YouTube sensation promotes Latinx culture at SSU

YouTube sensation promotes Latinx culture at SSU

Culy Velasquez, creator of the ‘Pero Like’ YouTube channel and longtime team member of Buzzfeed, spoke about his experiences with diversity issues during a recent visit to Sonoma State University.

On Sept. 28 in the HUB, Velasquez addressed a predominantly Latina crowd about his experiences as an entertainer and the message he intends to send through his YouTube channel. According to Velasquez, the goal of “Pero Like” is to create a place where he can show the world who Latinos really are, along with their beautiful culture.

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Round table encourages clubs to work together

Round table encourages clubs to work together

With over 160 clubs at Sonoma State University, each one is bound to offer something different to students. 

Academic clubs, sports clubs, fraternities and sororities and other niche organizations all have their own ways of conducting themselves. 

All these clubs were accounted for on Sept. 27, when the Student Involvement office held a round table event to hear the clubs’ needs so they could determine how to best serve them.

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New Seawolf Ambassador program on campus seeks to support clubs, events and community

New Seawolf Ambassador program on campus seeks to support clubs, events and community

The new Seawolf Ambassador program at Sonoma State University, while still in its infancy, is already offering students the opportunity to gain paid work experience.  

Students who work in this program, who are known as Seawolf Ambassadors, will be helping at a variety of campus events, working as ushers, monitoring parking and providing security. 

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Emerging Leaders Conference focuses on helping students make a positive impact

Emerging Leaders Conference focuses on helping students make a positive impact

To train a grasshopper, you must leave it in a shoebox. A grasshopper can jump ten times its body height but will only jump as high as the imagined barrier after the lid comes off the box. 

This is the metaphor Bert “The Mentor Guy” Gervais used when describing leadership as he reiterated the importance of not standing in your own way and “removing your lid” at this years Emerging Leaders Conference on Sunday at Sonoma State University. Gervais also used his stories of emigration from Haiti and struggles in college to inspire students.

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Students dig into community service at Garden Classroom

Students dig into community service at Garden Classroom

Every Monday from noon to 2 p.m. students can grab some gardening gloves and become a part of the growing, harvesting and composting of food.  

Located next to the Environmental Technology Center in the northwest region of campus, the Garden Classroom is a garden where students play an active role in the cultivation of crops which are donated to a local food pantry, Neighbors Organized Against Hunger.  By experiencing firsthand how some foods are tended to and grown, students can enter not only a working environment, but a learning one.

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Career Services helps students get LinkedIn

Career Services helps students get LinkedIn

The many college students who are concerned with securing jobs after graduation may want to look into the assistance provided by Sonoma State University.  

Career Services hosted a LinkedIn workshop Sept. 12 from 1 - 2 p.m. The department, once part of Academic Affairs, is now connected to Student Affairs and is located in Salazar 1070. 

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Black Student Union and CAPS aim to hire counselors of color

Black Student Union and CAPS aim to hire counselors of color

Sonoma State University’s Black Student Union is working with Counseling and Psychological Services, better known as CAPS, to hire more counselors of color, one of many goals proposed in the union’s list of demands.

This list was made during the fall 2016 semester to promote diversity and support black students at Sonoma State.

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SSU diversity senator discusses his experience as a DACA student

SSU diversity senator discusses his experience as a DACA student

Edgar Sanchez is a fourth-year Sonoma State student and serves on Associated Students as diversity senator. He also is one of 800,000 members of DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, that was signed into law under President Barack Obama in 2012 but was rescinded last Tuesday by President Donald Trump after a six-month delay. 

DACA has given thousands of children of undocumented families the chance to obtain work permits, get driver’s licenses and apply for student loans to go to college. The STAR had a chance to sit down with Sanchez last week and get his thoughts and his story.

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Professors get creative in Art Studio Faculty Exhibition

Professors get creative in Art Studio Faculty Exhibition

For Sonoma State University students, the upcoming Art Studio Faculty Exhibition is a chance to see their studio art professors not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.    

This gallery, which will be at the University Art Gallery from Sept. 7 through Oct. 15, flips the script on how students view their professors. In a professional setting, students can see what it is like to be a professional artist. 

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