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Every semester, we plan a social or two to celebrate our achievements and work in the lab. This time is an opportunity for us to strengthen our friendship with one another and we find that it creates a strongly supportive and inclusive environment to work in.

Post-SRS Lab Celebration (March 2020)

Post-SRS Lab Celebration

Fall 2019 Friendsgiving

Fall 2019 Lab Potluck and Team Building Activity

Spring 2019 Lab Social at CREAM

Campus Tour and Lunch with International Guests

In November of 2017, the BDC lab hosted Dr. Sharynne McLeod and PhD Student Ben Pham from Charles Sturt University of Australia. With such a beautiful campus here at San Diego State, we thought we would give our international guests a historical tour of the prominent buildings. We started at the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences building and moved towards the Malcolm A. Love Library, the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, Hepner Hall, the Turtle Pond, and lastly, our 100 Years, 100 Stones Monument. With so much to be proud of as Aztecs, we knew that McLeod and Pham would feel our pride as we spoke about the school.

Afterwards, the BDC lab ate lunch at Eureka, the new restaurant in the South Campus building. It was a beautiful day so we were able to sit outside to enjoy what truly makes San Diego spectacular – our consistently great weather, even in November! During our meal, it was quite humorous to hear what our Australian guests thought about the food. While sharing plates of fried mac and cheese balls, lollipop corn dogs, fried chicken sliders, crispy glazed brussels sprouts, and more, they simply stated that this meal was “very American!” at which we all laughed because of how true that statement was. Being able to sit down and eat together allowed for an open and casual dialogue between everyone. It was a fantastic way to get to know our guests beyond their work.

It was an honor for the BDC Lab to host these distinguished guests in San Diego, and we are grateful for the joyful memories.