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Dear Soka community and friends, 
The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here—I am thrilled to welcome you back to Aliso Viejo. Last month after much COVID-19 prevention planning and preparations, we welcomed the Class of 2025 to campus for their Core 1 block. During that time, meeting with the new students to hear about their journey to SUA, I was once again reminded of the great diversity of our community, with students from every corner of the US and the globe.
We also welcomed our second-year students with a mini-orientation and welcome reception. It was their first time on campus as well, since their first year was done virtually. Then, at the beginning of this month, we were finally able to welcome back our third- and fourth-year students. These smooth returns, successful orientations, and enriching Core sessions give me confidence that as a community we will rise to the challenge of safely conducting in-person education this Fall.  
As classes begin, I am reminded of the reaction when, during the first year of SUA’s undergraduate program 20 years ago, the September 11 terrorist attacks devastated our nation. The students organized a candlelight vigil at Peace Lake in an earnest response to the attacks. Determined to bring hope during a time of fear and powerlessness, they invited the local Aliso Viejo community. It was a powerful moment, and in a sense deeply ingrained the students’ belief in the SUA mission and an understanding of the necessity to rise up as global citizens for the future of humanity. In an essay, “The Mission of SUA,” our university founder Daisaku Ikeda shared the following about the vigil:
The terrorist attacks had demolished people’s faith in their fellow human beings, and feelings of powerlessness and hatred began to fill their hearts like a dark cloud. Then a student stood up and, with a determined expression, declared: “I believe that there will be peace as long as we don’t give up!” These courageous words bravely spoken by a young person sincerely dedicated to peace struck home in the hearts of many of those present.
I believe the need to harness and spread wisdom, courage, and compassion as global citizens remains as important today as it was then. 
I would like to thank our precious donors and supporters for your continued belief in our mission and support for our students entering society as global leaders working for the sake of humanity and peace. To the entire SUA community, thank you for all your efforts and let’s continue to be vigilant so that we can have a safe and meaningful semester.

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Ed Feasel
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Celebrating the Class of 2025
The 140 newest members of the SUA community—our largest class ever—were welcomed to campus with an afternoon of inspiring messages from administrators and students, including congratulations and a call to action from SUA founder Daisaku Ikeda. Read
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Biologist Is SUA’s First National Science Foundation Grantee
Marie Nydam, assistant professor of biology, has received a research grant from the National Science Foundation—a SUA first. A marine evolutionary geneticist, Prof. Nydam will use the award to expand knowledge of marine invertebrate ascidians, commonly known as sea squirts. Read
"We are all striving to achieve an age of the sanctity of life, an age of lasting peace, and an age where all people can shine. A fresh and triumphant breeze of victory—a breeze of youth, of women and of dialogue—is now beginning to blow, paving the way to that hope-filled future."
— Daisaku Ikeda, The Light of Century of Humanity, March 15, 2007
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Educators From Around the World Meet to Share Ideas
More than 300 people from 20 countries gathered virtually to brainstorm solutions to address the many challenges facing educators worldwide at the second World Summit of Educators conference sponsored by SUA. Read
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Michael Weiner’s New Book and More Faculty Research News
Announcing the publication of the Routledge Handbook of Race and Ethnicity in Asia, edited by Michael Weiner, vice president for academic affairs and professor of East Asian History and International Studies, and more notable scholarship from SUA faculty. Read
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The 17th Annual Peace Gala: Celebrating a Vision of Peace
SAT | OCT 9, 2021
In-Person or Virtual
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Honoring Our 2021 Scholarship Recipients
Announcing this year’s recipients of SUA’s top academic honors: the Ikeda Scholarship, the John D. Montgomery scholarship, Soka Merit Award, and Academic Excellence Award. Read
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US News & World Report Awards SUA
High Ranking in Liberal Arts
SUA continues to be highly ranked among liberal arts institutions for the quality of its education, value, and diversity. Read