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One World Initiative

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    Sneak Peek at 2017-2018 Theme: Community

    Our theme for next year is "Community". We would love to know what community means to you! Email us at, Tweet us, or Instagram a picture and tag us!
  • 2016-2017 One World Theme: Global Perspectives on Inheritance

    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. Check out our photos from the 2016-2017 End-of-Year Celebration!

    One World Special Mark
  • Splash Wall of What is Your Inheritance

    Global Study Lounge

    In partnership with the International Program & Global Engagement Office, the One World Initiative's splash wall located in the Global Study Lounge in Library 1000. The goal of the One World Wall is to engage students in ongoing narratives stemming from global perspectives.

  • One World Initiative Events

    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. For more information click here.

    Cultural Dance demonstration in the Library Quad

Why One World?

Welcome to the “One World” website. This project, initiated by former Provost Joseph Sheley, is designed to help everyone in the Sacramento State community – students, faculty, and staff – recognize how interdependent our world really is. Even though specific issues faced by people in one part of the globe may appear to be different from those faced elsewhere, there are almost always connections between them that are often overlooked. The aim of this undertaking is to help each of us look for and understand those connections – and then, if necessary, figure out what actions we can take to improve the quality of life for everyone on the planet.  I know, that is a huge goal and a tremendous responsibility, but it is incumbent upon us as members of a university community and of the global community to at least try to address.
Each year, the One World coordinating committee will select a new theme through which to explore our global interconnectedness. Our hope is that members of the Sac State community will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for how our actions affect others and how what happens in distant locales affects our lives here. We envision a myriad of ways in which these lessons can be taught and we look forward to sharing these opportunities with the local community, as well.

One World Initiative Contact
Mimi Coughlin, Director
Maria Elias, One World Initiative
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One World Initiative and Your Event

If you, your program, club, or center, is organizing an event linked to the One World Initiative's 2017-2018 theme of Global Perspectives on Community. 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, including digital signage.

We request that in your promotion of the event you include reference to the One World Initiative so that the campus community knows that it is a part of this exciting global initiative. Contact us and we can send you a copy of our special mark.

To apply for funding for your event, please click here for our funding request form and email the completed form to

The 5th Annual End of the Year Celebration

The 5th Annual One World End of the Year Celebration of the theme "Global Perspectives on Inheritance" took place April 17th - April 18th 2017. Take a look at our pictures!