President's Blog

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Remembering the Heroes of 9/11

Today, we continue to honor those heroes from 20 years ago as well as a new generation of firefighters, paramedics and others who may have become inspired on that fateful day to serve others. We also celebrate new and emerging heroes such as healthcare personnel and other essential employees who are working to keep us all safe and healthy during the global pandemic.

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Our Growing Reputation As Silicon Valley's Public Graduate School

I had the opportunity earlier this spring to offer welcome remarks at the CSU’s Grad Slam competition. As our College of Graduate Studies is the first graduate college in the CSU system, we were honored and delighted to host our Cal State colleagues and campus representatives. The event reminded me of all the amazing progress we have made with our graduate programs these past few years.

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2021 Fall Welcome Address from President Mary A. Papazian

August 19, 2021

Hello, members of the San José State campus community! I am delighted to welcome you all to the Fall 2021 semester. And what a semester this promises to be! I, for one, am very much looking forward to the repopulation of our campus and getting back to some semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy.

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Transforming undergraduate education through REP4 and Lurie College initiatives

August 3, 2021

One of the more exciting developments taking place this summer has been the launch of the national REP4 initiative, an alliance of six higher-education institutions—including San José State —who all share an ambitious goal of transforming education.

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Announcing SJSU's inaugural Economic and Social Impact Study

June 22, 2021

I am delighted to share with you today a new economic and social impact study that offers a detailed look at SJSU’s tangible influence throughout the City of San José, the greater Bay Area and the State of California.

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Reflections on the past year's fight against systemic racism

June 21, 2021

I write today to reflect on the progress our campus has made this past year to combat systemic racism at SJSU and to look ahead to the work that remains.

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The warm, radiant light from SJSU's graduating class dazzles and soothes

May 24, 2021

Graduation, as we all know, truly is one of the most important and revered times on the academic calendar. It is an opportunity for us to celebrate and honor our students for the completion of their studies and, for the graduates themselves, it is the realization of a milestone that they have worked toward their entire lives. This week, as members of our Spring 2021 cohort begin to reflect on their college years while making or even finalizing post-graduate plans, graduates will bask in well-earned kudos from family and friends on their achievements.

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My own "legacy of poetry" and its enduring significance

April 6, 2021

With SJSU's week-long Legacy of Poetry 2021 celebration kicking off soon, I recently began to reflect on my own deep affection for poetry and its relevance in today's world.

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Emancipatory learning approach helping students "reap the full benefit of an empowering education"

March 23, 2021

Recently I had the opportunity to offer welcome remarks at the kickoff event for our Lurie College of Education's new Emancipatory Education Speaker Series, which focuses on a "post-COVID-19 education system." What an important and timely initiative!

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Campus master plan could reshape the physical spaces at SJSU for years to come

March 8, 2021

Before the pandemic hit early last year and turned all of our lives topsy-turvy, some readers might recall that I had been taking a deep dive into our Transformation 2030 strategic plan. In particular, I had written blog posts about four of the five goals laid out in Transformation 2030. I am happy now to address Goal #5, the final goal from Transformation 2030 —“Renew and Rebuild”—and, in particular, a cornerstone of that goal: the campus master planning process that now is in its early stages.