Intercultural Relations/Cross-Cultural Center Newsletter

Cultural Competency Certificate Program Fall 2011 registration open!

The Cultural Competency Certificate Program brochureThe Cultural Competency Certificate Program consists of cultural diversity workshops, seminars, and service learning opportunities available to all members of the SDSU community.

The Cultural Competency Certificate Program links the diversity of the university’s student population, creating an experiential shift in values, attitudes and behaviors that will result in a fully engaged workforce. Upon completion of this program, you will be able to leverage your cultural competencies in order to better access new and emerging markets.

[more information]

Register online today!

5-star Campus Climate IndexSDSU Retains 5-Star LGBT-Friendly Campus Rating

San Diego State University was one of 33 colleges to receive Campus Pride’s five-star gay-friendliness rating.

[read the full story in the Campus Pride Blog]

“Down, But Not Out!!”

(article courtesy of the African American Business Women of Vision© E-Newsletter)

Dr. Tanis Starck spoke from her newly published book And Her Name Was Katrina: Life After the Storm.

Dr. Starck was the keynote speaker for the African American Business Women of Vision's Prayer, Networking and Vendor Breakfast in July 2011. Her report of her experiences with Katrina were emotional, eye opening, and memorable. We are excited to hear about her newly published book!! Dr. Tanis Starck is a diversity advocate, noted speaker, and published author. Her most recent accomplishments include creating and implementing the first certificate program in Cultural Competency in the entire California State University System for undergraduate students along with publishing her book, And Her Name Was Katrina: Life After the Storm, a personal guide through a reflective journey of social justice and inequality in America.

A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Starck relocated to San Diego from Tulane University. As a result of her achievements as the Assistant Dean of Students for San Diego State University, within two years a new department was created specifically for her, the Intercultural Relations Department, of which she has been the director ever since. Within the Intercultural Relations Department Dr. Starck oversees the Cross Cultural Center, The LGBT Center, The Women’s Resource Center, the Annual Diversity Conferences, and of course the Cultural Competency Certificate Program. Dr. Starck’s accomplishments in the area of increasing diversity in higher education span decades.

It has been her personal mission to ensure that opportunities are accessible to all of those from historically underrepresented communities. Her impact can be felt from the thousands of her “children” that spread across the nation.

CampUS program comes to SDSU

After-school All-starsOn July 5-10, 2011, After-School All-Stars hosted a residential one week summer program that took place on San Diego State University campus and focused on preparing rising 9th graders, at risk of dropping out, for high school, college and careers. Students participated in a week-long immersion program in partnership with San Diego State University, the Department of Intercultural Relations and Cross-Cultural Center to prepare them for high school and beyond.

Read more about the CampUS program at SDSU.

Welcome Week Community Mixers
All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend!

photo: students mix at a reception/mixerThese mixers facilitate a connection to the greater SDSU community by developing relationships between individuals who share similar backgrounds and cultural experiences. Come discover how to get involved by interacting with student organizations, faculty, and staff.

See the full schedule of mixers.

About SDSU Intercultural Relations


photo of students gathered in the Cross-Cultural CenterLocation and Contact Information

SDSU Cross-Cultural Center,
temporarily located in Cholula Community Center on 55th Street across from the Tony Gwynn Stadium

Phone: 619-594-7057

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm