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Michael Sasaki poses with a young male actor holding a clapperboard.

Michael Sasaki ’05 Wins Best Short Film at Málaga Film Festival

May 02, 2022

Shortly after his mother died, Michael Sasaki ’05 received a package from Japan. He opened the box, removed his mother’s kimono, put it on, picked up her Japanese hand fan, and began dancing. “My

Mark Okuda, winner of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, poses with his Ikeda Scholarship in front of Peace Lake and Founders Hall

Mark Okuda '24 Wins Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

Apr 22, 2022

Second-year SUA student Mark Okuda was one of 16 leaders from US colleges and universities named a 2022 Frederick Douglass Global Fellow. Co-sponsored by the government of Ireland and the Council on

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Soka University of America Opens Campus Grounds to Public

Apr 05, 2022

Soka University is open to the public again. Beginning April 4, visitors from the community could again enjoy Soka’s 103-acre campus perched above Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The one-mile

Simon Mainwaring holds a microphone and stands on stage in the Black Box Theatre on Soka's campus where he speaks to an audience about Rewiring Capitalism. There is a screen behind projecting some of his presentation points.

The Renaissance Begins: A Critical Conversation with Simon Mainwaring

Apr 04, 2022

To anyone feeling hopeless about the many crises facing humanity, brand futurist and author Simon Mainwaring believes that taking intentional, collective action is the antidote. In “Rewiring

Two women smile at the camera as they sit at a table with menstrual products

Impactathon: Inspiring Social Change Through Sustainable Business Models

Mar 30, 2022

As a young woman growing up in Nepal, Aakriti Adhikari ‘22 had a vague idea of her own biology. With no one around her willing to explain what the word “menstruation” meant, she was in for a

A crowd listens to panelists engaged in discussion during the Black history month event in the Student Affairs lobby

Black History Month Panel Honors Black Identity, Vitality, and Voices at Soka

Mar 25, 2022

A montage of 19 photographs of Black faculty and staff accompanied by the caption, “We Are Here,” opened SUA’s second annual Black History Month panel discussion on February 25. The program continued

Professor Hortense J. Spillers gestures with her hand as she speaks into a microphone

Transformative Scholarship Beyond the Ivory Tower: A Conversation with Dr. Hortense J. Spillers

Mar 21, 2022

In her 1987 essay, “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book,” Hortense J. Spillers, distinguished visiting professor of literature at SUA, dismantled prevailing ideas about gender and

Andrew Young

Ambassador Andrew Young to Receive 2022 Soka Global Citizen Award

Mar 16, 2022

Soka University of America has named former US Ambassador Andrew Young recipient of the 2022 Soka Global Citizen Award in recognition of his numerous achievements as a transformational leader in the

Headshot of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, Keynote Speaker at the 2022 commencement ceremony.

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Announced as SUA’s 2022 Commencement Speaker

Mar 11, 2022

Soka University of America announced Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi as keynote speaker of the 2022 commencement ceremony. The ceremony, which will be SUA’s first in-person commencement since

Men holding certificate of recognition in SUA Founders Hall

Aliso Viejo Recognizes SUA as a “Trusted Partner” of the City

Feb 28, 2022

The City of Aliso Viejo has recognized Soka University of America as a “Trusted Partner” supporting the city, which was founded in July 2001, months before SUA’s first undergraduate students moved