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Get Involved: Positive Images


Get Involved: Positive Images by Ashley Simon Centered in Santa Rosa, Positive Images (PI) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to queer youth and education to the greater community. There are support groups for youth exploring their genders and sexuality, safe and confidential counseling sessions with trained peers, and fun social events such as dances and potlucks. Why should students get involved? Queer youth are more likely to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, rejected by their parents, homeless, targets of bullying, have higher rates...

Best Spring Break Ever


Best Spring Break Ever by An Okada What did you do for Spring Break? Did you relax, go to the beach, spend time with family? I spent my spring break collecting garbage, planting trees, gardening, and building relationships with other SSU students who care about sustainability. When I met my supervisor for the first time, she also introduced Sonoma State Alternative Spring Breaks. Sonoma State Alternative Breaks are week-long trips that focus on specific social issues, and students bring what we learn back...

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Book Buddies I


Book Buddies I by Derek Warren "[...T]his service-learning approach has changed the way I see a person reading to their child. Before attending Book Buddies, I thought to myself that we were just going to read to a child, then the child will read, and then make a book. But after the students had left I realized it was more than just reading; it was also possibly life changing." --Martha Mendoza, SSU Psychology 302 service-learner. For the first time, Sonoma State University...

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Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land


Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land by Claudia Sisomphou As I get further into my education and dive deeper into the issues of society, I can't help but wonder what is at the root of all of these problems. Is it possible that all these issues could be related? I believe the answer is yes. At the heart of every problem we see today is at least one of two faults: lack of respect for others or lack of respect for the Earth. Hunger, pollution,...

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Discovery Day IX


Discovery Day IX by Ashley Simon "I think I'm more excited for college just by seeing how all these students feel about it," said Gisselle Alvarez from Roseland Collegiate Prep (RCP). At Discovery Day, RCP students learned how to get to college and what to expect. "I had all the qualities of a leader: smart, caring, including others and building relationships," student leader Edgar Arroyo writes upon reflection. SSU students used what they learned in class to be effective leaders and mentors....

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My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit


My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit by Claudia Sisomphou It is because of the opportunities I have had thanks to higher education, and more specifically the CSU System, that make me so passionate about ensuring accessibility and affordability for others to attend college as well. I am completely certain that I would not be the well-rounded and positive person I am today if I had not gone to college. That's why, since my freshman year, I have been a part of the Associated Students Club...

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From Shared Vision to Reality: Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and SSU Service-Learning Garden


From Shared Vision to Reality: Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and SSU Service-Learning Garden What happens when the director of the Gold Ridge 4C's Preschool and an SSU service-learning faculty member put their heads together? The result is a beautiful organic garden providing not only food, but also learning opportunities for preschoolers and college students alike. Kids jumping on a bed of dirt in a garden See the whole story and more spectacular pictures: Service-learning is all about collaboration, and this project is no exception. Special thanks to Jon Brazeal, Construction Manager, Stacy and...

Find Your Passion, Potential, and Power with CalSERVES


Find Your Passion, Potential, and Power with CalSERVES by An Okada I was so glad to see the amazing organization CalSERVES here on campus! I did not know about this organization, so I was very curious to learn about their activities. Some other students also looked curious when they saw CalSERVES' table outside the Student Center. I noticed their looks before they knew about CalSERVES were completely different from after they learned about all the amazing work with kids that they could get involved with; most of...

My Experience at AASHE 2014


My Experience at AASHE 2014 by Claudia Sisomphou The moment we arrived in Portland, Oregon I felt like I had stepped into a sustainable paradise! The TriMet Transport System was the best public transportation I have ever used. Purchasing tickets and finding out which rail to get on was incredibly cheap and simple. There were wide bike paths in the middle of the streets so bikers could be easily seen and many of the residents were using them even in the pouring rain. I...

Shadow Day VII


Shadow Day VII by Helen San "One thing I've learned today is that engineering is not only about yourself, but you have to think about other people. I thought that was very deep and something I've never thought about before." says RUP student, Alex, after taking a tour of the SSU Department of Engineering. It's the fall semester and time for Shadow Day. During this event, Roseland University Prep (RUP) juniors got to experience college life as a student at Sonoma State...

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