Commission on Diversity
Message from the Co-Chairs
San José State has a long tradition of supporting and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness throughout our campus community. As co-chairs for the President’s Commission on Diversity, we are honored and pleased to have the opportunity to lead the university’s efforts to expand and enrich the campus’ legacy. Academic Affairs and Student Affairs are partnering to lead this commission because we are committed to ensuring that the mission of inclusiveness for all students, faculty and staff members as well as the broader community remains at the forefront of our vision.
In launching this new commission, we want to acknowledge and highlight the excellent work that has already been done through groups such as the university’s Campus Climate Committee, the Unity Council and the Faculty Diversity Committee. These groups, and numerous other student, faculty and staff organizations, contribute significantly to the campus and help our vibrant campus community succeed.
President Qayoumi has defined the commission’s task as follows: “To help [the university] assess our current status, align, integrate and improve our institutional policies, educational practices and programs to have a more powerful impact on student learning and achievement.” With this task in mind, the membership of the commission was carefully developed to ensure an extensive range of representation among students, faculty, staff and administrators.
The commission will help align the university’s efforts for inclusiveness and diversity with the broader university goals that are defined through our strategic plan, Vision 2017. To this end, the commission is expected to develop, and refine, a comprehensive campus diversity plan. The commission will evaluate and incorporate appropriate ideas and practices drawn from the models of other successful universities, and also will ensure that the entire SJSU community has many opportunities to participate and provide input into this ambitious effort. We look forward to working with the broader campus community on this exciting opportunity.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Renee Barnett Terry
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs