President's Blog

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SJSU ramps up efforts to engage students in the democratic process

Today is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan initiative designed to celebrate our democracy. San José State, of course, is a highly-engaged university when it comes to issues related to our democracy and civic responsibility. It is one of the characteristics that defines us.

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Remembering the heroes of 9/11

September 11, 2020

We have many heroes to celebrate in this day and age. Today, we remember and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, the heroic acts associated with that tragic day and the courage of those who perished.

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Welcome to Fall 2020 semester!

August 17, 2020

Though we remain in the midst of an extraordinary and unprecedented period, I am delighted to welcome each of you to the Fall 2020 semester. This promises to be a semester none of us will soon forget! There is much to reveal about all of the things we have to look forward to this semester and throughout the academic year, so I invite you to view my virtual Fall Welcome address as well as video messages from our Academic Senate chair and our Associated Students president.

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Latest update: SJSU’s actions on systemic racism

July 15, 2020

Last month, I shared some immediate and longer-term action items for SJSU to address systemic racism. Several actions were identified, including steps we would take immediately as well as a number of longer-term efforts. I write today to report on our progress to date, particularly the actions we have undertaken these past 30 days and thoughts on the future.

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Examining Our Actions and Opportunities for Change

June 11, 2020

The global protests we continue to see following the unconscionable killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers—just one of many recent incidents involving systemic racism in our society—remain on all our minds and in our hearts. In addition to raising awareness, people are now demanding real, tangible action. Action by our institutions. Action by our leaders. And, yes, action by our universities.

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Celebrating SJSU’s resilient Class of 2020 with graduate recognition websites

May 18, 2020

While the month of May traditionally means blooming flowers and the onset of summer and warmer months ahead, it has even more special meaning to those of us in higher education. But, while the public health crisis we find ourselves in prevents a traditional, in-person commencement ceremony for the time being, the recognition itself goes on with our Spring Class of 2020 Graduate Recognition Websites, which launch this Friday, May 22.

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Supreme Court's upcoming decision on DACA

May 8, 2020

The Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—which will impact the futures of hundreds of thousands of people, including members of our community—is likely adding to the stress and anxiety that many already feel due to the COVID-19 crisis. SJSU's commitment to our DACA students, faculty and staff remains unwavering, and we will continue to support all of them to the fullest degree possible, irrespective of the ruling.