One World Initiative

One World Initiative Events

The 2014-15 One World Initiative theme is Global Perspectives on Happiness 

The success of the One World Initiative depends on the contributions of campus departments and organizations hosting a range of activities (lectures, films, performances etc.). The One World Initiative will help promote your activity across the campus and beyond. Funds to help support campus activities are also available. To submit your event to the One World calendar and request funding, please email us at

One World Initiative and Your Event

If you, your program, club, or center, is organizing an event linked to the One World Initiative's 2014-15 theme of Global Perspectives on Happiness. Please email a description of the event, the date and location to We will be happy to include your event on our website and assist with promoting it across the campus.

Spring 2015, Upcoming events:

  • Friday, February 27 - Saturday, February 28, The Department of Theatre and Dance presents SOUL QUEST Sacramento/Black Art of Dance 2015. Sacramento/Black Art of Dance is directed by Sacramento State professor Dr. Linda Goodrich, who founded S/BAD in 1993. The dance company celebrates the movement and music of African culture and employs the aesthetic traditions established by modern dance pioneer Katherine Dunham and showcases the diverse range of black concert dance forms from traditional West African, Cuban, and Brazilian dance to lyrical modern jazz and hip-hop. For tickets call the University Ticket Office at (916) 278-6736, or go to
  • Friday, March 6. Nobel Peace Prize Forum streaming live from Minneapolis: Former President and Nobel Laureate Jimmy Carter will be giving a talk on women, religion, violence and power. Friday, March 6th, 1:30-3:30 PM, Hinde Auditorium. Please note: This event will be streamed live from the Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis.
  • Thursday, March 12. The Department of Psychology presents a showing and discussion of the documentary film HAPPY. Does money make you happy? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? HAPPY, a film from director Roko Belic, sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Nambia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind one of our most valued emotions. Professor Rebecca Cameron will moderate an after-film question and answer/discussion session about the film. All are welcome. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., University Union, Redwood Room. For more information and a preview of the film, visit
  • Wednesday, April 8 - Thursday, April 9. The Department of Philosophy presents the 2015 Nammour Symposium.  The theme of the Nammour 2015 is Happiness. The program committee is inviting proposals and abstracts for 20 minute presentations and welcomes any proposal that addresses happiness in a philosophically interesting way. Suggested topics include "What is happiness?" "Historical multicultural, feminist, and religious views of happiness", "The science of happiness", "How to measure happiness", "The role of happiness in shaping identity and vice versa", "The role of happiness in society", and "Lying to ourselves about happiness". Please submit your abstract by March 1 to Kyle Swan (

Fall 2014, Past events:

