Celebrate Juneteenth 2024!

Dear Campus Community, 

On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, we will celebrate Juneteenth, a day that Black and African American families and communities have celebrated for many years, paying tribute to their culture, strength and perseverance by commemorating the end of slavery in America. The campus will not be open for university business on Wednesday, June 19 in observance of the holiday. 

Our campus community is commemorating Juneteenth in a number of ways, including participating in the California State University (CSU) System second biennial Juneteenth Symposium being held June 13-14, 2024 in Sacramento. The 2024 Juneteenth Symposium is designed to elevate the celebration and recognition of African American history and achievement while promoting and sustaining the anti-racism work underway across the CSU’s 23 campuses. SJSU is sending a delegation of more than 25 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community members to attend the symposium in person. All campus community members are invited to attend the symposium virtually. Register to attend the live stream using this link.


Additionally, SJSU is proud to be a sponsor of Santa Clara County’s African American Community Service Agency's (AACSA) 43rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration being held June 15, 12:00pm - 7:00PM, downtown San Jose, CA in the SoFA District (South 1st Street). This year we will also be tabling and interacting with participants to share information about our institution, highlighting the wonderful programs, research, and opportunities available. If you’re interested in volunteering to table, please sign up! Snacks will be provided for volunteers.


As we take time to celebrate Juneteenth as a community, we also encourage you to continue identifying and taking steps towards addressing systemic racism and discrimination towards Black communities. Juneteenth is not only a day for celebration, it is an opportunity for us to continue the legacy of the work towards freedom and liberation. 


Kristin Nicole Dukes, PhD 
Chief Diversity Officer