Community Creator

CSUSM Arts and Technology Professor Kristine Diekman recently received the Wang Family Excellence Award, which recognizes four CSU faculty members and one staff member for their outstanding contributions and achievements. The faculty awards are given in four different discipline groups: education and professional applied sciences; natural sciences, mathematical and computer science, and engineering; social and behavioral sciences and public service; and visual and performing arts and letters.

As a professional artist, Diekman dedicates herself to large-scale film and video projects that serve the public. Her current project, Run Dry, is an eBook that shares the stories of Central Valley families living without water. Diekman also founded Video in the Community, which mobilizes students, faculty members, and community members to create media serving nonprofit organizations.

“Kristine is an internationally known video and new media artist whose experimental videos, documentary films, and new media installations are interview-based and give voice to populations and individuals whose life experiences might not otherwise be heard,” explained CSUSM President Karen Haynes. “Her works cover such crucial social issues as gang prevention, reproductive health, and intergenerational communication.”

Diekman was quick to share the credit for the accolades. “This award is not just something that I have earned, but something that every student and every community member who has taken part in media projects has also earned,” she said. “It is recognition of the work that we have done as a community at CSUSM, a reflection of the support the faculty and the staff have provided for so many years, and the importance of social engagement and inclusion at our university.”