San Diego State University is installing a $250,000 “healing garden” to ease tensions caused by the university’s “Aztec” mascot.
According to a report by The College Fix, San Diego State University has begun installing a $250,000 “healing garden” that is meant to serve as an apology to students and faculty members that are offended by the university’s “Aztec” mascot.
San Diego State University announced the garden in a press release that was published at the end of last year. The press released claimed that the expensive garden with “mentally, physically, and emotionally” heal members of the university community.
Aztec Education Committee members have also consulted architects to help design a healing garden near the Communications Building. To be sewn with the seeds of native plants used for medicinal and wellness purposes, it is envisioned as a spot where the curative practices of indigenous peoples may be shared and where SDSU community members may come and “heal” mentally, physically and emotionally in a beautiful space.
Nearby, a mural is proposed depicting natural settings or scenes of the lives of indigenous peoples and their healing practices. Faculty members Paula DeVos, professor of history, and Eva Struble, professor of art, are collaborating on courses through the SDSU Arts Alive! Project. Students enrolled in their courses would learn of these practices and cultural ideas and will then design a representative mural.