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CommUNITY Meetings

During the Fall 2023 semester, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility is hosting four 'CommUNITY Meetings', which are provided to enhance knowledge and understanding of the unique lifestyles and perspectives in and around the SDSU and Brookings communities. Attendance at these meetings is completely voluntary. OMAA strives to build UNITY by learning together.

We would love to see you at these educational opportunities in the coming months!


Ally Training- Basic & Advanced Sessions

Friday, September 29, 2023 in the Hobo Day Gallery of the University Student Union (SSU 169). Basic Ally Training will take place from 2:00 PM- 3:15 PM, and Advanced Ally Training will occur from 3:30 PM- 4:45 PM.

Presenters: Dr. Erin Lavender-Stott, SDSU Faculty
Lee Mallak, GSA Advisor

Sponsored by the Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA)

Develop skills to promote an inclusive and safe campus environment for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Basic Session will focus on education of contemporary LGBTQIA+ identities and experiences. The Advanced Session will focus on best practices for navigating a variety of experiences to support and advocate for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff. The trainings will include activities, discussion, and reflection. 


Unlocking Potential: Empowering Individuals to Advocate for Accommodations

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM in the Pheasant Room of the University Student Union (SSU 253A).

Presenters: Lee Mallak, OMAA Senior Secretary and SDSU Graduate Student
Katie Dam, Graduate Administrative Assistant- Disability Services

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility (OMAA)

This interactive session will dive into the art of advocacy for disability accommodations in three vital areas: the classroom, housing, and the workplace. Topics will include disability laws and regulations, how to discuss accommodations with professors and employers, and general advocacy strategies. The session will incorporate group discussion, as well as self-reflection through guided activities.


Kristallnacht: Remembering for Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 from 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM in the Volstorff Ballroom of the University Student Union.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility (OMAA) and the Black Student Alliance (BSA)

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, marks a pivotal moment preceding the Holocaust. Occurring on November 9-10, 1938, it marked a violent escalation of anti-Semitic actions by the Nazi regime, involving the destruction of Jewish-owned businesses, synagogues, and homes. This event stands as a stark reminder of the dangers of unchecked hatred and intolerance and will education on the importance of remembering and learning from a past event to prevent such atrocities from happening again.


Dialogue & Development

Friday, December 1, 2023 from 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM in the Dakota Room of the University Student Union (SSU 250).

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Accessibility (OMAA)

The session aims to create an opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful dialogue and self-reflection regarding the development of their intercultural development. Facilitators will provide guidance, but those in attendance will be the drivers of the dialogue. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to participate and share perspectives for the purpose of growing others.