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San Diego State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, California 92182
Phone
(619) 594-5200
Email address
admissions@sdsu.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a public institution of higher education located in southern California. SDSU is the oldest and largest university in San Diego and the third largest in the state. SDSU continues to gain recognition as a leader in higher education." The university enrolls over 33,800 students and has 96 bachelors, 80 masters, and 21 doctoral programs. (Source: https://admissions.sdsu.edu/about_sdsu/fast_facts)
General Information
San Diego State University has taken steps to politically support anti-racist initiatives. Its website re-directs students to resources offered by the political group, Black Lives Matter. Additionally, the university has begun adding social justice, racial justice, and anti-racism to the curricula of university departments. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Adding social justice, racial justice, and anti-racism to the curricula of university departments.
  • The Department of Counseling & School Psychology will, "Educate and train students using decolonial pedagogies" and "Educate and prepare students to adopt culturally responsive clinical ideologies and practices (e.g., promoting non-pathologizing frameworks and interventions ) in therapy."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The university's Division of Student Affairs and Diversity launched its "Inclusive SDSU Communication System" to "document instances that promote our campus commitment, as well as those that fall short. The Division of Diversity and Innovation will use these submissions to identify patterns, to recognize and celebrate extraordinary acts of inclusion, and to develop strategies for community improvement where needed."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Re-directs students to resources offered by the political group, Black Lives Matter.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university has a "Center for Achieving Black Wellness and Anti-Racist Education."
Resources
  • The Department of Counseling & School Psychology offered a guide called "Addressing Anti-racism in MFT: Resources" that includes Ibram X. Kendi's "How to Be an Antiracist."
  • San Diego State University’s Library has a resource page dedicated to anti-racism films. These films “explore systemic racism and oppression against Black people in the United States… [with the hopes of raising] awareness about racism and inequality in America and cultivating empathy for the trauma felt in communities of color.”
  • San Diego State University’s Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity has created a webpage that outlines “allyship for the African American Community.” On this page, it gives readers several points on how to “strengthen your allyship and demonstrate your commitment to support Black students, colleagues and community.”
  • San Diego State University Library has outlined research materials for teacher education and liberal studies that included a section dedicated to diversity and inclusion in children’s and young adult books.
Last updated October 31st, 2022
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