SDSU has always played an important role in the history of San Diego but last week’s appearance by the Dalai Lama had to be one of our high-points.
As a community, SDSU has had the opportunity to host some incredible people. Israeli president and former prime minister Shimon Peres spoke at retired SDSU president Stephen L. Weber’s inauguration the summer of 1997, the semester I started as a freshman. In 2008, I was on hand when Hillary Clinton addressed students, faculty and staff as part of a campaign visit to San Diego. And long before I was around, SDSU had the honor of hosting Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy (on separate occasions).
Some of the biggest moments in the history of this city have weaved through the SDSU campus. So to be in Viejas Arena when His Holiness the Dalai Lama inspired a crowd of more than 12,000 to embrace positivity and encourage San Diego to become America’s ‘most compassionate city,’ that was a special privilege.
But to hear him speak of the importance of being a good mother–when I myself just became a mom for the first time last year—well, that is something that will live with me forever.