Friday, April 2, 2021

News of the week

By Skyler Lacey, staff writer

What's Up, Hornets?

This week, Sac State AAPI community members sat down to talk about the spread of violence against Asian people. Students and faculty from the women's and gender studies department reflect on the last 50 years at Sac State, and Sac State's Police Chief Mark Iwasa announced his retirement during spring break. Plus, the Faculty Senate approved changes to general education requirements. 

Sac State AAPI community members respond to nationwide anti-Asian attacks

(Clockwise from top left) Jeannie Wong, Chi Vang, Yee Thao and Seunghee Wie spoke about the surge of anti-Asian attacks at Sac State’s virtual Stop AAPI Hate event on March 30. This event comes after the mass shooting in Atlanta on March 16 that killed 6 Asian women, which also provoked national dialogue about anti-Asian racism.
Screenshots by Emma Hall.

“If you are surprised by the anti-Asian violence in Atlanta, Georgia, that happened two weeks ago, you haven’t been listening to us,” said Seunghee Wie, a Sac State professor.

On Tuesday, members of the Sac State AAPI community sat down and shared their experiences, new and old, in response to the recurring violence against Asian communities. This event comes in response to the mass shooting in Atlanta on March 16, where eight people were shot and killed, including six Asian women. The increase in hate crimes targeting Asian American and Pacific Islanders also provoked concern during the discussion. 

Read more about the event here.

Women's and gender studies students and faculty reflect on department's 50th anniversary 

From left to right, peer mentors Alexis Jiminez, Ashley Jeffers, and women's and gender studies department chair Dr. Sujatha Moni discuss inclusivity in the women’s studies department at Sacramento State. The department celebrated its 50th year anniversary this year. Photos taken via Zoom

Sac State's very own women's and gender studies department celebrated its 50th anniversary in March. Students and faculty sat down to talk about the department, how far it has come since its inception in 1971, and where they hope to go in the future.

Read more about what students and faculty had to say here.

Sac State Police Chief Mark Iwasa announces retirement

Sacramento State Police Chief Mark Iwasa has announced he will retire from Sac State in the summer. Iwasa has worked at Sac State for 10 years. Photo courtesy of Sacramento State.

After 10 years of service, Sac State Police Chief Mark Iwasa announced his retirement via a SacSend email sent by Jonathan Bowman, Sac State's CFO and vice president for administration.

According to Bowman, Iwasa's departure will occur in the summer, but the search for his replacement has already begun. 

More details about the announcement can be read here.

Faculty Senate approves establishment of ethnic studies requirement at Sac State

(File photo) A demonstrator holds a sign advocating for AB 1460 in the University Union at a Faculty Senate meeting Feb. 27, 2020. Sacramento State’s Faculty Senate approved the establishment of a general education ethnic studies requirement during its meeting Thursday, April 1, 2020. Rahul Lal

Sac State's Faculty Senate voted to approve a new ethnic studies requirement in general education area F in order to comply with AB 1460

In order to maintain the number of units to graduate, general education area D units will be lowered by three for students graduating in 2024-2025.

Read more about the change to unit requirements here.

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Other news you should know

  • Vaccine appointments may be backed up for several weeks

    By Barbara Feder Ostrov and Ana B. Ibarra, CalMatters || March 26
  • Half of California bachelor’s degrees are awarded by Cal State, report says

    By Nina Agrawal, LA Times || April 1
  • As millions become eligible, can California's supply and technology keep up?

    By Colleen Shalby, Hayley Smith, Laura J. Nelson, LA Times || April 1

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing and well-deserved break. I'm really glad I got to do the newsletter these past few weeks, but unfortunately, our time has come to an end and a new writer will be taking over next week. :(
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