Campus Messages

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at SJSU

September 29, 2022

Latinx Heritage Month, historically known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated throughout the United States between September 15 and October 15. SJSU celebrates and honors the cultural traditions, history, contributions, and values of our Chicanx/Latinx/Latiné students, staff, faculty and local communities.

Remembering September 11, 2001

September 9, 2022

On Sunday, many of us will participate in events that memorialize the events of September 11, 2001, and remember those who lost their lives that day. I hope you will join me as we pause to reflect on the victims, their families, friends and others whose lives were forever changed.

2022 Fall Welcome Address

August 18, 2022

Welcome to Fall Semester, San José State! It’s always a great day to be a Spartan, and it’s particularly great to see all of you here in person in this beautiful, historic venue. I also want to give a big “shout out” to those joining us via our livestream. I’m hoping for a big digital turnout today to add to our in-person audience here in Morris Dailey Auditorium.

Decision letter from the WSUC Accreditation Reaffirmation process

July 13, 2022

I write to inform you of the decision letter from the WSCUC Accreditation Reaffirmation process. The commission has reaccredited San José State for six years through the spring of 2028 and is requiring a visit in the spring of 2025. I am anxious and excited to get to work addressing the recommendations of the Review Team and Commission.

Sharing CSU's Response to Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization Decision

June 26, 2022

San José State University has a proud tradition of supporting social justice and speaking out against harmful inequities, including in access to health care. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade is a jarring rebuttal of those values. Fortunately, we live in a state that values individual rights and freedoms. 

Looking ahead to summer and fall

June 8, 2022

I hope many of you had the opportunity to see Spartan success in action at one of our inspiring spring commencement ceremonies. We now have over 10,000 new alumni — with more than 7,500 graduates in spring 2022 and 2,500 in fall 2021 — proudly holding diplomas from San José State University. 

Yesterday’s tragedy in Texas

May 25, 2022

As SJSU celebrates and honors its spring and summer graduates this week, we now do so with very heavy hearts. Our campus community feels deep sorrow, grief and anger on behalf of the innocent victims and loved ones killed in yesterday’s shooting tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

Celebrating our students at spring commencement

May 23, 2022

As the spring semester comes to a close, I am eagerly looking forward to an awesome week of commencement ceremonies. It’s a great week to be a Spartan!

This weekend's horrific shooting in Southern California

May 17, 2022

It pains me to write another message regarding a horrifying mass shooting. This one occurred over the weekend and targeted a Christian church in Southern California whose congregation is mostly of Taiwanese descent.

Another Tragedy Reminds Us to Care For Each Other

May 15, 2022

I write to you today with deep sadness.  A horrific act of violence in Buffalo, New York compels me to speak to our campus community. There should be no place in our society for hate, especially hatred based on race, religion or place of origin.

Remembering Norman Mineta

May 3, 2022

We were saddened today to learn about the passing of Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, a friend not only to SJSU but to our entire nation for his many contributions. Secretary Mineta, a San José native, was a legendary, towering figure who made important, lasting, positive contributions to our region and country.

Supporting Our Students' Basic Needs

April 26, 2022

During my time here at SJSU, one of the things that I have been most impressed with is the willingness of our students, faculty and staff to help each other. I share that same spirit, and one of my key goals as Interim President is to ensure that we are serving our students in the best ways possible, particularly their basic needs, and especially their need for housing security.