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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Elizabeth Meza

Elizabeth Meza, DEI editor


Elizabeth Meza is a fourth-year political science and journalism major. This is her second semester at The State Hornet and now serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Editor for the spring semester 2023. She is from Los Angeles but has enjoyed her time in Sacramento.
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“Construction Zone” sign posted on the ‘Esak’tima Center door in Lassen Hall Thursday, April 23, 2023 . To respect the land Sac State occupies, the name ‘Esak’tima means ‘A Place Where Knowledge Comes’ in the Nisenan language. (Photo by Jasmine Ascencio).

Renovations further delay launch of Sac State Native student center

‘Esak’tima Center seeks to establish Indigenous representation on campus
Jasmine Ascencio and Elizabeth Meza
May 24, 2023
In development since 2016, the ‘Esak’tima Center for Native and Indigenous students is set to open in early October 2023.
Director of Health Services Dan Carsel in the Health and Wellness Center in The WELL Tuesday, April 4, 2023. Carsel said TimelyMD would allow students to receive on demand counseling services.

California Faculty Association halts telehealth therapy plan for Sac State students

Labor union’s concerns prevent virtual mental health counseling expansion
William Duvall and Elizabeth Meza
May 13, 2023
Sac State continues to face challenges in expanding mental health counseling.
 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion editor Elizabeth Meza shares results from The State Hornet’s spring 2023 midway audit.  Meza also offers suggestions on how The State Hornet can improve the diversity of its coverage. Graphic created in Canva by Elizabeth Meza.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR: Spring 2023 midway diversity audit report

Results found consistent coverage on AAPI communities
Elizabeth Meza
March 29, 2023
The State Hornet continues tracking progress towards diversity, equity and inclusionary goals.
(L-R) Kevin Doan, social work major, Hok Tang, Sac State alumni, April Ngai, design studies major and Tiwa Chan-Nguyen, chemistry major on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022.  “This feels like a historical change. Since we have so many paid, recognized holidays, why can’t we have our own?” Doan said. (Graphic: made in Canva by Elizabeth Meza

‘We have felt invisible’: What Lunar New Year as paid holiday means to faculty, students

AB 2596 allows state employees to take paid time off to celebrate the holiday
Elizabeth Meza
November 25, 2022
Lunar New Year is now a paid state holiday, what do Asian-American students and faculty at Sac State think?
(R-L) Jenny Ruiz and Lillyana Sanchez, both fourth-year ethnic studies majors, hold a   banner near the Sac State Library quad on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. “We wanted something with a little bit of a shock factor,” Sanchez said. “Other SQE chapters at other campuses have more radical artwork, so this is pretty tame in my opinion.”

Student activist organization hosted a panel for alternatives to campus policing

Students for Quality Education members promote using ‘Herky Hates Hogs’ banner
Elizabeth Meza
November 25, 2022
Sac State students speak about their safety concerns on campus.
Multiple looks debut down the fashion show runway in celebration of Hmong New Year on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Models are dressed head to toe in different ensembles that represent the culture. (Visual made on Canva by Alyssa Branum)

Happy Hmong New Year: A celebration of fashion, culture and community

Elizabeth Meza and Hailey Valdivia
November 19, 2022

Helping Mentor Our Next Generation, a program supporting Hmong student success at Sacramento State, hosted a cultural celebration in appreciation of the Hmong New Year at the University Ballroom on Monday,...

(Left to Right) Shay Spencer and Leila Cormier standing outside of The Hornet Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. “It’s a paid holiday in a sense we are getting the reparations that we haven’t received in the past,” Spencer said.

‘Reparations that we haven’t received’: Juneteenth becomes paid state holiday

Elizabeth Meza and Stacy Hanson
October 25, 2022
Gavin Newsom just passed a bill that recognizes Juneteenth as a paid state holiday, read more to find out what Sac State students think.
Dr. Rose Soza War Soldier, assistant professor in the Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies Department, standing outside Amador Hall on Thursday Oct. 6, 2022. She is from the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians and is opposed to Proposition 27.

Gambling off tribal land: Proposition 26 and 27

Ballot initiative affects students and California Native community
How the upcoming November propositions on sports betting and gambling on and off tribal lands would affect the Native community at Sac State.
Ensuring Native Indian Traditions board members Maria Elena Pulido-Sepulveda (left) and Pauline Ghost-Perez (right) stand outside the multicultural center after their Orange T-shirt day workshop on Sept. 21, 2022. Orange T-shirt day is held on Sept. 30 to commemorate the children who experienced the residential school system and honor those who survived it.

’A beacon for Native students’: Ensuring Native Indian Traditions

A club for ‘allies and Indigenous students’
Elizabeth Meza
October 3, 2022
Learn more about the Sac State students behind the ENIT club and their efforts to provide a community for Native scholars .
(L-R) Jessica Rosenberg, Gabriella Einaga, MaryAnne Goodman, Yumi Kitade and Christy Bartlett from the Urasenke Foundation San Francisco inside the Sacramento State Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room located inside the University Library on Thursday, Sept.29, 2022. Tea gatherings are held throughout the semester and provide students the opportunity to learn about Urasenke Tradition Tea.

The Way of Tea: Sac State students gather for traditional Japanese ceremony

The Sokiku Nakatani Tea Room and Garden serves as a tranquil area and a classroom
Elizabeth Meza
September 30, 2022
Curious about the tea garden and room on campus? Learn what it’s used for here:
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