SAN DIEGO, California -- The Pride Center at San Diego State University (SDSU) will host the school’s 7th annual Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony on Thursday, July 17 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Since 2008, a rainbow flag has been raised on SDSU’s main flagpole along Campanile Walkway for one day each July in celebration of San Diego LGBT Pride month and the diversity that exists on the large campus.
The event, which began after the urging of two SDSU staff members who were met with some resistance by administrators in the first year, has now become a respected campus tradition with the full support of the university.
SDSU opened the Pride Center in January of this year, and that office will coordinate this year’s ceremony.
The entire community is welcome to this year’s ceremony, with numerous campus officials, students, staff, and alumni expected to attend.
“The intent of this event is to bring people together and educate individuals about the value of difference,” said Aaron Bruce, SDSU’s chief diversity officer. “Diversity and inclusion are part of the core values of our university and this event supports the identities of our diverse students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families.”