San Jose State University
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
April 2021 Newsletter
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At San José State University April is Asian Pacific Heritage Month just as it is for many higher education institutions on the semester system who opt to move it from the month of May so that a full month can be recognized while classes are in session. In recognition of this APHM, our monthly installment of “Good Trouble” video interviews of local leaders who are effective advocates, mentors, and allies, we invited three Asia Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) campus leaders who are staff and faculty on our campus. Please watch our current April episode where I interview these three remarkable individuals, Dr. Joanne Rondilla, assistant professor in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (SISS) and Asian American Studies, Bonnie Sugiyama,  Director of the PRIDE Center and Gender Equity Center; and Jenny Nguyen, Educational Programmer, Gender Equity Center. I think you will find our interview to be inspiring, connecting, and powerful as they speak about their career paths and the events and personal choices they made that lead them to their highly impactful careers of advocacy and mentoring of students. Their collective impact on students and colleagues over the years of their careers is remarkable. 

ODEI in Action information
Campus fora presentations

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to contribute and share your input regarding actions and initiatives, and discuss next steps regarding the belong@SJSU campus climate survey findings regarding Title IX. Please use the links below to register for the upcoming fora:


Please join us and let’s work together in addressing the issues raised in the campus climate report.

Employee Connections: every second Tuesday at noon
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Employee Connections is a monthly meeting created by ODEI for staff, faculty, and administrators where they can share a virtual lunch or coffee break with their colleagues and talk about anything and everything that may be of interest to them and/or the group. This initiative was born last year as a result of the feedback received during the pre and post election sessions that ODEI held in partnership with University Personnel, Center for Faculty Development and LifeMatters EAP by Empathia where attendees suggested the creation of a space where people could meet over zoom and connect with each other since the pandemic had limited our interpersonal interactions. The intention of the Employee Connections sessions is to help facilitate meeting new people, learning from each other, and creating community. These sessions are for all SJSU employees, including those who work for our auxiliaries. Join us!

Ramadan 2021 Information
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The readings and resources in this section are designed to help our campus learn about theories, frameworks, research and resources that are helpful in addressing our key goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion by building our intellectual muscle to help us see our world, analyze our world, and apply this learning from where we are to increase equity. The readings are chosen because they are able to overview or introduce complex concepts in ways that promote understanding among a wide variety of readers, occupational foci, and time constraints. We hope you enjoy this regular posting.

Woman Creates Booklet on How to Report a Hate Crime to Fight Against Anti-Asian Hate

Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale and Center for Disease Control and Prevention video

Racelighting: Three Common Strategies Racelighters Use

White and Female Teachers Show Racial Bias in Evaluating Second Grade Writing 

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The podcasts provided will address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and are also designed to help us learn about theories, frameworks, research and resources. These podcasts will help us see our world, analyze our world, and apply this learning from where we are to increase equity. We are also looking to be more inclusive and share a wide variety of learning resources that can be consumed while we are doing other things, like walking the dog, driving, exercising, making dinner, or washing the dishes. We hope you enjoy this regular posting. This month our focus is on APIDA stories:

“We Already Belong”: A Conversation With R.O. Kwon (Rough Translation)

Why Are We Here? (Code Switch)

Our Own People (Throughline)

How to be An Anti-Casteist (Rough Translation)

ADIPA Heritage Month Spring 2021 Events
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Last Updated May 19, 2021