President Papazian’s Message on the Sonoma Fires

Dear Spartans,

Our thoughts are with the Sonoma State University community and my colleague President Judy Sakaki, as well as the many others coping with multiple wildfires that erupted on Sunday across a wide swath of Sonoma and Napa counties.

As of mid-morning, the fires had destroyed at least 1,500 structures—including President Sakaki’s home—and prompted large-scale evacuations. The Sonoma campus has suspended classes and routine business operations today and tomorrow, but remained open as of late Monday morning.

Our staff has begun reaching out to the approximately 250 SJSU students from Sonoma and Napa counties, offering information about counseling and financial resources. Students also can contact our Economic Crisis Response Team, which assists students experiencing financial crises, for information and support.

On behalf of the entire San Jose State community, I offer heartfelt concern for the safety and well-being of everyone affected by these wildfires. We will continue doing all that we can to lend appropriate support.


Mary A. Papazian