Commitment to Diversity
San Jose State is unique in its storied and long history of student civil rights activism, service to first-generation student populations, racial and ethnic diversity, and location in the vibrant cultural communities and robust economy of the Silicon Valley of California. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion [ODEI] is dedicated to the standards of inclusive excellence, which view San Jose State's mission of academic excellence as inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The ODEI works to create a campus community that is free from discrimination and free from systemic and cultural barriers to academic and professional success for all of its students, faculty, staff and administrators. The ODEI envisions a campus where its members engage in robust intergroup dialogue, and collaboration across groups, divisions and silos.
Though we are proud to be one of the most diverse campus communities in the nation, action is needed more than ever to address systemic racism at San José State University. And action is what we are taking. The President’s Leadership team on Equity and Justice is facilitating and coordinating the university’s initiatives on racial equity and justice. This leadership team is charged with understanding the initiatives being generated on campus and the tracking of the follow-through in achieving the goals of those initiatives. Learn about SJSU’s immediate steps—as well as intermediate and long-term plans—to create permanent organizational change with regard to systemic racism on our campus.
Antiracism Reprogramming in Health Professions Education is a half day summit where health profession educators will learn about current anti-racist frameworks and applications to transform curriculum, syllabi, recruitment and admissions practices, placement of residents/interns and other practices. There will be keynotes and hands on working sessions in smaller breakouts throughout the program.
Anti-immigrant sentiment, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bias have always been with us. The current pandemic has seen an exponential rise in anti-Asian discrimination and milder microaggressions. We recognize the horrific disparities in higher morbidity and infection rates for Black/African Americans, Native Americans, and Latinx peoples from COVID-19 across the country. These collective realities have a great impact on the climate, organizational identity, and retention of employees. Crafted within the complex cultural and political contexts of the Bay Area, this webinar will (1) introduce historical and social psychological frameworks for organizational leaders and team members to understand the dynamics of COVID-19 xenophobia and bias, and (2) offer research-informed interventions and strategies to address anti-Asian bias incidents when they occur in the context of crisis. Target participants span from team members to people who hold positions of leadership in their organizations.
Engaged Inclusive Campus
Through its leadership and work, the ODEI encourages civic and communal responsibility for diversity, equity and inclusion amongst its students, faculty, staff and administrators. The ODEI seeks to build organizational capacity to support and grow meaningful and collaborative working relations to provide opportunities for all members of our campus community to further their education and development as lifelong learners within their arena of work or schooling.
Campus Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Committee Members have been announced! Learn more about the Camus Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - strucutre, mission and members.
If you have experienced sex/gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, dating/domestic violence, sexual misconduct, stalking, or you have witnessed such behavior, please contact the Title IX Office
San José State University is currently engaged in a campus climate assessment for inclusion. For more information about the history of these assessment processes, our current campus-wide committee, and actions being taken, visit the belong@SJSU home page.
ODEI provides a variety of techinical assistance, consultation, resources and training, along with other offices on campus. Learn more about our social justice educational work and partnerships by visiting ODEI's Education page.