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Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta urges students to vote, condemns racism

Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta speaks during a campaign rally with former President Bill Clinton on March 20, 2016 at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Huerta spoke on voting, the national census and anti-racism at a virtual event hosted by Sacramento State's Serna Center Friday.

Katerina Graziosi and Mercy Sosa

October 9, 2020

Sacramento State’s Serna Center held a virtual event featuring civil rights icon Dolores Huerta on the importance of voting, the census and active anti-racism Friday via Zoom.

Incoming CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro discusses COVID-19 plans and priorities

Incoming CSU chancellor and Fresno State president Joseph Castro discusses his plans for campuses on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 as he prepares to take office on Jan. 4, 2021. Castro addressed the virtual spring semester, funding for police departments and diversity across the 23 campuses. Screenshot by Jenna Cooper via Zoom.

Jenna Cooper

October 1, 2020

Incoming CSU chancellor Joseph Castro discussed his plans for the 23 CSU campuses to CSU student press. Castro spoke on COVID-19, diversity, university police departments, financial budgets and his top priorities as chancellor as he prepares to take office.

Sac State’s Fall 2020 Convocation addresses anti-racism efforts in higher education

Shaun Harper (left) and Ibram X. Kendi were the keynote speakers for the Sacramento State Fall 2020 Convocation held on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Harper and Kendi shared their research and experience on the topic of anti-racism. Screenshots by Jenna Cooper via Zoom/collage by Max Connor.

Jenna Cooper and Samaha Samy

September 30, 2020

Sacramento State held its Fall 2020 Convocation with featured speakers Ibram X. Kendi and Shaun Harper. The theme was “Advancing Our Commitment to Anti-racism.” Kendi, Harper, President Nelsen and more expanded on how we can instill anti-racism at Sac State.

Jewish Sac State students celebrate High Holidays at home during pandemic

Political science major Lexi Nicodemus, right, attended Yom Kippur services virtually this year while wearing her yarmulke and tallit. Background photos courtesy of Hillel at Davis and Sacramento. Foreground photo courtesy of Lexi Nicodemus. Graphic by Chris Wong.

Isabelle Juarez

September 30, 2020

Some ways Jewish students at Sac State are changing how they celebrate the High Holidays amid COVID-19: care packages from their synagogues, breakout sessions and virtual services.

Sac State hosts diversity trainer Jane Elliott, known for ‘Blue eyes/Brown eyes’ exercise

Jane Elliott displayed her

Gavin Rock and Jenna Cooper

September 16, 2020

Jane Elliott, known for her “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise, discussed her knowledge and experience on challenging racist beliefs to Sacramento State students via Zoom Wednesday.

New ethnic studies requirement signed into law by Gov. Newsom

A demonstrator holds a sign advocating for AB 1460 in the University Union at a Faculty Senate meeting Feb. 27, 2020.  The bill was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Aug. 3 and will require students to take and ethnic studies course to graduate starting with the class of 2025 .

Gerardo Zavala and Isabelle Juarez

September 16, 2020

AB 1460 was signed into law, requiring all CSU undergraduates to complete a course in ethnic studies, beginning with the class of 2024-2025.

Sac State launches support center for first-generation students

The new Center for First-Generation Student Initiatives hosted a virtual launch on Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020 to welcome students who identify as first-generation. The center will provide support and services to these students including workshops on money management, time management, mental health and doing taxes.

Samaha Samy and Gavin Rock

September 8, 2020

Sac State held a virtual opening for its new Center for First-Generation Student Initiatives. Sac State President Robert Nelsen said he too was a first-generation college student.

‘You were my bullies’: Sac State theatre and dance students confront faculty over systemic racism

Students, staff and alumni attending a

Khala Clarke and Nijzel Dotson

August 9, 2020

Over the past month, members of the Sacramento State theatre and dance department have set up virtual meetings for students and alumni to share their stories of systemic racism from professors in the theatre and dance department. “Black lives are and have always been subjugated to oppression in...

NEWS PODCAST: Assembly Bill 2023 and deadnaming in the classroom

Sac State alumnus Lauren Pulido currently works for the state legislature. Pulido appeared on this episode of the News Podcast to discuss Assembly Bill 2023.

Kayleen Carter and Robbie Pierce

April 27, 2020

On this episode of The State Hornet’s News Podcast, our diversity and identity beat writer Kayleen Carter interviewed Lauren Pulido, a class of 2019 alumnus who now works at the state legislature, about AB 2023. If passed, the bill would allow transgender and nonbinary students to use their preferred...

Sac State hosts community forum discussing Asian American discrimination, coronavirus

Democratic California Senator Richard Pan explains information about the novel coronavirus and medical advice to prevent contamination at Sac State's University Union on Wednesday, March 4

Gavin Rock

March 5, 2020

Students and faculty gathered Wednesday evening in Sacramento State’s University Union Ballroom for a community forum regarding the discrimination against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Along with a panel of law enforcement and health experts, Sac St...

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