Key Principles of Diversity

San Jose State has embraced the following principles and notions of diversity in relation to our campus members and the surrounding regional area.

Institutional Viability and Vitality

Our capacity to plan, implement, and assess a comprehensive diversity approach that aligns with our public mission.

Education and Scholarship

The diversity content of our courses, faculty engagement with diversity issues and student learning related to diversity.

Access and Success

The success (retention, graduation, honors) of our various student populations by level (undergraduate and graduate) by demographics (race, gender, ethnicity, income, etc.) and fields (the arts, business, education, science and technology).

Campus Climate and Intergroup Relations

The individual and group social interactions among students, faculty, staff and perceptions of institutional commitment to diversity.


The active appreciation, engagement and support of all campus members in terms of their backgrounds, identities and experiences (as constituted by gender, socioeconomic class, political perspective, age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, regional origin, nationality, occupation, language, among others, and the intersection of these aspects). This definition emerged from SJSU campus members via focus groups in 2008.

Inclusive Excellence

An institutional commitment to create and sustain a context of diversity through which all members thrive, feel valued and attain personal and professional success. One specific focus here is to use diversity as an educational resource and knowledge domain for students, and as a central ingredient for their academic success.