NSPP November Newsletter

sdsu election poll site

2020 Election Poll Site on Campus

Saturday, October 31 – Tuesday, November 3, 2020 

Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (enter through Lot 13)
5500 Canyon Crest Drive San Diego, CA 92182 

Associated Students is hosting a county-led Super Poll at Viejas Arena. There will be in-person voting that follows all the county and state COVID-19 guidelines, including physical distancing and the wearing of masks at all times. 

Mail-in ballots can be dropped-off at this poll site, as well. Curbside voting will be available for voters who require it. 

For a full schedule and more information, visit our website


Thanksgiving Break COVID-19 Update

Students Living in On-Campus Housing: For students planning to leave campus during Thanksgiving to visit family or return home, they may choose to remain at home for the rest of the fall semester and complete the last two weeks of the term remotely. ALL students living on-campus with an SDSU housing license agreement are required to complete the Office of Housing Administration’s Thanksgiving Break Form by Friday, Nov. 20.

Students Taking In-Person Courses: All students taking approved in-person courses or who are involved in university research are also highly encouraged to avoid Thanksgiving travel. If students must leave the region, follow public health guidelines and health orders at all times.

After Thanksgiving, given the increased risks of bringing students back from other locations where they may have been exposed, students will be required to test immediately upon return, and then weekly through the end of the term. Students will receive emails with specific information about the revised testing schedule.



The Economic Crisis Response Team will be virtually hosting a Food and Housing Resources Week November 15-22, as a part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

ECRT will promote food and housing resources in our community, host an ECRT Advocate training for students, staff and faculty, utilize the virtual space for conversation with ECRT Coordinators, and have a CalFresh Day where students can learn about and sign up for CalFresh on the spot!

Follow the ECRT on instagram, @ecrtsdsu, to stay up to date with all of the events

For More information about ECRT visit SACD.SDSU.EDU/ECRT




In an effort to be better-equipped to support our students' needs, San Diego State University is administering a brief basic needs survey to all students. This survey should take five to eight minutes to complete and asks questions about your student’s food needs, housing needs, employment and access to technology. 

Students who complete the Basic Needs and Technology Survey are entered into an opportunity drawing and could be selected for a $50 gift card to (50 available).

Students can find the survey by searching their SDSU email inbox for the subject line “SDSU wants to hear about your experience” from All emails were sent to students’ SDSU email addresses"

read more about the basic needs survey


With a visit to WebPortal and a few keystrokes, students can make the changes in a few minutes. The Pride Center will confirm the change with students within 2-3 business days.

Visit the SDSU Pride Center's Instagram for more infomration on how to make the change, or contact Pride Center director, Wesley Palau, or the Registrar.

More details can be found on the registrar's Website


San Diego State University’s annual Aztecs Rock Hunger food drive collected 344,137 pounds for The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, marking another high-achieving year for the campaign and a successful shift to the virtual space.

Read the full story here

Veteran's Day

Photo taken before 2020

Veteran's Day War Memorial Event

SDSU’s 24th annual War Memorial wreath-laying ceremony is set for Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. PST. This year’s event will take place online and may be accessed at

The ceremony is staged each year to honor the university’s veteran alumni who have died in service during the nation’s military conflicts. Featured speakers include SDSU President Adela de la Torre, SDSU Alumni Board of Advisors President Chiloh Baty (’08), and War Memorial Committee Chair Col. Martin Wojtysiak, USAF (ret.). Winners of the annual student essay contest will also read their entries. The virtual ceremony will include the reading of the names listed on the War Memorial.

Dedicated in 1996, the War Memorial was originally intended to serve as a monument to Aztecs who died in service during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, but has been expanded to accommodate service members from more recent conflicts. Currently, there are 239 names etched on the face of the monument.

VISIT to view the event

SDSU Social Justice SummitPhoto taken before 2020

SDSU Social Justice Summit

SDSU Career Services is excited to host the inaugural 2020 SDSU Social Justice Summit. The event’s theme is “Merging Purpose and Passion: Social Justice in a Changing World.” This free event aims to bring together students, alumni, educators, and community partners and create spaces to facilitate conversations about social justice, intersections with career exploration, and how these impact our societies

The summit will be held on
Thursday Nov. 5 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. PST
and Friday Nov. 6 from 1 - 4:15 p.m. PST

Opportunity drawings for students to win memberships to professional associations in various industries will be available throughout the event.

We are excited to feature guest speakers Katie Howland (Aerie Changemaker and refugee advocate) and Dr. D.A. Graham, Ph.D., as well as workshops by student leaders, faculty, and staff.   

A special thank you to the Aztec Parents Association for their philanthropic gifts that made this inaugural Social Justice Summit possible.

We encourage all SDSU students and alumni to register for this FREE event via Handshake

register for the 2020 SDSU social Justice Summit on handshake


Special Announcements

REGISTRAtion open for winter session of global campus

Looking for ways to get that diploma sooner or explore a new area?  Registration for the SDSU Global Campus Winter Session 2021 is open through Dec. 15.  The 2021 Winter Session is from Dec. 17- Jan. 14. 

