Three ethnically diverse female grads at commencement.

Diversity Awards to Honor Individuals Fostering a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive Campus

Three ethnically diverse female grads at commencement.

SJSU seeks to celebrate students, faculty and staff who have contributed to campus diversity.

The Campus Climate Committee and the Office of the President kindly request nominations for the first annual Arthur Dunklin Diversity Awards. Students, staff, faculty members and administrator are eligible for the awards.

Please submit nominations online or via campus mail to the Office of the President (One Washington Square, San Jose, CA, 95192-0002) by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

Nominations are to be accompanied by a statement, up to 1,000 words, describing the accomplishments of the nominee as appropriate to the awards criteria below. Nominations may come from any source, including self-nominations.

Overall, the Campus Climate Committee’s role is to coordinate activities that reflect the university’s commitment to creating a diverse community guided by core values of inclusion, civility, and respect for each individual, and to make recommendations to improve the recruitment and hiring of a diverse faculty and staff. The committee has surveyed the entire campus community to access concerns and has conducted focus groups to get a clear picture of student, faculty, and staff campus climate experiences at SJSU.

At each step along the way, we have gained significant insight that has led us to work for solutions to make San Jose State University a safe and enjoyable place to work and study. As addressed in the Diversity Master Plan, the committee wishes to recognize the ongoing work of members of the campus community who have devoted their energies to the goals of diversifying our campus and inclusive excellence and who have made noteworthy contributions to make San Jose State University more inclusive, socially just, and responsive to changing demographics.

Nomination Criteria

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who have gone above and beyond to create a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive campus climate in which there is a pervasive ethic of intercultural caring and valuation for all members, identities, and perspectives.

Faculty and staff who have demonstrated outstanding effort or commitment to the recruitment, hiring, and retention of high-quality, diversified tenure-track faculty across the entire campus.

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who have taken specific identifiable measures to establish a stimulating, dialogic environment that engage all campus members and advance knowledge and understanding of issues and perspectives associated with diversity (i.e., proactive, positive engagement around diversity).

About Arthur Dunklin

To provide a brief glimpse into why these awards have been named in honor of Arthur Dunklin, we offer the following brief biography of some of his accomplishments:

Arthur Dunklin was born in 1967 and raised in Greenville Alabama; he attended high school there and went on to receive his BA from Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida. It was there that he began a long educational career developing his skills in Organizational Management and Human Resources Development. In 2002, he earned his MA from Webster University in Saint Louis. Art enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and retired in 2005 as a Chief Petty Officer after serving 20 years. While serving in the Navy, Art completed his studies and received his Ph.D from Fielding Graduate University in Human Organizational Systems. At the time of his retirement, he was an Equal Opportunity advisor for the Navy’s Government Agency. Art’s first civilian job was as the EEO/Diversity and Leadership Development Specialist for Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In 2007, he joined the San Jose State family as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Workforce Planning.

One could go on at length about the many awards and accolades Art received in his short lifetime of service to his fellow human beings, always helping people see that the road to equality is a journey worth traveling as we seek to create a world of equality for all. Art was not only a dedicated professional, he was an amazing gentle and loving individual whose presence made people feel emotionally richer for knowing him. Sadly, after a brave struggle with a terminal illness, which never stopped him from his work, he passed away in November 2010.

San Jose State is committed to continuing to work to create a university fully recognized for having a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. Your nominations will begin to do just that — recognize individuals who, just like Arthur Dunklin, have gone above and beyond and are taking the journey to creating a diversified world of equality for all.


Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact Wiggsy Sivertsen at (408) 924-5910, or Melanie Schlitzkus at (408) 924-1113.