Smith/Carlos Legacy Event: “Social Action: It is in Our DNA”

October 16th, 1968 is the day that Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in Mexico City for racial justice, human rights, and the end to poverty.  On this 50th anniversary of their action, come hear from SJSU faculty, staff, and alumnae about Tommie and John’s historic action, as well as the long history of social justice at San Jose State University, which includes the creation of Chicano Commencement, the establishment (and re-establishment) of EOP, and the successful campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Jose.

Speakers include:

  • Rigo 23, California artist that designed and built the Tommie Smith and John Carlos Statues
  • Dr. Julia Curry, SJSU, Department of Mexican American Studies
  • Marina Corrales, SJSU class of 2010 (Master’s Degree, Applied Anthropology), and who worked to re-establish the EOP; currently SJSU EOP Academic Advisor
  • Diana Pondivilla Victa, SJSU ’10, former student leader of Students for EOP; currently Department Manager, SJSU Cesar Chavez Community Action Center
  • Leila McCabe, SJSU ’12, one of the founders of the SJ minimum wage campaign
  • Elisha St. Laurent, SJSU ’12, and former student leader that helped win the SJ minimum wage campaign

The event is sponsored by the Cesar Chavez Community Action Center, College of Social Science, Human Rights Collaborative, Institute for Study of Sport, Society and Social Change.  Please contact Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton at if you have any questions. Also, click here to see the booklet “Social Action: It is in Our DNA” about SJSU and its social action legacy:

Born Out Of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation and the Politics of Interruption A conversation with David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago

WHEN: Thursday, April 6 @ 4 pm
WHERE: SJSU, Sweeney Hall 331

David Stovall, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates four areas: 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) concepts of social justice in education, 3) the relationship between housing and education, and 4) the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curricula that address issues of social justice.

Born Out of Struggle offers important lessons about school creation from the ground up. While the story of a 19-day hunger strike serves as the backdrop of the discussion, the focus of this talk will be on concrete examples of the challenges and contradictions of keeping young people, families, and community members central to community control of education. The discussion to follow will explore the relevance of these lessons for students, community, and families, as well as educational leaders & classroom teachers of all subjects & grade levels.

Sponsored by the College of Education and Mexican American Studies

2017 Leon Panetta Lecture Series: The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration

The second lecture, The Economy—Trade, Jobs, Taxes and Immigration, will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017 and will feature Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005) and candidate for president (2016); and Robert Reich, economic analyst, author and U.S. secretary of labor (1993-1997).  Leon Panetta, chairman of the Panetta Institute, former secretary of defense and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will moderate the discussion.

Student Program: Through the generosity of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, the Institute is providing SJSU scholarships for at least 20 students to attend each of the lectures in this series.

These afternoon student programs will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m. at the Sunset Cultural Center in Carmel. At 12:45 p.m., Panetta Institute professors will facilitate an academic exercise focusing on the lecture topic until 2:15 p.m.  This session informs students about the issues to be discussed and encourages them to develop questions and comments for interactive dialogue with the speakers.  After a fifteen-minute break, the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m., with the guest speakers and Secretary Panetta presenting a discussion amongst themselves.  During the second half they will answer the students’ questions.  The program will end at 4:30 p.m. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the event.

Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to Mariela Acevedo!

Mariela Acevedo, a second-year graduate student in our Clinical Program, was recently awarded a scholarship through the California MFT Stipend Program.

The California MFT Stipend Program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act and administered bu the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities of California.



South University Neighborhood Community Conversation & Open House


Saturday, November 21, 2015
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Drop in whenever you’re available!

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
405 S. 10th Street, San José
(Parking entrance on 10th St.)

Join the Conversation!

Come meet your neighbor and discuss the future of SUN
Food and children’s activities will be provided!
Hosted by SJSU Graduate Urban Planning Students

For more information, contact Galadriel Burr at or (408) 794-6759