$1 Million Gift to SDSU Supports Pride Center, LGBT Studies

From left to right: Norma Bouchard, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters; Robert DeKoven (’80); SDSU President Adela de la Torre; Eric Rivera, vice president for Student Affairs Robert DeKoven , a former Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, has made a planned gift to support SDSU’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.

The $1 million gift was announced July 11 at SDSU’s Pride Flag Raising Ceremony , an annual campus event. SDSU is the second university in the United States and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies.

“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program.

The Robert DeKoven Endowment for Leadership, Inclusion and Entrepreneurship will support curricular and co-curricular activities. DeKoven is a long-time supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students.

“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera , vice president for Student Affairs. "Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.“

SDSU continues to be nationally recognized as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly universities in the nation . The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 “Best of the Best” Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in this ranking for the past eight years.

DeKoven (’80) was a co-author of the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in housing, employment and lending.

He publishes dozens of commentaries a year on issues related to education, privacy and civil rights. As a professor, he has taught legal research and writing to more than 5,000 law students and paralegals in San Diego.

“Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed,” DeKoven said. “Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”
The 2018 SDSU Homecoming game takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at SDCCU Stadium. Put your creativity and artistic skills to the test by submitting a design for San Diego State University’s 2018 Homecoming logo. The winning design will be featured on the official 2018 Homecoming T-shirt, which will be available for purchase in the SDSU Bookstore.

Homecoming Week is set for Oct. 15-20, concluding with the Aztecs’ Homecoming football game against San Jose State University at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at SDCCU Stadium.

The contest is open to all students, staff, faculty, alumni and fans. All designs will be printed on a black background. Submitters should use red, white and/or black for the design, and include the homecoming theme, “One City. One Team. One Homecoming.”

To enter the contest, download the logo design contest rules and an application .

If the design includes the SDSU Athletics official logo, please use the updated primary logo and logo type found in the online Athletics Style Guide . Entries must be original work. All entry materials will become the property of San Diego State University.

The SDSU Homecoming Committee will select the finalists. The winning design will be chosen based upon creativity, adherence to theme, and expression of SDSU pride.

The SDSU Homecoming Committee reserves the right to modify/adapt the winning design as needed for purposes necessary to the screening/printing process or other needs. Contest entries should be submitted in .ai or .eps formats. All type (text) must be converted to outlines, and files must be built to open in Adobe Illustrator CS6.

All submissions must be received by the Associated Students front desk or sent via email to the Homecoming Committee ( homecoming@sdsu.edu ) by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 23.
The website introduces several online resources for students interested in getting involved in research. The new website will serve as a resource for students, faculty and the greater community. Did you know San Diego State University has more than 70 active and robust centers and institutes conducting important research? Or that SDSU researchers’ scholarly work is regularly featured in national outlets such as the New York Times and TIME magazine?

SDSU has launched a revamped research website to highlight its programs, promote the university’s breadth of excellence and entrepreneurial spirit, and provide practical resources for faculty and students.

SDSU’s research enterprise is growing each year, with $134.3 million in external research funding and more than 780 research-related grants awarded to faculty in 2017. The institution is continually working to increase its support of faculty and student research: This year it hired a director of undergraduate research, launched new training programs to help graduate students win competitive fellowships, and opened the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex to foster collaborative research .

“We want everyone to know that SDSU is an active research institution with more than $134 million in annual funding, significant intellectual and community impact, and plenty of opportunities for collaboration and student involvement,” said Stephen Welter , SDSU’s vice president for research and graduate affairs. “This website is one of many steps we are taking to deliver that message to the campus and the greater community.”

The revamped website includes several new features, such as an interactive timeline of SDSU’s research history, a roundup of core facilities outlining research-related resources open to the university community, and an overview of SDSU’s various centers and institutes .

The website also introduces several online resources for students interested in getting involved in research, including an undergraduate research hub , an overview of diversity in student research, and pages that highlight student research cornerstone programs such as the Student Research Symposium , the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and the Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award.

There are several portals to educate visitors about SDSU’s research happenings and events, including a research news center , a “researchers in the news” recap, and a section that spotlights program and researcher success.

Information for faculty on where they can find funding , what training opportunities are available to them, and how the university’s technology transfer process works can also be found.

In the fall, the university will launch a revamped web presence for its entrepreneurial activities, as well.