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 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

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!