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A peaceful protest at SJSU's Smith and Carlos statue
Derrick Liu / Silicon Valley Democratic Socialists of America ( – CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Examining Our Actions and Opportunities for Change

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.

SJSU students jumping in celebration

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.

President speaking at the podium

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.

President Papazian speaking

The time is now for strong federal support of higher education

March 24, 2020

Recently, I wrote letters to five key U.S. Senators, including Senators Feinstein and Harris, to request their urgently-needed support for San Jose State University and the entire California State University (CSU) system as we continue to come to grips with the devastating effects our institution faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have since written to several House members as well. Specifically, we are asking legislators to support higher education in the third economic relief package now being negotiated.

Downtown San Jose

Reflections on our current health crisis and the remarkable resilience of SJSU's faculty, staff and broader community

March 18, 2020

“Not in my lifetime.” I keep saying those words over and over, as this moment truly is unprecedented. Just months or even weeks ago, many people had never heard the words “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19.” Things certainly can change quickly; the current public health crisis has now made those phrases household words and part of our national—or worldwide—lexicon.

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