Dear SDSU community,

We are pleased to share that as part of our efforts to increase the representation and honoring of diverse communities on university buildings and spaces, a new task force is being formed to accept and assess nominations from across our campus community.

The Presidential Task Force on Honorary Namings will lead this initiative, which is focused on identifying naming opportunities for two university buildings, which will be shared at a later date, in which there is no philanthropic gift requirement attached.

Co-chaired by J. Luke Wood, Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, and Adrienne Vargas, Vice President for University Relations and Development, the group will have its first meeting this summer and launch a process to accept nominations now through Wednesday, September 1, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time).

A nominee should have:

  • Achieved unique distinction within the higher education sector or a different area of public service

  • Or served SDSU in an academic capacity while earning either national or international reputation as a scholar

  • Or has made extraordinary contributions to an SDSU campus, which warrants special recognition

  • Or who has served SDSU in an administrative capacity and who, during their service, made extraordinary contributions to the University.

All names should meet the existing CSU Honorary Naming Policy, including approval by the CSU Board of Trustees. This includes the provision that no building will be named after seated, elected or appointed officials currently in office and for one year following his or her service.

Nominees who are deceased will have a greater chance of being selected for this honor. Additional details, including the nomination form, are available on the task force group’s page.

This initiative follows plans established in our university’s strategic plan, which call on our community to identify ways to honor and celebrate the many historic and contemporary contributions of members of our great and diverse one SDSU community. All are invited to submit nominations.

Adela de la Torre, Ph.D.
San Diego State University President

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
Co-Chair, Presidential Task Force Group on Honorary Namings

Adrienne Vargas
Vice President for University Relations and Development
Co-Chair, Presidential Task Force Group on Honorary Namings


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