While many often equate sustainability to environmentalism, sustainability also has a strong social responsibility component.
In 2016, Associated Students launched a campaign to combat food insecurity. A mobile food pantry is available during the Farmers Market for students in need. The A.S. No Waste program also provides leftover event food to students.
San Diego State University has a thriving diversity program and frequently receives high rankings for having high ethnic diversity and graduations rates and being an LGBT friendly campus. Graduation rates among ethnically diverse students have greatly increased, from 33% in 2002 to 65% in 2010.
Disability Services provided support services for over a thousand students. They are committed to:
- Minimizing academic and physical barriers for students with disabilities.
- Promoting self-advocacy within students with disabilities.
- Working collaboratively with SDSU faculty, staff, and the campus community to increase disability awareness.
SDSU also has facilities to support students, faculty and staff, including lactation rooms and gender neutral bathrooms. Lactation rooms give breastfeeding mothers a private space to pump milk. Gender neutral bathrooms provide a safe place for transgender, gender non-conforming, and people of any gender identity. For a list of locations, please see the sites highlighted above.
The Center for Regional Sustainability has several programs that connects the university with the surrounding communities. The Sage Project has students engage in real world projects that help other communities’ meet their social needs, including sustainability and livability. Each year, thousands of students and dozens of faculty members give their time to find solutions to a community’s challenges. The Sage Club is a student group that supports these efforts. BrightSide Produce works to address food insecurity by providing underserved communities access to fresh produce.