Welcome to AIS 2020!

Sonoma State University, a proud member of the 23-campus California State University System, invites you to the 42nd Annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference to be held November 4-7, 2020. Located in the heart of wine country north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is the North Bay’s comprehensive university, and we welcome you to explore a future in which interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and integrative approaches address tough challenges of sustainability and resiliency in a changing world:

  • How do we prepare people and their urban and rural environments to be resilient in the face of natural disasters, climate change, and global migration, and how do we promote community-university partnerships that make us all stewards of place?
  • How do we help our increasingly diverse university communities adapt and be responsive to changes in society, culture, and the economy, as well as to new teaching and learning environments?
  • How do we measure progress towards social justice, equity, and inclusion in universities and communities and develop workable strategies for moving beyond rhetoric to real, measurable change?

Our location offers AIS conference attendees an opportunity to investigate complex issues in the real world, where natural beauty and wealth exist side-by-side with questions related to educational equity and affordable housing. Sonoma State University is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution and has a special responsibility as an inclusive, equity-minded learning environment. The University is also steward of place in northern California, illuminated by our role in responding to the natural disasters that represent the "new normal" in this region and around and the globe.

The natural beauty of Sonoma County is evident in the fall, when grape harvesting happens and the grape leaves turn orange, red, and yellow. Sonoma State’s campus in Rohnert Park is within a few miles of many famous wineries in both Sonoma and Napa Counties. We invite you to visit our exceptional regional and state parks or the Pacific Ocean, only a 40-minute drive from campus.

Join us in finding out how the future is interdisciplinary!

Dr. Karen Moranski, Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Programs

Dr. Jennifer Lillig, Professor of Chemistry, Sonoma State University