Past, Present & Future: SSU since 1980
After gaining official university status in 1978, Sonoma State saw its campus and student population continue to grow through the eighties and nineties. Activist sentiment and national social movements, such as AIDS awareness, the South African apartheid struggle, and the immigration debate, continued to play an important role in campus life. In addition, increasing environmental awareness manifested in student projects on sustainable agriculture and energy.
In more recent years, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the effects of a major global recession have led to a resurgence of student activism. Students at Sonoma State continue to make their voices heard through invited speakers, artistic expression, teach-ins, and rallies.