CouRaGeouS Cuentos Volume 4 Celebration Event
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The Celebration Event for Volume 4 of CouRaGeouS Cuentos is Monday, April 26th, 6-8pm.

Register through Zoom at and enjoy this community celebration with open mic, live music by DJ Sizzle Fantastic, and much more!


Save the Date - Humboldt Rural Tourism Summit

flyer for Humboldt Rural Tourism Summit May 3, 2021 11-1:30pmSave the date and join us for the first Humboldt Rural Tourism Summit on Monday, May 3rd, 11-1:30pm.

The goal of this summit is to get Humboldt hospitality stakeholders excited about rural tourism, and learn what works and how to collaborate on promoting tourism in rural areas. This summit will also be an opportunity to foster connections between the local Humboldt community and outside tourism professionals. REGISTER NOW!

Featured speakers are:

*Tami Reist, President & CEO of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
*Niki Brown, Program Director for Siskiyou Economic Development
*Julie Benbow, Executive Director of Visit the Redwoods

Facilitated by Annika Slattery.

Learn more about this project at Discovering Humboldt!

Toyon Volume 67 Virtual Release
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Toyon Volume 67 De Dos Lados Virtual Release Party

Toyon Literary Magazine will be hosting a release party for its 67th volume on Zoom on Thursday, April 29th, from 3-5pm. The event will feature readings from volume 67, a recognition of 2021 award recipients, and a short Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.

Register for the event:

The special theme for this volume of Toyon is De Los Lados, which translates to “two-sided” or “from two sides.” Volume 67 recognizes and celebrates Latinx artists and their contributions to US culture and literature. As part of volume 67’s theme, multiple pieces have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, or both, by translators Kirk Lua and Yuan Changming. The release of this volume is supported by HSU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Make sure to sign up to our mailing list when you register for the event! Those on Toyon’s mailing list will receive a free physical copy of the new volume. Volume 67 will also be available digitally in both print and audiobook formats. A digital copy of the book will be made available on HSU Digital Commons, Amazon Kindle, and Amazon print-on-demand at the time of release. The volume 67 audiobook can be found on both YouTube and Soundcloud and can be accessed via the Toyon website. ​​

Toyon is Humboldt State University English department’s annual literary magazine. Run entirely by students since its first issue in 1954, Toyon showcases the work of established and emerging writers and artists from Humboldt County and all over the world.

Learn more at
Instagram and Twitter: @toyonhsu
Facebook: @toyonmagazine
Youtube and Soundcloud: Toyon Literary Magazine

CA-NAME Conference May 1st

The California Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (CA-NAME) invites everyone to participate in the 10th Annual Statewide Conference, "Abolishing the Colonial Project: Sharing, Examining, and Reflecting on our Practices" (flyer). The conference will be held online Saturday, May 1, 2021 9am-1pm. HSU is honored to share sponsorship with Merritt Community College who have been at the heart of the resistance against the colonial project by the Black Panther Party’s leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seal. Keynote speakers include Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Dulcinea Lara.

The conference theme expands on Althusser’s notion of the ideological and repressive state apparatus and Ruiz, Lara, and Greene’s (2018) argument that schools mirror a repressive state apparatus in order to sustain a colonial project. We seek contributions that value the spirit of resistance and organizing in order to dismantle the colonial project, and that honor the community cultural wealth of all peoples and practitioners dedicated to critical multicultural, ethnic studies education. Also, what can we do to change the curriculum to make it more liberatory?

Go to the ZOOM REGISTRATION LINK where you can choose one of the workshops and one of the dialogue circles. Full schedule is below:

  • 9:00am - Welcome and Land Acknowledgement by Dr. Lilia Chavez and Dr. Marisol Ruiz
  • 9:05am - Welcome by President Dr. David M. Johnson, Merritt College
  • 9:10am - Spoken Word by Aminah Adcock
  • 9:20am - Keynote by Dr. Bettina Love
  • 10:20am - Workshops (breakout rooms)
    • #What's Normal Anyway? Exploring Stories by Restorying: The Power of Narrative: This paper examines the narrative of a first-generation Latina with a younger brother with a developmental disability. Being bicultural and of diverging “ableness,” their challenges in education stem from the same thing - an intersection of their cultural upbringing, identity, ability, and, dare I say… their unique brilliance? #whatisnormalanyway? Facilitated by Denia Bradshaw
    • Teaching Social Issues through Ethnic Studies: This presentation will provide a framework for understanding what Ethnic Studies means in terms of pedagogical processes, and what it can afford educators intent on addressing the logic of deculturalization. We provide concrete curricular examples of YPAR in the context of Ethnic Studies to think through how these courses approach anti-colonialism in the classroom and beyond. Facilitated by Miguel Zavala & Jose Paolo Magcalas
    • Teaching "One Crazy Summer by Rita Willams" to fourth and fifth graders: This presentation will provide frameworks and strategies to teaching about the Black Panthers through the literature book "One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams Garcia.  Facilitated by Dr. Marisol Ruiz (HSU)
    • The Fight for Quality and Accessible Mental Health Services in 9-12: In this presentation we will give personal testimonials on the poor and punitive non existent mental health services we received in the different high schools throughout CA. We will share what we would like to see as an alternative. Facilitated by HSU PromotorX: Chelsea Rios Gomez, Jonni Segura, Milagros Ortega, Anayeli Auza, Angelica Alvarez, Martha Flores
    • Ethnic Studies Collectives: Sources of Truth-Telling, Regeneration, and Solidarity: Learn about the design, delivery, and outcomes of K-12 Ethnic Studies Collectives. With a focus on community building, Ethnic Studies frameworks, pedagogy, and resource sharing, these collectives welcome all educators and inspire hopeful outcomes for district-wide or site-based implementation. Facilitated by Ricardo Medina, Ph.D., Ratha Kelly, Brian Batugo
    • Ethnic Studies: An Anti-Colonial and Abolitionist Project: Using a critical race lens, the educator activists who against the neoliberal discourse that has systematically deconstructed the original draft of California’s framework and are now engaged in the construction of the “Liberated Ethnic Studies Curriculum” will describe how Ethnic Studies challenges colonial ideology, conversely constructing a BIPOC model of abolitionist teaching. Facilitated by Theresa Montaño, Members of The Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Coalition
    • Seeds of Resistance: Ethnic Studies Pedagogy in Elementary Classroom: This session applies an ethnic studies pedagogy across subject matter in the elementary classroom. An ethnic studies framework and examples of ways to develop and practice anti-racist, intersectional justice and community-grounded praxis in K-6 classrooms will be shared. Facilitated by Cathery Yeh, Gloria Gallardo, Nicky Meindl
    • Making Sense of Ethnic Studies Pedagogy in Emergency Virtual Environments: This research investigated how high school ethnic studies teachers made sense of their pedagogy in the context of the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings explore how critical pedagogy was adapted for the virtual realm, and how we might rethink educational priorities to support teaching and learning. Facilitated by Kay Flewelli
    • DACA: actualización y círculo de diálogo: Este taller proporcionará información sobre DACA y consistirá en un círculo de diálogo donde la audiencia puede compartir sus historias. This workshop will provide information about DACA as well as consist of a dialogue circle where the audience can share their stories. Facilitated by HSU PromotorX: Anayeli Auza, Jonni Segura, Keila Moran
    • Empowering Multicultural Students' Learning Through Cognitive Neuroscience and Gestalt Personal Development Principles: Dr. Rivas will share his practical teaching knowledge gained from 45+ years of research, teaching, and community work in empowering diverse students. emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally to be successful in achieving cherished pesonal, academic, and career goals. Facilitated by Dr. Mario Rivas (Merritt College)
    • Healing the Healer and Our Students from Educational Academic Susto: Too often our educational spaces are sites of trauma particularly for students of color. Our formative interactions with teachers and other educational entities can also induce pain both consciously and unconsciously in the everyday process of schooling and further perpetuate systemic racism. Ironically, these same learning contexts can also serve as spaces for hearing. In this session, participants will consider the PUENTE Program as a healing model as we continue to work within students who have been deeply impacted by both personal and global unrest. Using storytelling, cuentos, poetry, and indegenous knowledge as praxis, participants will explore ways to embark on a journey of healing from educational academic susto both for themselves and for their students. Facilitated by Maria Figueroa, Isela Gonzalez Santana
  • 11:10am - Keynote by Dr. Dulcinea Lara
  • 12:00pm - Dialogue Circles (breakout rooms)
    • Creating diverse and inclusive curriculum: Thinking of the institution of schooling as a Repressive State Apparatus reveals the homogeneous nature of the curriculum, alienating and manipulating alternative experiences to further advance colonial perspective. This session will take the shape of a dialogue circle, in which we will engage in discourse regarding the whitewashing of the American curriculum. Facilitated by PromotorX: Elijah Moore, Veronica Perez, Syd Lyons, Josie Licavoli, and Jaycob Warren
    • Alternative learning in K-12 to Higher Education: Understanding the Struggles, Triumphs, and Setbacks of conventional learning: This Dialogue circle will focus on alternative educational model such as project based learning and how it was implemented in higher education. Are there other models that working better for college students? Facilitated by PromotorX: Georgina Rose Ruiz, Aiszellyn Alvarez, Elizabeth Owens, Gregorio Yarasca, Mia Page
    • Ethnic Studies grades K-2: This Dialogue Circle is a space where educators K-2 and community members will be invited to share their questions, how we center BIPOC voices, what tensions exist and what strategies reflect effective and successful implementation of authentic Ethnic Studies. Facilitated by Ruchi Rangnath
    • Ethnic Studies grades 3-6: This Dialogue Circle is a space where educators 3-6 and community members will be invited to share their questions, how we center BIPOC voices, what tensions exist and what strategies reflect effective and successful implementation of authentic Ethnic Studies. Facilitated by Tricia Gallagher, Susan Warren
    • Ethnic Studies grades 7-12: This Dialogue Circle is a space where educators 7-12 and community members will be invited to share their questions, how we center BIPOC voices, what tensions exist and what strategies reflect effective and successful implementation of authentic Ethnic Studies. Facilitated by Bryan Bowens, Marisol Ruiz
  • 12:50pm - Closing by Dr. Lilia Chavez and Dr. Marisol Ruiz
Leadership in Uncertain Times Speaker Series
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Youth Educational Services (YES) and the Center for Community Based Learning present the Leadership in Uncertain Times Speaker Series:

April 5th, 5-6:30pm: Kevin Malone will speak about True North Organizing Network, an organization that supports families, elders, and youth of diverse faith traditions, races, cultures, and economic capacities—using the power of relationships and a disciplined community organizing model—to courageously challenge social, economic and environmental injustice in our region.

April 19th, 5-6:30pm: Karen Young (HSU class of 1990 and YES Alumna) will return to share more about her community building pathway from HSU to Boston. Loren Collins, Career Advisor for ACAC, will provide a short resume building clinic for student volunteers and leaders.

Learn more and register to attend at

Project Rebound Presents Reentry Forum: Let's Talk about Mass Incarceration
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Join HSU's Project Rebound and the Formerly Incarcerated Students Club for the 2nd Annual Reentry Forum: Let's Talk About Mass Incarceration (flyer) during the month of March.  In partnership with Sacramento State Project Rebound, The Yurok Tribe, and West Side Community Improvement Association, Root and Rebound: Reentry Advocates will be available with free legal advocacy for Humboldt, Sacramento, Lake, Del Norte, Mendocino and San Joaquin County residents.

Watch the highlight video (~7min) at Reentry Forum: Let's Talk about Mass Incarceration 2021 and click on a link below for a recording of an event, where applicable:

For more information, see the Project Rebound webpage, the Formerly Incarcerated Students Facebook page, and their Instagrams (FISC, Project Rebound)

GRE & GWPE Workshops Available
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Attend these free workshops offered by the Learning Center to help you prepare for the Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE) and the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Register at the following links:

GWPE (If you can't attend either workshop, you can come to the Writing Studio for help preparing for the exam. Make an appointment online at Zoom or email consultations available. The workshop is free for HSU students.)

GRE (This is a 3-part series, students will need to register separately for each session they would like to attend.)

Contact the wonderful people at the Learning Center for help on these workshops and more!

Food Sovereignty Film Series
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HSU's Native American Studies Food Sovereignty Lab and Cultura Workspace presents 3 free films as part of their free Food Sovereignty Film Series:

  • March 5: Good Meat - Once a star athlete in his community, Beau LeBeau (Oglala Lakota) now weighs 333 pounds - an unhealthy weight which has triggered the onset of Type II Diabetes. His mother's untimely death from complications due to diabetes motivates him to drop the excessive pounds. Enlisting the help of a physician and nutritionist, Beau starts exercising and takes up a traditional Lakota diet of buffalo meat and other Native foods. (56 minutes)
  • April 2: Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit - Roxanne Swentzell from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico whose efforts to reclaim ancient foodways, are echoed across the continent by Tlingit, Muckleshoot, Oglala Sioux, Menominee, and Seneca women. At its heart, this film is about empowering people to overcome their current circumstances through eating as their ancestors did - nutritiously and locally. Return offers an approach to confronting the diabetes epidemic now rampant in Native American communities. (28 minutes)
  • May 7: Gather - In traditional times, food in Indigenous North American communities was only as far away as the forest, plains, desert, sea, or garden in the village. Modern ways of life and challenges have taken us away or - in some cases - barred us from our food sources. But we, as Indigenous people, continue to return to our places of origin, including our food. Gather is that path, the story of the rebuilding of those food systems. Gather is an intimate portrait tracing the intentional destruction of Native American foodways and our renaissance and resilience, our inherent right, to reclaim it. (1 hour, 24 minutes)

Zoom opens at 5:30pm, films begin at 6pm. Register at

For more information, contact

Learn more about the Lab at  See recordings of past speakers at

Feedback needed for Librarian Brianne Hagen
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The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the periodic evaluation of tenure-track Discovery & Metadata Services Librarian Brianne Hagen.

If you have experience working with Bri, we welcome your feedback.

Your comments should be address to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and sent via an HSU email to

The deadline is noon on Monday, February 15th, 2021.

Thank you!

Let's Talk about the Middle East Returns!
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Leena Dallasheh, Associate Professor in HSU's History Department, continues with Let's Talk about the Middle East film series and discussions beginning Friday, Feb. 4th at 5pm.

See the flyer for more information and register at the links below to receive the Zoom link to attend.

You can also check out their Facebook page for the most current information.

Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution

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Join us for the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, January 30th, 2021 from 3-4:30pm. ADPIC will provide a Bento Box meal for the first 100 HSU students who register for this event. Bento Boxes will be prepared by Obento (see more information below).

This is a multi-faceted streamed event and facilitated discussion including a condensed version of Swingposium on the Road featuring San Jose Taiko and the music of the Humboldt State University Jazz Orchestra.

Presented by Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI, formerly Taiko Swing Humboldt) and co-sponsored by ADPIC (Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective, HSU), the Humboldt State University Library, and the Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department.

Performances by San Jose Taiko, and Gary Ronne of Humboldt Taiko.

Bento Boxes will be provided to the first 100 currently enrolled HSU students (staying in the local area on 1/30) who register for the event by January 22nd. Students should select their entree (see choices on Zoom Registration form) and pick-up location (HSU campus, Arcata, or Eureka, between 11am - 2pm on Saturday, January 30th, 2021). Please contact with questions, or for more information.

Facilitated by Christina Hsu Accomando, Ph.D., Department of English, and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies (CRGS) and Michihiro C. Sugata, Ph.D, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Justice Studies at Humboldt State University.

Zoom Registration

Atkinson Family Library Scholar Internships on Tourism & Travel

Are you interested in the tourism and travel industry? Apply to be an Atkinson Family Library Scholar Intern!

HSU Library is seeking two Library Scholar Interns to work as a team on a Tourism & Travel Project that runs from February to May 20, 2021. This paid internship provides a stipend of $500 upon the completion of the internship project, consisting of:

  • Developing an exhibit May 5-11 and an event for National Tourism Day on May 7.
  • Performing research and gathering information and data about tourism and travel for Humboldt County.
  • Developing a resource guide.

Team roles and duties will be tailored to the talents and interests of the interns.

In addition to developing a resource guide, the Library Scholars will:

  • Maintain an internship log, including experiences and challenges that they encountered over the course of their project. Meet together at least one hour each week.
  • Perform research and interviews to gather resources, develop a resource guide and suggested resources on tourism and travel, eco- and edu- tourism, and other related resources.
  • Gather information from a variety of sources - web pages, news sources, interviews, etc, - to understand the tourism and travel interests at HSU and in the region.
  • Evaluate existing travel apps and how Humboldt County is represented.
  • Write a brief reflection of the internship.

HSU students will work individually and as a team to gain hands-on experience researching, evaluating resources, and developing a resource guide of recommended readings for tourism and travel.

For more information or to apply, please send a brief resume, availability schedule, and brief cover letter expressing your interest for this unique opportunity to Cyril Oberlander, Dean of HSU Library at by Friday, January 29, 2021.

Finals Week De-Stressing Resources

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As we enter Finals Week, you may be looking for ways to de-stress before, during and after. The following list is a partial compilation of library, campus, and external resources to help you unwind.
Good luck with your finals!

Library Resources

  • Brain Booth - The Library Brain Booth is an informal, experiential space to learn about the mind body connection, reduce stress and optimize learning.
  • Makerspace - A space dedicated to making, the Makerspace offers online resources on topics including getting started with knitting and crochet.
  • Kanopy Streaming Video - Stream films and documentaries for free. Use your HSU username and password to access.
  • Naxos Music Library - Stream individual songs and entire albums from genres including classical, jazz, opera, and more. Use your HSU username and password to access.

Campus Resources

External Resources

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Wrapping up the Seismic Retrofit - Installing Sprinklers

The Library Seismic Retrofit is in the final stretch. The outside is done but there are a few more tasks to take care of inside including abatement and the addition of sprinkler systems and LED lights. Taking advantage of the building closure this spring, sprinklers will be added to the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd floors, and new LED lights will help to make the Library a brighter and more sustainable learning environment. Access Services (temporarily relocated in the ground floor Library 25) will continue to ship laptops, lab kits, and other resources to students during spring semester. Due to the abatement work, the Library’s print books, CDs, DVDs, and most periodicals will be unavailable between December 15 through approximately the end of February.

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In January 2021, the Library will become a member of the HathiTrust. This service will provide ebook access to approximately 80% of the print books in our collection. Links to HathiTrust will be added to our library catalog, and we will provide SkillShops on the latest great resources available to you for spring semester. Additionally, we plan to continue to borrow books from other libraries and send them to you, subject to the available operations at the other libraries during the pandemic.

We are looking forward to our grand reopening of the HSU Library in the Fall of 2021 when we will be able to show you all the wonderful changes that have been made to improve the spaces and services.

Other news about HSU Library:

  • We recently added 27 more etextbooks to the list of ebooks HSU Library subscribes to so students don’t have to purchase these textbooks. Check out our catalog to see if your textbook is free online @HSULibrary.
  • By late December, a new book return box will be installed at the Library Circle since the book return at the main entrance will be closed during the sprinkler project. If you need to return items in other ways, please contact us. Equipment checked out to current and spring students will be automatically renewed and due May 28, 2021.

Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions, or need assistance. Find ways to contact us at or telephone 707-826-3431.

We wish everyone a wonderful new year and good health!

Cyril Oberlander Dean,
University Library

It's the Final Stretch

The Learning Center is offering a Final Stretch calendar full of events including Guided Review sessions, tutoring, Writing Studio hours, and drop-in Study Week Planning sessions with the academic peer coaches.

Check them out to get help so you can finish strong!

De-Stress with!

Join us Thursday, December 12th at 5pm for a pre-finals de-stress and have fun in a game of drawing and guessing what the word is. The game ( works best on a computer browser (you can play on a browser on your phone, but it's not formatted to fit the screen). During this session, you will also hear some tips from a librarian about where to get help for research, if you still need support, plus some other information that you might find useful while you finish your final assignments.

Help Build the Library!
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Join HSU's PC Gaming Club in creating the campus and library in the world of Minecraft!  Started by Wildlife senior Sarah Kanga Livingstone (who helped bring the flight simulator to the Library) and supported by Enrollment Management and IT, this interactive world is open to the HSU community and beyond.

Want to learn more and help build? Read about the project and follow the links at Minecraft: Humboldt State Edition.

Help the Library Diversify the Collection

The Library was fortunate to receive ODEI grant funding this year to develop "a program of acquisitions that will enhance the Library’s collection of contemporary scholarship and creative works related to diversity, equity, and inclusion."  In the spirit of inclusion, we seek participation from across campus and welcome your recommendations for titles to purchase. Submit recommendations for books and videos through this Google form. Selections will be finalized in January and we will showcase the materials throughout the spring. Thank you for helping to create a more inclusive and diverse library.

Pet Parade - 12/4 @ 1pm

This is the time of year when the therapy dogs come to visit but since we're all virtual, we are inviting EVERYONE to share their pets online.

Show off your pet or a photo of a loved animal on Friday, December 4th at 1pm. No pet, no problem - join us anyway as we use this time to destress together!

Other helpful campus resources:

Thank you Jerry & Gisela Rohde!

Jerry and Gisela Rohde have generously donated to create the Rohde Library Scholar Internship, supporting paid internships for HSU students working with HSU Press and Special Collections. The Rohdes will work with student interns interested in publishing or researching local history collections, giving interns hands-on learning experiences in those areas.

For more information on how you can sponsor an intern or donate to the HSU Library, see Giving to the Library.