The One World Initiative invites the campus and local community to “Go Global” with an ongoing series of curricular and co-curricular activities focused on a significant interdisciplinary concept.  The theme for the 2016-17 academic year is Global Perspectives on Inheritance. The Sacramento State community is invited to incorporate this theme into courses, public events, and student activities.   

Inheritance provides a lens on the social, political and economic forces that shape and transform lives.  Inheritance also provides a window into profound questions in science.  The humanities and visual and performing arts explore the concept of inheritance through myriad inquiries into the human experience and various forms of expression. 

Faculty who are interested in serving on the One World Initiative committee can email the chair, Mimi Coughlin, at 

Photos from End-of-Year Event

Past Events

Spring 2017

  • April 17 - 20, 2017. 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM. Library Quad. "One Book Public Reading." Join us for the public reading of this year's One Book, The Other Wes Moore. Students from the General Education Honors Program and Residence Halls will take turns reading the One Book from start to finish. 
  • April 17, 2017. 11:00AM - 1:00PM. University Union, Ballroom II. "One World Student Symposium 2017: Global Perspectives on Inheritance." Students are invited to present posters and other formats including visual and performing arts, TED talk-style presentations, papers, and other modes of expression are encouraged. Individuals and groups engaging with the theme from within particular disciplinary mode or with an interdisiplinary approach are welcome - as are works in progress. For more information, click here
  • April 17, 2017. 1:30PM - 3:00PM. University Union, Hinde Auditorium. "One World Symposium 2017: Global Perspectives on Inheritance - Faculty Panel." Join Sacramento State faculty from across disciplines as they discuss Global Perspectives on Inheritance. 

Faculty Panel: Inheritance: Understandings and Inquiries from Divergent Fields

Moderated by: Paula Austin, History

Faculty representing a variety of different disciplines and perspectives discussed how concepts of inheritance fits into their academic and creative work. 
Kim Mulligan Biology
Saray Ayala-Lopez Philosophy
EunMi Cho Special Education
Michael Walker Anthropology
  • April 18, 2017. 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. University Union, Ballroom II. "One World Symposium 2017: Keynote Speaker - Professor Cherrie Moraga." Join the One World Initiative in welcoming playwright, poet, essayist, literary memorist, Cherrie Moraga as she explores themes of queer and Latina identity, history, art, and activism.
  • April 11, 2017. 11:00AM-6:00PM The WELL, Terrace Suite. "Sociology Forum on Immigration." A Deans Lecture Series Speaker, Kevin Johnson, will kick off the day, (11-12pm), speaking about "Immigration and Civil Rights During the Trump Administration" followed by an Immigrant and Refugee Realities and Mobilizations Panel (1:30-2:30pm). Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza will speak on "Mass Deportation, Global Capitalism, and Disposable Labor". The event will be followed by a reception in the Multicultural Center. 
  • April 4, 2017. 4:00 PM. University Union, Orchard Suite. "Professor Megan Ming Francis." Professor Ming Francis is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State. Her research, drawing on previously untapped archival data, suggests that later civil rights advocates largely built on the under-appreciated efforts of the NAACP in the early part of the 20th Century. Her lecture offers students, faculty, and the community a better understanding of the movement that dramatically changed the country.
  • March 3, 2017. 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Mariposa Hall 1000. "Family History, Identity, and Teaching in Multicultural America." Sacramento State warmly welcomes scholar, author, teacher, educator, and activist Christine Sleeter. In her first novel, White Bread, Sleeter examines aspects of her many-faceted work in Critical Multiculturalism and Ethnic Studies through the lens of one teacher's journey.

