Spring 2015 Fostering positive diversity experiences from faculty and students at SJSU

On Monday, April 20th 2015 the UFO brought together faculty and students to discuss diversity at San José State University and the opportunities and challenges that our campus faces as it approaches a common goal within our community to best serve our diverse student population.


The event was open to faculty and students and featured a panel discussion lead by Dr. Luis Felipe Gómez (Assistant Professor of Communication Studies) on fostering positive diversity experiences.

The panel included Mark Fruin (Professor of Strategy in the College of Business), Leslee Parr (Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Program Director of  SJSU MARC), Margarita Rangel (President’s Scholar and Major in Biological Sciences), Katherine Wilkinson (Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences) and Kafilat Yusufu (Vice President of Mentorship, SHRM and Business Major with a concentration in HRM).


The panelists shared their experiences, resources, stories and insights with regards to this topic. They also engaged with the attendees in meaningful conversation that explored ways to improve our diverse students’ learning experiences and outcomes. 


Fall 2014 UFO President’s Welcome Reception


Members of SJSU’s Untenured Faculty Organization (UFO) had the opportunity to gather at the President’s House on Thursday, November 20th. The intimate event featured some great food, chances to mingle with colleagues and hear from President Mohammad Qayoumi and Deputy Provost Dr. Andrew Hale Feinstein regarding their vision and perspective for SJSU.

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We thank all those who helped in preparation and planning as well as everyone who participated.



Photography by Folarin Erogbogbo