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Surf/Skate Studies Collaborative “The Stoke Sessions” Conference

Scholars from all over the world attended “The Stoke Sessions” conference, and keynote speakers included Tony and Steve Hawk and Selema Masekela. Former world champion surfer Shaun Tomson also attended and gave a talk. You can find more information about the conference and watch a video with presenters.

Worker's Rights in Action!

Wednesaday, December 8
5 p.m.
Storm Hall 109

Come learn about your labor rights as a San Diego worker! The event will be featuring a labor rights lawyer from the Employee Rights Center and an Amazon Campaign Organizer.

Refreshments provided.

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights, Center for Community Research and Engagement, and SDSU Department of Sociology.

Acts of Hate, Immigration, and the Pandemic

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
4 - 5:15 pm
Watch the video from the 4/13 event.

Robin Toma, Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission of Los Angeles, will speak on the uses of research, education, reporting, and intervention to address the rising tide of hate. Tune in to the KPBS morning show on April 13 where Robin will be interviewed. 

Download the presentation slides.

For questions, please contact: Dr. Jill Esbenshade, [email protected]

Sponsored by the SDSU Department of Sociology and Center for Community Research and Engagement.


Black Lives Matter Movement & Intersectionality

Wednesday, April 14
7-9 pm
Watch the video from the 4/14 event


Buki Domingos (she/her) is the Founder of the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, member of the World March of Women, board member of the Survivor Leader Network of San Diego, and National Advisory Board Member of the International Rescue Committee - Framework.

Christina Griffin-Jones (she/her) is a member of Black Lives Matter: San Diego Chapter and is one of the founders of March for Black Womxn San Diego, Dede McClure Memorial Community Bail Fund, and We All We Got San Diego. Christina has lived on stolen and occupied Kumeyaay land, that colonizers later named San Diego County, for all of her life.

Paige Coe (they/them) is the Community Relations Chair of the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition, Training Specialist for the Gender Phluid Collective (GPC), and sits on the Black LGBTQ+ Community Advisory Committee (BLCAC) at The San Diego LGBT Center.

Sharon Elise, Ph.D. (she/her) is a Professor of Sociology at CSU San Marcos and is Associate Vice President for Racial & Social Justice, South California Faculty Association.

For questions, please contact Dr. Minjeong Kim at [email protected].

Sponsored by the SDSU Department of Sociology and Center for Community Research & Engagement (CCRE)


Engaged Sociology in the University and Community

Monday, December 7, 2pm-3pm


  • Dr. Kyra Greene
    Executive Director of the Center on Policy Initiatives
  • Dr. Edna Bonacich
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology, UC Riverside
  • Dr. Jill Esbenshade
    Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Community Research and Engagement, SDSU

For information contact, please Dr. Jill Esbenshade at [email protected].   

Sponsored by the SDSU Department of Sociology and the Center for Community Research and Engagement


Black Lives Matter Movement in San Diego

Thursday, October 22, 2020 
The 25th Annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality


  • Desiree Smith, Mother of the Movement
  • Tasha Williamson, Community Advocate
  • Darwin Fishman, SDSU Sociology Lecturer

For information contact, Department of Sociology at [email protected].

Part of the SDSU Sociology Community Dialogue Series on Black Lives Matter Movement

Watch the Zoom recording from the 10/22 event

The Right to Seek Asylum

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:30-1:45pm
Scripps Cottage

Join us for this upcoming event, The Right to Seek Asylum: Migrants' stories of their struggles for human rights, dignity and peace in the United States, on Human Rights Day.

Presented by the ACLU and the SDSU Center for Community Research and Engagement (Department of Sociology). 
Co-sponsored with the SDSU CAL Interdisciplinary Human Rights Initiative.



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