A Diversity Master Plan is an action plan designed to support the institution's overall diversity strategy. The plan recognizes that individuals come to the organization with a multiplicity of socio-identities and works to create a culture that is welcoming of the whole person, in terms of her or his sex, race, perspective, ethnicity, age, abilities, sexual orientation, and other physiological and/or cultural factors.
Pluralistic Organizational Culture: An organizational culture that includes the values and norms of diverse groups and which values the multicultural nature of the organization.
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.
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.
SJSU considers diversity to be an institutional value and is committed to making diversity and inclusiveness central to our institutional and educational mission and practices.