Initiatives and Partnerships

Doing Great Things with our Community

Some of the best learning experiences at San Jose State emerge where academia meets the wider community. Students at SJSU benefit from the many partnerships the university has built across Silicon Valley and our campus initiatives seek to mirror the values of diversity and sustainability mirrored in both local communities and the high-tech industry.


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CommUniverCity San José is a collaborative project of the Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace communities, San Jose State University and the City of San Jose. The unique organization empowers students and residents to build community through service-learning projects that address education, community health and improvements to the neighborhood.

Hammer Theatre Center

The Hammer Theatre Center is a unique performing arts facility that serves as a nexus between the university and the community, San Jose and the Bay Area, and local and global talent. It produces and presents innovative programming that reflects Silicon Valley’s culture of creativity, diversity and technology. Audiences are invited to experience the beauty, spontaneity and human connection made possible through live performance.

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Led by San Jose State, Moss Landing Marine Labs hosts and administers an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Marine Science for a consortium of seven California State University campuses in Northern and Central California. The great wealth of nearby marine resources, the faculty emphasis on mentoring and teaching with integrated research, and the excellent facilities, staff, and marine operations contribute to make Moss Landing one of the best programs for a Master of Science in Marine Science in the United States.

Mineta Transportation Institute

In partnership with the SJSU College of Business, the Mineta Transportation Institute is a national University Transportation Center and a Center of Excellence specializing in policy studies related to surface transportation. 

NASA Ames Research Center

San Jose State faculty members and programs have partnered with NASA's Ames Research Center for many years. SJSU Associate Professor Natalie Batalha, as a member of NASA's Kepler mission, contributed to the discovery of the smallest planet ever identified outside of our solar system. Batalha is responsible for the selection of the more than 150,000 stars the spacecraft monitors and works closely with team members at Ames to identify viable planet candidates from Kepler photometry.

Reid-Hillview Aviation Facility

San Jose State University partners with Santa Clara County’s Reid-Hillview Airport to train students for careers in aviation, airline maintenance, administration and technology. Graduates work in many aspects of the industry including flight, airport management, purchasing, marketing, quality control, technical management and military aviation. The Reid-Hillview Aviation Facility includes a 5,000-square-foot hangar housing aircraft and engines used to teach students.


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Diversity Initiative

San Jose State University considers diversity to be an institutional value and is committed to making diversity and inclusiveness central to our institutional and educational mission and practices. The President's Commission on Diversity leads a range of initiatives across the campus focused on making SJSU a more inclusive community where all feel welcome and thrive.

Sustainability Initiative

Promoting a culture of sustainability is part of the educational and outreach missions of San Jose State University. SJSU is committed to building sustainability programs and positioning SJSU as a leader among universities in sustainability.

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

The Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies is the only institution in North America devoted solely to the life, works and accomplishments of Ludwig van Beethoven. Established in 1983 when Ira F. Brilliant donated his Beethoven collection to San Jose State University, the center has built upon that collection creating the largest collection of Beethoven materials outside of Europe.

Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies

Founded in 1973, the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies is the largest Steinbeck archive in the world. The Center houses over 40,000 items including manuscripts, original letters, inscribed first editions, secondary works, film memorabilia, films, cassettes and over 1,400 photographs.

Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History

The mission of the Sourisseau Academy is to promote local history through sponsored research, educational programs and publications. The academy maintains a photograph collection and historical ephemera relating to the history of Santa Clara County and the central coast region of California.