The humanitarian crisis now unfolding in Afghanistan is unsettling and worrisome for many of us at SJSU. The images we have witnessed from news coverage, combined with the very real fear and anxiety felt by those who remain in the country, are deeply troubling. These emotions are shared by family members and friends abroad, and by concerned people everywhere.
Category Archives: Systemic racism
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 […]
Reflections on Juneteenth
Tomorrow is Juneteenth, a day when Black and African American families and communities have for many years celebrated their culture, strength and perseverance by commemorating the end of slavery in America. The day became a national holiday this week, a momentous and long-overdue occasion.
The warm, radiant light from SJSU’s graduating class dazzles and soothes
Graduation, as we all know, truly is one of the most important and revered times on the academic calendar. It is an opportunity for us to celebrate and honor our students for the completion of their studies and, for the graduates themselves, it is the realization of a milestone that they have worked toward their entire lives. This week, as members of our Spring 2021 cohort begin to reflect on their college years while making or even finalizing post-graduate plans, graduates will bask in well-earned kudos from family and friends on their achievements.
Reflections on the Chauvin trial verdict
Many of us have just heard the news about the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Though we have waited anxiously for a significant jury verdict many times before, today’s outcome was different. In this trial and for each count, Derek Chauvin was found guilty. For many of us, this moment is a relief but also bittersweet.