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San Jose State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, California 95192
Phone
(408) 924-1000
Email address
admissions@sjsu.edu
School Information
"As one of the most transformative universities in the nation, San José State is ready for big change. As part of Transformation 2030, SJSU's strategic plan, the campus community is dedicated to realizing the university's potential as a nationally prominent urban public university. San José State provides a comprehensive university education, granting bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 250 areas of study. With approximately 36,000 students and nearly 4,300 employees, SJSU is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley and California." (Source: https://www.sjsu.edu/about/)
General Information
SJSU leadership, under student pressure, began re-evaluating its relationship with law enforcement. In response to a student petition to "defund the police", SJSU created a task force, and has begun implementing anti-racism training for students, faculty, and staff. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The University Council of Chairs and Directors will "have regular trainings from/discussions with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ideally once a semester) and engage in difficult dialog for the purpose of seeding and implementing change" and "regularly discuss with their staff, faculty and students issues undermining BIPOC members or other groups in our community, and determine how to address these issues."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The university's K-12 Teaching Academy features modules such as "Decolonizing STEM with ABAR (Anti-Bias and Anti-Racist) themes."
  • The university's Center for Faculty Development offers "a variety of workshops including topics like 'Anti-Racist Pedagogy.'"
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The university is developing new "training requirements for faculty, management and staff - training that includes identifying and addressing racist micro-aggressions and anti-bias training specific to campus roles and responsibilities."
  • The university has developed and implemented "faculty search committee and RTP evaluation training using a racial justice lens which addresses implicit bias, race, gender, and cultural competence to eliminate inequity within these processes."
  • The university announced, "In partnership with the Center for Faculty Development, ODEI developed a 10-hour required module on equity and inclusion in this certificate program. Approximately half of SJSU tenure track/tenured faculty and lecturer faculty have completed the training by Spring 2021. Another 1,000 faculty will be trained Summer 2021."
  • The university will, "Expand and enhance training requirements, offering modules identifying and addressing racist micro-aggressions and anti-bias training specific to campus roles and responsibilities, began summer 2020. Additional workshops on white privilege and systemic racial oppression, and dialogistic facilitation skills within an equity framework will be developed starting Summer 2021."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university has initiated "a grant process to support this critical area of racial equity in health. This process will further support the research many of our talented and committed faculty members are doing, while infusing new areas of research in a topic that is crucial for our students and community."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • Task Force Created to Respond to Student Petition to “Defund the Police”
  • The university established a Task force on safety and policing that will be "charged with assessing the concerns about safety and policing on campus, how we might address those concerns and what opportunities we have for moving forward as the safest and most effective urban-based campus in the United States." Additionally, the task force will "select an external reviewer to support and guide the work and offer recommendations for reform, such as new models of safety and policing, new training protocols, policy revisions or redistribution of resources."
Resources
  • The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences offered "Additional Anti-racist Resources," including Ibram X. Kendi's "An Antiracist Reading List" in the New York Times and "Resources from Robin DiAngelo."
  • As part of the university's plan to combat systemic racism, the university held the "Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice" event. The event "offers the opportunity for participants to gain a wealth of information and experience as they engage with content centered at the intersection of race and topics such as inequality, systemic injustice, community healing and restoration, human rights, sexuality and gender, and so much more."
  • The university's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion "seeks to build individual, organizational, and institutional capacity to enact systemic change on issues of equity and social inequality."
  • The university has a new Director of Advocacy for Racial Justice and a Director of Black/African American Equity.
  • The university launched the "Campus Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which will serve to identify equity gaps and make recommendations to the president on addressing systemic historical inequities on an annual basis."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university announced that, "Our use of the 'Spartan Up' hand gesture—often mistaken for a white power symbol— has now been retired."
Last updated October 31st, 2022
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