Our Pride

Colleagues,

Pride Month is held in June in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, when patrons of the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New York fought back against police harassment. For us, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the nuanced diversity of our community, especially here in the Bay Area where we have a rich history of LGBTQIA+ civil rights activism.

We are constantly making conscious efforts to keep SJSU IT an inclusive, welcoming place for everyone to work. During Pride Month, there is a wealth of community resources in our local area. Silicon Valley Pride (@svpride) holds numerous events throughout the month, many just a few blocks off-campus. We also encourage you to look into organizations that support LGBTQIA+ equality efforts in the technology industry. Here’s a Pride.com article highlighting tech-leaning groups like Out in Tech and Lesbians Who Tech.

And of course, our SJSU Pride Center does excellent work throughout the academic year giving our students a safe space, activism opportunities, and hosting events. If you haven’t been there, we encourage you to stop in and say hello. They’re always happy to share information and let you know what you can do to be active or be an ally at our university.

 

Best Regards,

The SJSU IT Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Bob Lim

Maggie Panahi

Ryan Campbell

Cindy Scher-Hereth

Matthew Loo

Tino Cruz

Kara Li

Norma Brown

Willie Simon

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