DIGLA Sponsors U100 Students to Attend Rock Concert at VPAC

December 4, 2014

On Saturday, November 8, DIG LA, a Cal State Northridge program committed to promoting cultural diversity in the CSUN community, provided funding for nearly 300 University 100 students to attend a Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos rock concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center.

DIG LA, or Discover, Inquire, & Grow in Los Angeles, is an educational resource at CSUN that encourages student learning outside the classroom. The mission of the program is to build a culturally diverse community with appreciation understanding for other cultures. In the past few years, DIGLA has sponsored student trips to concerts, museums, and performances such as Wicked.  

Lisa Riccomini who serves as the Discipline-Based Freshman Connection Coordinator for the Building Connection for Success Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, shared how the event is made possible by director of DIGLA, Christopher Aston.

“Christopher Aston has played an integral role in our relationship with DIGLA. He has made significant DIGLA funds available to support about 300 U100 students to attend an event each fall at the VPAC for the last five years.’ Riccomini said.

Building Connections For Success students mingled outside the VPAC prior to show time, laughing as they posed for fun photos with their U100 classmates. Both BCFS students and faculty listened to the electric guitar solos and Rock N’ Roll sound of the award winning, American Chicano Rock bands, all thanks to the support of DIGLA.

Each semester, U100 students are asked to attend a cultural event as an assignment, and this way they participate as a group. After growing close bonds during the semester, it is an exciting event that allows BCFS students and faculty to bond even more.

Riccomini said, “DIGLA is amazing! Students have the opportunity to go together and visit our beautiful VPAC, see a show and connect that experience to the U100 cultural event assignment. Students get a huge boost of culture and CSUN pride!”

Riccomini feels it is important for the U100 classes to share experiences in order to build relationships and a support network.

“The students feel like they are valued and have something to contribute when they spend so much time together. They have multiple shared experiences: working in two classes with two professors; working with mentors and completing mentor activities; and participating in events like DIGLA’s sponsored VPAC opportunities,” she said.