  • Monday, September 29. The College of Continuing Education's English Language Institute presents the second annual ELI Symposium: Miles of Smiles: International Perspectives on HappinessStudents in the ELI institute will present talks and posters about happiness in their home countries. All members of the campus community and beyond are welcome. University Union, Redwood Room, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 30. The Fall 2014 Geology-Ecology-Environmental Science Colloquium Series presents Happy Otters: How can sea otters tell us about ecosystem health? by Dr. Liz Bowen (US Geological Survey).  The Geology-Ecology-Environmental Science Colloquium series is co-sponsored by the departments of Geology, Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Mendocino 1015, 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday October 29 - Friday November 21. The First Year Experience Program presents the Happiness in the First Year Photo Show, an exhibit of photos by Sacramento State students that picture what made them happy during their first year on campus. Opening reception on October 29 at 1 p.m. For more information visit University Union, 2nd Floor lounge area.
  • Saturday, November 15. Asian Studies host its 4th Annual Asian Studies Symposium. Keynote speaker Dr. Christine Yano, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii will present "Pink Globalization: Japanese Cute: Cool as a Global Wink." 9:15 - 10:00 am. 1000 Mariposa. 
  • Monday, November 17. As part of the course HRS 140 Exploring World Religions, Dr. Maria Jaoudi presents "The Noble Eight-Fold Path in Buddhism: "May All Beings BeHappy." Mendocino 1024, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Monday, November 17 - Friday, November 21 is International Education Week. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Depertment of Education provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. International Education Week aims to promote international understanding and increase knowledge of different cultures, peoples and languages. The Office of International Programs and Global Engagement (IPGE) at Sacramento State will be coordinating events from departments, faculty and orgnaizations on campus. Contact IPGE for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 18. Language Learning Day.  Everyone is welcome to learn how to express "Happiness" in various languages. All members of the campus community and beyond are welcome. Redwood Room, University Union, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 15 - Friday, December 19. The Design Department presents its Interior Architecture Senior Show. Student projects that explore happiness and well-being through the design of leisure interiors. Exhibit and eception on Thursday, December 18, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Mariposa Design Gallery (4th Floor).
  • Wednesday, December 10. The Environmental Studies Department presents "The Happiness of Sustainability," a poster session of student work. University Union, Orchard Suite, 10:00 - 12:00.
  • Wednesday, December 10 - Sunday, December 14. Faculty Dance Concert 2014. The Faculty Dance Concert 2014 is choreographed by Sacramento State's Theater and Dance faculty and special guest artists and uses a wide spectrum of music. The dances, many of which are inspired by the One World theme of "happiness," will be performed by our talented students and alumni. For information on performance times and tickets, visit
  • Most choreographers are using the One World Initiative of "Happiness" as their inspiration…
    About Philip Flickinger’s piece-
    *This project has been generously funded by the College of Arts and Letters Student-Faculty Research and Creative Activities Grant.
    I consider myself to be a pluviophile, a person who finds joy or pleasure in rainy days.  Happiness can be such a fleeting moment and being able to recognize moments of true happiness even more fleeting.  In recognition of my joy in the midst of a rainy day and the importance of rain in our global world plagued by drought and famine, I am presenting “Pluviophile” a student-faculty research and creative activities grant project on the happiness and the healing of rain.
    About Nolan T’Sani’s piece-
    "Light at the end" is an abstract dance portrait of a life that suffers from depression. It demonstrates the normal life, life when depression hits and a return to a normal happy life.
    About Linda Goodrich’s work- Gospel music is a foundation in many people’s life’s for happiness through praisesong and dance.  When the world encroaches on your life through worldly trials and tribulations, gospel music, with praise brings you back to the joy and happiness of life through celebration.
    About Pepper Von's piece-
    Happiness is a choice.....
    This dance is about happiness through expression, and interaction.
    The Dance:
    raises our consciousness and helps us acknowledge the possibility of being happy......
    The Dance:
    teaches us clarity so we can better SEE the opportunities  to be happy......
    The Dance:
    supports our willingness to go all the way into the joy of happiness.......
    (It's personal..... It's an inside job)
    The Dance:
    allows us to better experience the affects of happiness by SHARING it with others.......
    The Dance:
    Confirms that "Happiness" is ALWAYS available!

Spring 2015 Past Events

  • Friday, February 13. The Power of Relationships Conference. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Modoc Hall

    Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is a growing movement in education in which students are explicitly taught skills like impulse control and empathy. By learning how to self-manage and get along socially, classrooms become safe and managed and teachers can prompt kids to take the kind of learning risks necessary to grasp high-level concepts that colleges and employers want.

    Join Sacramento community leaders for an SEL summit titled “The Power of Relationships” and learn how positive life skills can prepare students for college and 21st century careers.

    California State University, Sacramento sponsors include College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Education, Department of Psychology, Asian Studies Program, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Sociology, Community Engagement Center, Full Circle Project, 65th Street Corridor Collaborative, One World Initiative.

For more information and to register, visit

  • February 10-13. "Sand Mandala: Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery". Sacramento State’s Asian Studies Program, and Humanities and Religious Studies will host a group of monks from southern India’s historic Gaden Shartse Monastery from Feb. 10 through 14 as they create their painting from a palette of colorful sands at the Library Gallery Annex. Visitors can view the work during gallery hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The monks also will present an evening of traditional chanting, sacred music and a singing bowl from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Solano Hall’s Dancespace. The program is free; doors open at 6. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, the mandala will be disassembled, and those present each will receive a little bag of the sand. The remaining sand will be taken to the American River for dispersal.

    “In Buddhist teaching, our life is compared with a single piece of sand in the ocean,” says Pat Chirapravati, vice director of the Asian Studies Program. “The sand mandala is an ancient Tibetan art form that creates an intricate diagram of the enlightened mind and the ideal world.”