Mental Health First Aid Training for CSU Department Chairs and Faculty

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing offers Mental Health First Aid certification training, which teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health illnesses and substance use disorders.

The CSU Innovative Teaching and Learning Programs offers online sessions especially for faculty that are facilitated by CSU faculty who are certified Mental Health First Aid instructors. Our facilitation team includes Dr. Bonnie Gasior (Long Beach), Darci Strother (San Marcos), and Professor Sailesh Maharjan (San Bernardino).

The online training consists of approximately 2 hours of self-paced, asynchronous preparatory work, followed by two synchronous half-day sessions, each 3.5 hours, including breaks.

Register now:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Emily Magruder at

Governor Newsom Announces Portal to Help Parents Working in Essential Fields Find Licensed Childcare

Governor Newsom Has Announced a new resource to help parents working in essential fields find safe and licensed childcare.

The new California Childcare Portal has been created to help families working in essential fields (such as health care, police, postal services, grocery, and emergency services) find licensed childcare in their area during the COVID-19 pandemic. The site is easy to use by just typing in a zip code for a result of childcare centers and homes that are currently open, their capacity, licensing history, and other useful information for choosing care.

CHRS Recruiting Update

CHRS Recruiting Image

You may have seen several emails in the past few months regarding CHRS Recruiting, the new tool for faculty and staff recruitments. Staff members in University Personnel, along with a number of other employees on campus, have been working on implementing this new system since December 2019 with the anticipated go-live later this year. As we move forward we wanted to provide a few updates.

First, this new tool will be used by many employees on campus but not necessarily everyone. Those most impacted are:

    • Individuals who initiate and support recruitments – typically department/college administrative staff, department chairs and/or managers
    • Search committee chairs and committee members of tenure-track and temporary faculty recruitments, as well as staff and MPP recruitments
    • Hiring managers

Second, a message went out in March announcing an overview session for CHRS Recruiting as well as numerous training sessions. Unfortunately, due to current events, the April 15th overview session has been cancelled. Once more is known about the coming weeks and months, it will be rescheduled either in-person or remotely via Zoom.

You may still register for the training sessions announced in the prior message but there is a possibility that some of the dates will change. We are also exploring how to remotely deliver these training sessions. The current schedule of classes can be viewed in SJSU @ Work – Click Search by Course Number, enter “CHRS”, then click Search.

The previously announced Change Management for Managers course on April 7th was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Finally, our plan is to continue moving forward with the implementation of this new tool and get you the training and support you need. We will adjust our timeline as needed while continuing to adapt to the changing environment around us.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility and will update you regularly as we move forward. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our CHRS Recruiting team at

SJSU Night with the San Jose Sharks! Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm

SJSU Sharks Night
Join your fellow Spartans at the San Jose Sharks game on Thursday, March 19 and get an exclusive Sharks and SJSU Water Bottle.
Tickets start at $46, using the offer code SPARTANS.
San Jose Sharks vs. Montreal Canadiens
Portion of proceeds donated back to SJSU
More details on purchasing tickets can be found here:
You may download the form and mail with payment to:
San Jose Sharks
Attn: Brandon Grengs
525 W Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Or you may download the form and email with payment to:
Questions? Call 408-999-5754

UP Holiday Hours

The University Personnel Offices will close at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 23.

All campus offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Tuesday, December 24. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.