Toward a More Welcoming Community
SJSU Responds to Alleged Hate Crimes
Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination
Dear Campus Community,
I am writing to you today to provide an update on our efforts to ensure a safe, welcoming, inclusive climate for everyone at SJSU.
The Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination, formed in response to alleged hate crimes on our campus, completed its work in April. Chaired by retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge LaDoris Cordell, the group provided more than 50 recommendations to San Jose State.
Since that time, administrative and Academic Senate leaders have reviewed each recommendation and created an action plan. Implementation of some recommendations has already begun. I would like to thank the President’s Commission on Diversity for taking a lead role in this effort over the past 45 days and for agreeing to serve as the implementation team going forward.
The diversity commission was appointed before the alleged hate crimes occurred, but its mission and composition align well with the task force’s work. We will review the commission’s roster to ensure the group is prepared to take on this new role. Members will continue to include students, faculty and staff from across campus.
Here is what we will focus on in the coming year:
- Gathering best practices and engaging the university community in plans for an Office of Diversity, Engagement and Inclusive Excellence.
- Ensuring that visible, user-friendly tools are readily available to report hate crimes and inappropriate and bias-based conduct.
- Developing a comprehensive response protocol once incidents are reported.
- Creating a recruitment protocol that ensures diverse applicant pools for faculty positions.
- Developing and implementing training and programming on race, ethnicity and diversity for all campus community members including students who live and work in our residence halls.
The President’s Commission on Diversity will meet regularly to track progress toward meeting all of these goals, and will provide regular updates that will be shared with the entire university community. We will publicize the commission’s meeting schedule so that anyone interested can offer input in person or in writing.
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