Why Unity at Sacramento State?
Mentoring advice from a chief justice. Themed discussions in a coffee house. T-shirts and ice cream.
Since 2011, a multipronged approach to build campus unity is bringing students, faculty and staff together to work to make the University a more welcoming and supportive learning environment. President Gonzalez convened the President’s Committee to Build Campus Unity to spur dialogue across campus on how to strengthen the sense of community at Sacramento State.
During that time, the committee has developed a series of platforms—formal and informal—to start those conversations. Featured programs include:
- Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, who encouraged the role of mentorship
- A screening of The Curse of Quon Gwon, a historic film featuring the family members of a faculty member
- NPR host and author of The Grace of Silence Michele Norris, who shared her personal story about racial unease
- Essay and short film contests, providing a forum for students to voice their thoughts
- Monthly “coffee chats,” centered around broad subjects, as well as an annual end-of-the-year ice cream social
The committee’s focus and events programming in the 2013-14 academic year look at the changing demographics of the region and the state.