Vice President for Student Affairs Office

Letter from the Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear San José State Students & Community,

The California State University Office of the Chancellor has announced it has launched a systemwide Food and Housing Security Study to help determine best practices for serving students. Dr. Jennifer Maguire, assistant professor of social work at Humboldt State, will conduct the survey portion of the study; this first part of the study involves an online survey that will be sent to all CSU students this fall to obtain student perspectives. The online survey has recently been extended just for our campus through Monday, December 5, 2016.

The second part of the study will take place in spring and involve interviews and focus groups conducted by Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, assistant professor of social work at California State University, Long Beach. As you know, San José State University students, faculty, staff and alumni are at the forefront of our efforts to assist fellow students faced with food and housing issues. Our campus has been growing the efforts to assist students through efforts of the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) / SJSU Cares Program, the Student Hunger Committee, Wellness and Health Promotions, Spartan Shops and more. Many are aware that the new program launched this semester, Just In Time (mobile food pantry), has served over 750 students.

I encourage all San José State students to continue this vital effort and participate in the fall survey, at the end of which you can volunteer to take part in the spring portion of the study. The findings will be used to develop recommendations that best support the basic needs of CSU students and will be disseminated in a report to be issued in 2018. Your participation – and the continued support of our efforts – will be critical to our success.

Dr. Reginald S. Blaylock
Vice President for Student Affairs

Supporting our Students: ECRT, Just In Time and CalFresh Sign-Ups!

SJSU matriculated students, who are experiencing an unanticipated economic emergency, can now receive support from the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT). The purpose of the ECRT is to provide a coordinated response to SJSU students experiencing an unforeseen economic crisis which is impacting their ability to be a successful student. You will find more information at or students can send an email to

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On Monday, Nov. 15, SJSU hosted our second Just In Time Mobile Food Pantry in collaboration with Second Harvest. We served over 15,000 pounds of food to 600 students who received fresh produce, milk, eggs, chicken, tortillas, pasta, rice, cereal, beans, tuna, peanut butter and canned vegetables. Our next mobile food pantry will be Monday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Event Center for students who are currently enrolled and have an annual income below $23,760. Please bring your own bags, and we hope to see you on Dec. 12.

Just In Time and CalFresh Sign Ups!


Campus and Community Relations Office

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College Day gives you ALAS Conference - A complete Success - Éxito completo!

On Nov. 5, SJSU hosted the largest, most diverse College and Career Conference in the Bay Area. SJSU President Mary Papazian, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and Master of Ceremonies NBC Bay Area Reporter Damian Trujillo welcomed over 2,000 students and their families to campus. The participants came from 28 school districts throughout Santa Clara County, and ranged from fifth to twelth graders, learned about the college application and financial aid process, interacted in hands-on workshops, attended the College of Engineering and College of Business Open Houses, toured the SJSU campus, and got the opportunity to meet Keynote Speaker Astronaut José Hernandez, who journeyed on the STS-128 shuttle mission where he oversaw the transfer of more than 18,000 pounds of equipment between the shuttle and International Space Station and helped with robotics operations.

The Office of Campus and Community Relations from Student Affairs thanks all of the students and community volunteers who helped during the event, handing out programs and backpacks, ushering families to the different buildings, staffing the workshops, and making SJSU a welcoming place to everyone who attended the event. You made it a great event!

For information about volunteering for future events please contact Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas at


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Coffee with a Professor

We are continuing the Coffee with a Professor program, where you can take your professors and/or teaching associates to coffee for an informal, out-of-the class conversation. There you can ask and get advice on academic or career options, learn about your professor’s projects and research, expand conversations from class, get suggestions for a class project, etc. For information go to

We hope that you take advantage of this opportunity and connect with your professors and TAs - they are waiting to hear from you!