Reflections on the past year’s fight against systemic racism

by Dr. Mary A. Papazian I write today to reflect on the progress our campus has made this past year to combat systemic racism at SJSU and to look ahead to the work that remains. Just over a year ago, prompted by George Floyd’s heinous killing and the national conversation that ensued about racial inequities in law […]

“Heritage Day” celebrates 150 years of SJSU in the City of San José!

Today, SJSU celebrates 150 years in San José! The goal of SJSU’s move to the City of San José after its initial 13 years in San Francisco was for San José State to transform public education. Since then, we have made countless contributions—to our City, our state, our region, and our nation—that have stood the test of time and demonstrated our deep and lasting impact.

Update on SJSU’s actions on systemic racism

Last week, I wrote to you about our immediate and longer-term efforts to address systemic racism at San José State. Among several specific actions we are taking, I indicated that we would create spaces and mechanisms whereby our campus community members can process the often complex issues of racism, listen to one another and seek understanding of the pain that others may be experiencing. I write today to offer an update on the activities that took place this past week.