One World Initiative

One World Initiative Events

The 2014-15 One World Initiative theme was 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.

Fall 2014 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 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.”

  • 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 noteThis 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
  • Call for Student Proposals. The One World Initiative is hosting an end-of-year campus symposium to celebrate and reflect upon what we as a campus have learned from the 2014-15 theme "Global Perspectives on Happiness". What defines happiness and how do culture, environment, and history affect that definition? Is happiness physiological or psychological? Will money really not bring you happiness? How is happiness reflected in a society’s creative output? How important is happiness to society and what are the consequences of its absence? Students are invited to submit proposals for papers, posters, presentations, installations, and performances to be showcased at a Student Symposium from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the University Union. The symposium will take place in two or three sessions. Proposals should describe the work to be presented, how it relates to the theme of happiness, and your preferred session. The goal of the Student Symposium is to encourage interaction and exchange of ideas among students from a diverse set of disciplines, and to include a broad range of global perspectives on the theme of happiness. We encourage you to present work in whatever format best fits your discipline. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, March 20th, 2015
  • Wednesday, April 8 - Thursday, April 9. The Department of Philosophy presents the 2015 Nammour Symposium.  The theme of the Nammour 2015 is Happiness. Sessions will take place in Terrace Suite at the WELL. For details contact Kyle Swan ( The complete schedule of the Symposium can be found here.
  • Annual George Rich Colloquium So...What Exactly Makes People Happy? Recent Findings from the Social Sciences. Prof. Edward Lascher, Prof. Robert Wassmer Dept. of Public Policy and Administration and Ms. Ngan Tran Covered CaliforniaWednesday, April 8, 2015, 3 PM - 4:30  PM in Alumni Center. Reception Following. (For further information:  Dept. of Anthropology  916-278-6452)
  • ALLoT (A Long List of Things) will be shown as part of the Festival of the Arts at 6 pm on April 11, 2015 in the Hinde Auditorium. It premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October 2014. A video memoir by John Sanborn. Music by Sacramento State alum David Meyer. High school is where life starts to get serious. You are becoming the person you were meant to be, and you dream about what you will do. Forty years later – almost a lifetime – what happened? Did things work out the way you imagined? Are you where you want to be? And after all that time – who are you? How are you doing in the performance of your life? Filmmaker John Sanborn made discoveries by attending his 40th high school reunion with a film crew to interview former classmates, find answers to those questions, and gain a measure of closure. The result is a highly personal video memoir that blends interviews with contemplations and meditations on the unpredictable challenges and life-altering transformations fifteen graduates from Walt Whitman High School faced in the years before they all met again. And to show us, ultimately, that life is a long list of things.
  • One World Year-End Celebration, April 20-22. A full schedule of events can be found here.
  • The Psychology Department is hosting Nicky Abdinor who will be giving a talk on "The Art of Happiness." (Wednesday, May 6, 3-4:30 PM, Amador Hall Room 153). 
  • The Philosophy Department is hosting David O. Brink who will be giving two lectures: "A Closer Look at Mill's Harm Principle" (Thursday, May 7, 9-10:15 AM, Meadow & Vineyard Rooms in the Well) and "Eudaemonism and Cosmopolitan Concern" (1:30 - 2:45 PM, Thursday, May 7, Meadow & Vineyard Rooms in the Well).
  • Happiness Tea Gathering: The Library invites you to experience Japanese culture and enjoy a bowl of tea by attending a Japanese tea gathering held in our Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden on the Lower Level of the University Library on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Sally Hitchcock at 278-5954 or for reservations.
  • The Philosophy Department is also hosting a talk by Kyle Swan on "Legal Punishment of Immorality: Once More Into the Breach" (Tuesday, May 12, 9-10:15 AM, The Vineyard Room in the Well) and a talk by Dan Weijers on "Happiness: It's Not for Everyone" (Tuesday, May 12, 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM, The Vineyard Room in the Well).
  • More information on the Philosophy events can be found at: