About Us

Created out of student activism in 2003, the Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR) has served as the cross-cultural center for historically marginalized students at SDSU. The CIR supports the academic, personal, and professional success of students through multicultural programming, academic advising and support, and wellness programming.

By eliminating barriers to student success the CIR is designed to decrease retention and graduation equity gaps for historically underrepresented and marginalized students. The CIR fosters an environment where students’ cultural strengths and counter narratives are validated and celebrated. Our values are: academic and professional empowerment, identity development, cultural wealth, intersectionality, and community wellness.

  1. Support students’ academic, personal, and professional success.
  2. Cultivate students’ growth, self-discovery, and self-efficacy skills through academic coaching.
  3. Remove barriers to student success by identifying and supporting students’ basic needs.
  4. Promote health and wellness as a vital part of student success.
  5. Foster students’ sense of belonging to the Center and the campus community.

Academic and Professional Empowerment: The Center supports students in developing a clear vision of their personal goals and degree path. We empower students to define what success means for themselves and support their attainment of these academic, personal, and professional goals.

Identity development: We prioritize the ongoing exploration, education, and research of marginalized social identities and the intersections of various identities.

Cultural Wealth: Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth model represents a framework to understand how students of color access and experience college from a strengths-based perspective. Yosso defines six forms of cultural capital: aspirational, linguistic, familial, social, navigational, and resistance. The Center seeks to support students in understanding the cultural capital (talents, strengths, and experiences) they bring into their college environment as defined in Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth model.

Intersectionality: As a multicultural center, we intentionally want to bring various intersections of identity together in order to critically examine, dialogue, and heal multiply marginalized identities through programming and support.

Community Wellness: We believe that mental health and wellbeing are an inherent part of student success. We promote a culture of wellness and balance by providing spaces for students to engage in community and self-care.

Meet Our Staff

CIR Director Paige

Paige (she/hers) is the Director of the Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR), which has served as a cross-cultural space for SDSU students since 2003. Paige received a Bachelors's degree in Anthropology and Geography from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Masters's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from SDSU. She has worked at SDSU for over six years with academic and retention initiatives within the Division of Diversity and Innovation, Black Resource Center, CIR, and CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology. Paige is passionate about advocating for the needs of historically underrepresented students and helping them navigate higher education spaces.

CIR Coordinator Ikram

Ikram Aweys is an SDSU alumna, having earned her Bachelor’s in Child and Family Development and recently earned her Masters in Science in Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling. Ikram is passionate about providing holistic support to students and guiding them through the educational system to support their success. She has extensive experience supporting and empowering students and families.  Much of her experience has been supporting marginalized & underserved students in the educational setting, specifically in K-12 schools. In these roles, Ikram was a mentor, advocate, and ally for students. She believes all students have the capacity to reach their highest potential through support and access to opportunities.

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