Fall 2016

  • September 21, 2016. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Library Quad. "Dear Sac State." Part of the International Peace Day Celebration by the Peace & Conflict International and the Center for African Peace, the Dear Sac State Campaign takes after the Dear World Campaign featured at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum this year.   For more information, please go here:
  • September 21, 2016. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Library Quad. "#PeaceItForward Campaign." Part of the International Peace Day Celebration by the Peace & Conflict International and the Center for African Peace, the #PeaceItForward Campaign is modeled after a social media campaign featured last year at the forum.  Here is the link to the YouTube video that was produced: 
  • September 21, 2016. 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. University Union, Hinde Auditorium. "An Evening on National Race Relations in the U.S. Political Drama." Sponsored by the Sacramento State Histroy Department, panelists will engage the audience in discussing the current racial and political climate of the U.S., informed by research, experience, and insight.  The goal is to share opposing ideas and perspectives, posit solutions, and begin to foster healing in light of this summer’s tragedies.
  • September 29, 2016. 7:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM). The University Union, Ballroom. UNIQUE Presents: Dr. Cornel West on "Race, Democracy, Justice, and Love." For more information, please click here.
  • October 13, 2016. 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM. The Harper Alumni Center. "From Ritual Sex to Sexual Individuality: The Disinheritance of Sambia Sexual Culture, 1974-2013." The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce that its Fall 2016 George Rich Colloquium Lecture will be delivered by Sacramento State Anthropology alumnus and renowned scholar Dr. Gilbert Herdt. The Geroge Rich Colloquium is open to the public and a reception will follow Professor Herdt's talk.
  • September 23, 2016 - October 29, 2016. Tuesday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Anthropology Museum, Mendocino Hall - 1000. "A Place for All People: Introduing the National Museum of African American History and Culture." "A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture" is a commemorative poster exhibition celebrating the opening of the Smithsonian’s newest museum Sept. 24, 2016. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. “A Place for All People” is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the Anthropology Museum. Please visit for more information.
  • October 27, 2016. 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Tower Theatre. "SOLD" Film Screening. Based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, and inspired by true accounts, SOLD tells the story of 13 year-old Lakshmi, who is trafficked from her peaceful, rural village in Nepal to work in a brothel called Happiness House in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD gives voice to the millions of children around the world who disappear every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as Lakshmi in the film. SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit. To purchase tickets, follow the link provided: 
  • November 3, 2016. 12:00 PM. The University Union, Ballroom. First Year Experience (FYE) Presents: Jullien Gordon on "The Other 4.0, How to Maximize College & Minimize Debt." For more information, please click here.
  • November 14 - December 15, 2016. The Exhibit Lounge, University Union 2nd Floor. "First Year Experience Photo Show." Visit the First Year Experience (FYE) Photo Show and see photos focusing on the theme of "What is Your Legacy?" submitted by Sacramento State First Years. A reception will be held on November 16, 2016 from 11:00AM - 1:00PM.
  • November 14 - December 16, 2016. The Global Lounge, Library 1000. "The One World Initiative Splash Wall." Stop by the The Global Lounge and visit our the One World Initiative Splash Wall. Add your reponse to the prompt "What Does Inheritance Mean to You?" and "What is Your Inheritance?"
  • November 15, 2016. 10:00AM - 2:00PM. Library 1001. "World Language Day." Engage with language and culture experts and learn to speak phrases in different languages in just minutes! Learn phrases in various languages. The more phrases you learn, the more prizes you win! In between languages, stop by international opportunity tables to learn about the various ways to go international before graduating from Sacramento State. For more information, please visit their website:  
  • December 7, 2016. 3:00PM - 6:00PM. The Global Lounge, Library 1000. "2016 Free Seminar on Korean History, Culture, and Education." Sponsored by the Korean Consulate General and hosted by the Korean Concentration Committee of Asian Studies Program, attend a free seminar on Korean history, culture, and education. Presenters and topics include: Dr. Greg Kim-Ju on "Korea in 21st Century," Ms. Valerie Becker & Ms. Jody Cooperman on " Building bridges: Education collaboration between the US and South Korea," Dr. Mimi Coughlin on "Inquiry approaches to teaching about Korea's past and present." A Korean dinner and performance including a Korean folk song, traditional dances, adn hip hop dances will be offered to attendees. RSVP for this event by November 30th by emailing 
  • December 7 - 11, 2016. Dates and Times Vary. University Theatre, Shasta Hall. "Annual University Dance Company - Dance Sites." The annual Dance Sites 2016 University Dance Company (UDC) is proud to be incorporating the One World Initiative Theme, "Inheritance" through the artistry of movement this year.  Faculty choreographers will present diverse perspectives on the theme, and are- Dr. Linda Goodrich, Philip Flickinger, Nolan T’Sani, Nhan Ho, Osvaldo Ramirez, Aubri Siebert, and Lorelei Bayne, and our very special guest artist is San Jose State Professor Emeritus, Gary Masters.  We are honored that for the first time, our students and audiences will get to experience a 20th century dance masterwork from 1964, by the great Jose Limon.  Mr. Masters' re-staging of a suite of dances from Limon's work,  “A Choreographic Offering,” will be the centerpiece of the concert. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: