Annie Buckley, Director and Professor at the SDSU School of Art & Design, is joined by SDSU’s Vice President for Faculty and Staff diversity, Jennifer Imazeki, and Student Assistant/Diversity & Inclusion Committee member, Sabrina Davidson to discuss the critical need to embrace and support inclusivity and diversity on college campuses. Imazeki describes specific changes the School of Art & Design is making and how those changes can be adapted campus-wide. Davidson talks about her representative mural projects and the plans the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee have to reach local middle school children.
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Author Sherrie Miranda discusses her new book, Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans, a novel about the shady happenings in 1980s New Orleans. Sherrie recounts her own experiences in New Orleans and describes why it was important for her to write this novel.
Rebecca Jones, Mayor of the City of San Marcos, returns with her colleague Rick Rungaitis, CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, to chat about the strong partnership between the City of San Marcos and its Chamber of Commerce; new developments in the city; its vibrant Farmer’s Market; and the impact COVID-19 on local businesses.
Veronica Murphy, Artistic Director for Write Out Loud, talks about her organization’s annual PoeFest, that will stream from October 23 through November 1. Murphy discusses Write Out Loud’s mission to inspire and entertain by reading literature aloud for a live audience.
David Marshall, Principal at Heritage Architecture & Planning, and Board Chair of Friends of Balboa Park, is joined by Executive Director of Friends of Balboa Park, John Bolthouse, to talk about the the architectural history of Balboa Park architecture; the growing deferred maintenance challenges of the park; and recent restoration work completed by Friends.
Yolanda Serra Martinez, a military spouse, passionately praises the “over-the-top” services and personal outreach she received from USO San Diego when her family with three young daughters moved from Houston to San Diego. Serra Martinez, who works in the public health space, is joined by Ashley Camac, Executive Director of USO San Diego, to elaborate on the plethora programs offered by the nearly 70-year-old organization.
Lesslie Keller, CEO and Executive Director of Episcopal Community Services (ECS), is joined by her colleague, Stacie Perez, ECS Housing & Clinical Services Director, to discuss the myriad services and programs offered by ECS’s Central East Regional Recovery Center.
Joey Travolta, Founder of Inclusion Films and award-winning filmmaker and director, talks about his latest documentary, Let’s Talk. The documentary will be featured in the upcoming annual San Diego International Film Festival, slated for October 15-18. Inclusion Films teaches filmmaking to individuals with developmental disabilities, with two-thirds of the Let’s Talk film crew being comprised of neuro-diverse individuals. Travolta chats about his background as a former special education teacher with a passion for filmmaking.
Nancy Sasaki, President and CEO of the United Way of San Diego County, is joined by Tony Russell, United Way Board Chair, to discuss the venerable organization’s impact in the county over the past 100 years and the October 8 “Virtual Centennial Celebration.” Russell, a San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Director, talks about his involvement with United Way, as well as the Airport Authority’s longtime support of the organization.
Gabe Howard, podcast host and contributing writer of Guts, Grit & the Grind, chats about the self-help book which addresses the importance of men’s mental health. Howard discusses society’s stigmatization of mental health, and what men can do to better manage their mental health.