From Mo’s Desk

Mo Qayoumi - President ImageWe at San Jose State have developed tremendous strength in the face of adversity over the last 157 years. Indeed, resilience is an important element of Spartan character.

Words cannot express my deep gratitude for every individual—on campus and in the community—who participated in the dialogue as we confronted many challenges this academic year. You’ll find that our dialogue continues in this issue of the magazine.

Every Spartan’s voice should be heard and respected. I hope you’ll share your own thoughts and experiences after reading “Shared Perspective,” where five members of the campus community discuss struggle, transformation and, yes, resilience.

In addition, Janet Stemwedel, associate professor of philosophy, offers a step-by-step ethical guide for addressing when we make mistakes. And student Varija Yelagalawadi has written about Science 2, a class that helps our newest students find their way. This spring, she and a group of other students created the SJSU Bucket List, a fun compilation of 50 ways to be engaged on campus. One that stands out: “Help out a fellow Spartan.”

As we move into summer, I think about how we at this university prepare 364 days of the year for one day: commencement. On that day, it is incredible to feel the graduates’ energy and to see the impact of so many dreams realized. I hope you will see how our community has come together and redoubled our efforts to ensure that every Spartan feels safe and welcome at San Jose State.

We have learned a great deal this year. Our goal as a university cannot and must not be to reestablish what we had but, rather, to go beyond. I am committed to open, inclusive dialogue and reflection that will allow us to reach our potential. We will move forward. And we will do it together.

Mo Qayoumi

Please share your thoughts with me by email. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jody Ulate

Jody Ulate, '05 MA English, is editor of the Washington Square blog and printed alumni magazine.

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