Winter Session classes are a great opportunity to accelerate graduation, return to school, or explore a new area of interest.

This intensive session between the Fall and Spring semesters offers online courses from SDSU’s degree programs.   

Enrollment to online winter break classes is open to current SDSU students, students from other colleges and universities, high school graduates and working professionals.

visit the sdsu global campus website for more information, including registration and course listings

Summer Session 2021 - Complete a minor in two summers! Graduate Early!

San Diego State University summer courses can help your student get ahead in their coursework and stay connected to their professors over the summer. 

SDSU is offering hundreds of online courses in three short sessions. Taking just one summer session course can put students on track to graduate on time or leave room in their schedule for an internship, a job, participation in a student organization, or other valuable experience. 

We encourage you to have a conversation with your student early and start planning for summer courses now, the schedule is available on their WebPortal. 

Summer session registration starts March 2021.

spring on-campus housing license agreements now available

We are excited to share that on-campus housing is available for spring 2021. We invite SDSU students to complete the Student Housing License Agreement on the Housing Portal by Dec. 4. 

For detailed instructions for completing the license agreement, please visit our Apply page. 

Please note that capacity may be limited based on County and campus policy and assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.


Our partnership is a unique opportunity for you to receive discounted room rates at San Diego’s premier hotels just by asking for the SDSU Friends and Family Rate when making your reservation.  

All Bartell Hotels are operating under a new health and safety plan. Your safety and well-being is their top priority.

Learn more about our partnership by visiting bartell's Website

Aztec Recreation Center

Aztec Recreation Center
Open for Indoor Activities

The Aztec Recreation Center and ARC Express are now open for indoor activity! 

In addition to reopening indoor operations, the ARC will continue to offer ARC OUTDOORS operations to provide multiple options for members. Members will have access to seven reservation options. In accordance with governmental guidelines, Aztec Recreation is taking extra precautions to help our members and staff stay safe and healthy. This includes extensive cleaning protocols and physical distancing practices. 

At this time reservations are required for all visits and facial coverings are required at all times. Have your student visit the the ARC website to reserve a workout time.



It’s a new spin on an old tradition.

Homecoming 2020 will take place in the virtual realm, with a host of events that culminate with the homecoming football game Nov. 14 vs. Hawaii. 

  • Pay respect to fallen Aztecs. Nov. 13 at the 24th annual War Memorial Ceremony. 
  • Participate in a game of Trivia Kahoot on Nov. 12 and win prizes from the SDSU Bookstore.

READ MORE about Homecoming Week, including Zoom links and football game times and viewing and listening information, on the Homecoming website.



The College of Arts & Letters (CAL) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences. The programs explore the dynamics of human experiences, personal identities, cultural and cross-cultural expressions and practices, and philosophical beliefs regarding human life and existence.

"Here in the College of Arts and Letters, your education in the liberal arts offers you a chance to consider some of the most profound questions facing humanity – including our very future on this planet – to solve some of society’s most pressing issues, and discover a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the world," CAL Dean Monica J. Casper said.

Now, more than ever, critical thinking, problem-solving, and a keen understanding of world cultures and peoples through ethnic and social justice studies, history, literatures, languages, gender studies, sustainability studies, political activism, and religious studies is paramount in empowering you to make a difference in our collective future — and, in your future," Casper said.

CAL Highlights

  • The College Arts & Letters (CAL) was established in 1969 and is the largest College at SDSU. 
  • CAL’s International Business Program is ranked 4th in the nation among public universities and 8th overall among undergraduate programs by U.S. News and World Report (2021). 
  • In 2019/20, the College of Arts and Letters awarded 1,181 undergraduate degrees and 160 graduate degrees. 
  • CAL is only the second college in North America to have a major in LGBTQ+ Studies, beginning in January 2012. 
  • CAL’s Department of Geography offers a distinctive joint doctoral program with the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
  • CAL is home to several prestigious journals, including: Journal of Island and Coastal Archeology; Review of Household Economics; Poetry International; Fiction International; Pacific Review; Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association; Dialogue; Journal of Lesbian Studies; and Mobilization.  
view the CAL YouTube channel

SDSU's Parent and Family e-Cookbook

Coming in our December Newsletter!

Share your favorite family recipe with us for our first ever SDSU Parent and Family e-Cookbook! Submit your recipe with us by Nov. 6 to be featured in the cookbook! More than one recipe per family may be submitted 

Click here to submit your recipe


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photo of Frankie Velazquez director of nsppFrancisco Velazquez (B.A. ’08, M.A. ’10)

Director, New Student and Parent Programs

photo of Robyn Adams, associate director of nsppRobyn Adams, (B.S. '97), M.Ed., Ph.D.

Associate Director, New Student and Parent Programs


Questions? Contact:
New Student and Parent Programs, Student Affairs & Campus Diversity
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San Diego, CA 92182
Contact: 619-594-1653

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