Fireside Charla with SDSU President Adela de la Torre


 September 1, 2019

#009 - Charla about Shared Governance at SDSU


Episode Summary:

If you don’t know what Shared Governance is, you are about to find out. Shared Governance is ultimately about trust, a value central to my leadership and our university. I am a Shared Governance advocate and my hope is that you will be one too. Enjoy the charla!

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“The fact that we have been able to really assimilate student voice and student perspective into a lot of the major decisions regarding this university, is what's going to allow us to continue to progress the way we have been progressing. I'm excited for the future.” -Christian

“As long as we're able to hear those voices, respect the voices, communicate about decisions, and take responsibility for those decisions, that is shared governance.” -Becca

“The concept of trust is truly fundamental, creating a culture, a climate of trust.” -Mark

“That's the Senate's mandate, to consider the general welfare of our community, and then deliberate and formulate policy and make council.” -Mark

“Ultimately, the enabling condition for communication and respect and responsibility is trust.” -Becca

“It's okay if we make mistakes because we're all working together and we'll catch each other, we can trust that someone has our back.” -Mark

“San Diego State isn't just for the faculty, the staff, and the students. San Diego State is for San Diego. And it's always been for San Diego. So the community members are part of our fabric too.” -Bann

“It requires a broader conversation about a shared understanding of shared governance, right? And that part of this, it requires the individual, every individual, to sort of reflect on what they've been doing and how they've been doing it.” -Stephen

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 Christian Onwuka

Christian is pursuing a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance, accompanied by an Honors minor in Interdisciplinary Studies through the Weber Honors College.

Christian’s involvement with Associated Students (A.S.) began in 2016 and during his time as A.S. President, Christian will work to engage multiple communities across campus, by continuing to facilitate conversations regarding what students desire in terms of support. He will promote many of the programs and services A.S. provides for the student body, including employment and leadership opportunities to name a few.

About Dr. Rebecca Lewison 

Dr. Lewison is a conservation ecologist and a Professor at San Diego State University. She also serves as Director for the Institute for Ecological Management and Monitoring, a multi-disciplinary research institute at SDSU. Using innovative field, quantitative and lab-based approaches, her research focuses on vulnerable wildlife populations that live in both terrestrial and aquatic environments and face pressing conservation issues, e.g. fragmentation, habitat loss, harvest and incidental mortality, disease and other disturbances.

About Dr. Stephen Schellenberg

Dr. Schellenberg is the Associate Dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies and Professor for the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include paleontology, paleoclimate, geochemistry, and biomineralization. He is dedicated to effective teaching and to meaningful service on local and global scales.

About Dr. Mark Wheeler

Dr. Wheeler is a Professor, Department Chair, and Director of Institute for Ethics & Public Affairs, SDSU University Senate Chair, and SDSU Faculty Chair. His research interests include Ancient Greek Philosophy, Plato and Aristotle, Contemporary Value Theory, and Contemporary Metaphysic.

About Bann Attiq

Bann is an Appointment Analyst for the College of Sciences. She is an alum of SDSU and has worked as an officer in the University Senate.