. The conference’s first day will take place at SDSU, with the final day being held at UABC in Tijuana.


» For a schedule of events and panelists and to register (it’s free), visit the RE: Border website.


fifth annual Giving Thanks Dinner

Feeling grateful for your campus family? Get together with other students for the fifth annual Giving Thanks Dinner from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. Share a meal, write a holiday card to those in military service and showcase your hidden talents in an Open Mic competition for cash gift cards. The evening, organized by the Aztec Student Union Board Aztec Pride Committee, takes place at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Sign up for the Open Mic at the link below. You must be a current SDSU student with a valid RedID to attend. One guest 18+ allowed per student.


» Sign up for Open Mic Night.


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SDSU Leadership Summit

Registration is now open for the 2020 SDSU Leadership Summit – the premier student leadership conference on the West Coast. The daylong series of sessions and workshops on Feb. 15 is organized by the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Student Life & Leadership. Check the Leadership Summit link below for updates on the schedule and roster of presenters and fill out this form to be added to the email list for conference and registration updates. Cost is $30 plus processing fee for SDSU students.

» Check the Leadership Summit website for more info.

Student Research Symposium registration

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student with a research, scholarship or creative activity that deserves recognition? Register for the Feb. 28-29 Student Research Symposium. SRS is a two-day forum at which SDSU students present to the public, and winners are eligible for cash prizes. Nearly 500 students presented at last year’s symposium, and 60 received cash awards. Ten received $500 Presidential Awards and went on to represent SDSU at the CSU Student Research Competition. Registration closes Jan. 20.


Finals Week Activities


Stressed out over finals? No? Better add Dec. 12-18 to your calendar. … Don’t worry, though, there are a number of events to help ease the tension.

Need a quieter place to study? The Love Library will be open 24/7 from midnight on Dec. 8 through Dec. 17.

  • Dec. 3 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.): Come play with Baxter the therapy dog at the “Relax With Bax” event organized by Counseling and Psychological Services.
  • Dec. 4 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.): Pay homage to the ’80s at the Throwback Finals Destress in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. Current students with a valid RedID card can enjoy arcade games, pizza, mini corn dogs and milkshakes.
  • Dec. 5 (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.): Take a break from cramming to catch Aztec Rock - Battle of the Bands in Montezuma Hall. The winner will open for a big name at the GreenFest concert at Cal Coast Open Air Theatre in the spring.
  • Dec. 13 (6 p.m. to midnight): The International Student Center is hosting a late-night finals break on Dec. 13. Finals Frenzy gives international students a chance to decompress and socialize from 6 p.m. to midnight.



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World AIDS Day

Nov. 29: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Campanile Walkway

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died. Come to the Department of Well-being and Health Promotion’s table on Campanile Walkway from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 to learn more about HIV and AIDS and to show your support for those living with or affected by HIV.

» One SDSU Community will host an event from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Pride Center.

Application window for CORE Leadership Retreat

Deadline: Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.

Did you miss the last Aztec CORE Leadership Retreat? The January Aztec CORE application is open until 4 p.m. Nov. 21. Pack up your sleeping bag and bring a jacket for the free three-day off-campus leadership retreat, which is intended for emerging and advanced leaders who are interested in further developing their leadership skills.

» To apply, visit the aztec-core website.


  • Nov. 19: 2019 French Language Job Fair & Conference, Student Services East
  • Nov. 18-22: International Education Week
  • Nov. 21: SDSU women’s basketball vs. California
  • Nov. 21: Giving Thanks Dinner & Open Mic Night, Conrad Prebys Student Union
  • Nov. 21-24: Native Truth and Healing: California Genocide Conference, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
  • Nov. 22: SDSU men’s basketball vs. Long Island University
  • Nov. 25-26: RE:BORDER Conference, Montezuma Hall & UABC, Tijuana
  • Nov. 25: SDSU men’s basketball vs. Tennessee State (Nike N7 Night)
  • Nov. 27: Thanksgiving holiday (Campus open, no classes)
  • Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving holiday (Campus closed)
  • Nov. 30: SDSU football vs. BYU
  • Dec. 3: Street Performer Night. Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
  • Dec. 4: Throwback Finals Destress, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
  • Dec 12-18: Final examinations
  • Dec. 23-26: Holiday – Winter recess (campus closed)


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November Events:

  • Graduating, Now What?, Nov. 20 - 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Career Services Workshop Room. Graduating this December? Join us to learn specific steps as you continue or begin your job search.
  • Resume Basics Lab, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Career Services. This hands-on lab covers resume basics. If you already have a resume, bring a copy!

» Find more info on career-related workshops and events, on- and off-campus internships, and jobs at the Career Services website.



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International Education WeeK Nov. 18-22

International Education Week will take place Nov. 18-22, highlighted by the 63rd annual International Peace Village on Nov. 21. The Peace Village – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Goldberg Courtyard of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union – features international food, cultural performances, a photo booth, exhibitions, a fashion show and more.

To learn more about the events or to participate or volunteer, visit the SDSU International Education Week website .

Aztecs For Life Blood Drive

The third annual Aztecs for Life Blood Drive is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Viejas Arena. Multiple campus groups are partnering with the American Red Cross to collect 400 pints of blood of all types.

Click here for more details about the event, including giveaways from both SDSU and The Red Cross.

Visit, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code: aztecs.

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as monday night movies spiderman Nov 18 6:30

Monday Night at the Movies (Nov. 18, 6:30-9:30pm, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union). Enjoy the latest blockbuster hit, Spiderman, for free! Snacks will be provided.  Must be a current SDSU student with a valid RedID to attend. One guest 18+ allowed per student.

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cooking with chefs holiday desserts Nov 19 Noon

Cooking with Chefs (Nov. 19, Noon-1 p.m. Conrad Preby Aztec Student Union). SDSU Chefs will be providing instruction on how to cook up different meals and treats. You'll get to taste test everything and learn how to create a unique and delicious dish! Must be a current SDSU student with a valid RedID to attend. One guest 18+ allowed per student.

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as giving thanks dinner and open mic night Nov 21

Giving Thanks Dinner & Open Mic Night (Nov. 21, 5-7 p.m., Conrad Preby Aztec Student Union). The 5th annual Giving Thanks Dinner is back! Come celebrate with your SDSU family on all that you are thankful for. Students will have the opportunity to write a letter to the troops. This is your time to shine! Showcase your hidden talent and enjoy free snacks. $10, $15, $25 gift cards will be given to top 3 winners! Sign up Here: Must be a current SDSU student with a valid RedID to attend. One guest 18+ allowed per student.

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