Fireside Charla with SDSU President Adela de la Torre


 March 1, 2019

#001 Charla with Dr. Adela de la Torre

Episode Summary:

Just in time for Women’s History Month, SDSU Alum Perette Godwin chats with President Adela de la Torre about her trajectory to becoming the first female president of San Diego State University. Eavesdrop as de la Torre shares about the hurdles she's overcome to get here, the mentors who inspired her to press on, and what she hopes her vision for SDSU and this Fireside Charla podcast will accomplish as the university embarks on its next chapter of distinction.

Approximate running time: 38:10
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In this episode, you will

  1. Learn about President de la Torre’s background, family, and values
  2. Get insight on her journey to the presidency and as a Latina economist
  3. Discover the hurdles she faced studying economics, a male-dominated field
  4. Gain an appreciation for her vision for SDSU and her passion to help students be prepared to lead in any career by their experiences at SDSU
  5. Learn about the innovative projects and concepts that SDSU fosters


I think it's important to understand that you need to keep on top of your passion and recognize that any distractions you have are momentary. Not that they don't hurt, and not that they don't last, but recognizing that if you follow your passions and you really move forward you can transform the world” -Adela.

About Dr. Adela de la Torre

Dr. Adela de la Torre joined San Diego State University in June 2018, as the first woman and Latina president. She brings 30 years of service and leadership roles within institutions of higher education and shares these experiences with open arms. She has two daughters who are both married, a grandson, a husband, and three dogs! Adela discusses the challenges she faced in college, her mentors, her heart-led leadership style, and her vision to help all types of students at SDSU feel confident in their goals.


About Dr. Perette Godwin

Perette Godwin is a former president of the SDSU Alumni Board and currently serves as a senior public information officer with the City of San Diego. Using her journalism background to keep our city informed, she also impacts the community through her work with nonprofit organizations and volunteer involvement with groups such as Girl Scouts and Art Walk. Perette received her B.A. in Broadcast News Journalism, minor in English in 1986.




Episode references and bonus reading:

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Mujeres en marcha: Women marching forward   

Molcajete: Stone tool for grinding food ingredients, a version of a mortar

Comal: A flat, smooth griddle normally used to heat up tortillas

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