San Jose State University
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion October Newsletter
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Catching Up with Kathy

Our October newsletter is slightly delayed because of scheduling difficulties for our latest episode of our video series “Good Trouble.” This episode in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15th to Oct. 15th) features the experiences, stories, and wisdom of some of our Chicanx/Latinx staff, faculty, and administrators on our campus: Magdalena Barrera, Marcos Pizzaro, Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas, Lilly Pinedo Gangai, and Ana Navarrete. We think you will enjoy watching this episode full of personal journeys and encouragement to make Good Trouble.

We have been receiving messages of concern about the continued work moving forward on institutional efforts to address systemic racism, and systemic equity issues in the coming months as our campus undergoes leadership change. Although President Papazian’s support and leadership was instrumental in the gains made on this campus in DEI, her departure does not signal an end to that momentum. ODEI will continue to collaborate and provide leadership, support, consulting, and staffing to move our institution forward on systemic change. We have appointed a new interim Director of Chicanx/Latinx Equity, Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas who steps away from her role of Deputy Diversity Officer for this interim appointment. We continue to provide training for our campus MPPs on microaggressions and bias and how to intervene. Our Spartan Employee Affinity Group program for faculty and staff is up and running with great participation and increased activities focused on DEI and belonging by and for employees. Our Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is up and running with faculty mentoring undergraduate researchers. Through a consultant contract with Santa Clara County, ODEI, through the Research Foundation, is working with seven SJSU research faculty in a project to inform the SC County Hate Prevention and Inclusion Task Force in its recommendations to the County. We are also organizing an inaugural annual Spartan Legacy Run around the SJSU campus featuring opening comments from our new Director and Head Track Coach of Track and Field, and Cross Country. All in all we are having a very busy and jam packed month.

We encourage you to drop by our new offices on the first floor of the Administration Building to say hello.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration
ODEI ACTION for October
Employee Affinity Group Update
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Spotlight on PRIDE Faculty and Staff Assocation

Formed in 1992, PRIDE Faculty and Staff Association (PRIDE FSA) is open to all faculty and staff members interested in the spectrum of gender identity and sexuality at San José State University.

The goals and objectives of PRIDE FSA are to:

  • Provide a safe and supportive network for PRIDE faculty and staff.
  • Promote PRIDE community advocacy.
  • Serve as a resource for educators on issues related to gender identity and sexuality.

If you have any questions or want to join PRIDE FSA, please click below!

Pride History Month (June) and LGBTQ+ History Month (October)
Here's the Difference
According to the Library of Congress, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the "day" soon grew to encompass a month-long series of events. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”

LGBTQ+ History Month was started in 1994 by Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher and some of his community members with the hope of giving LGBTQ+ kids a chance to learn their history and see themselves in those who came before them. October was chosen because National Coming Out Day was already established during the month and it also coincided with the anniversary of the first march on Washington for gay and lesbian rights in 1979. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBT History Month within a list of commemorative months. According to GLAAD, “during the early years, the celebration was largely marked by a call to action and commemoration. But since then, LGBT History Month has blossomed into a national coordinated effort to highlight exemplary role models from the LGBT community. Since 2006, this push has so far been led by LGBT rights and education organization Equality Forum.”

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Happy Filipino American History Month!

The celebration of Filipino American History Month in October commemorates the first recorded presence of Filipinos in the continental United States, which occurred on October 18, 1587, when “Luzones Indios” came ashore from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza and landed at what is now Morro Bay, California. In 2009, U.S. Congress recognized October as Filipino American History Month in the United States.

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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!

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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. 

Labels 101: Hispanic, Latino, Latinx, and More

How to Support Hispanic Heritage Month on Social Media 

1 In 7 People Mark 'Some Other Race' On The U.S. Census. That's A Big Data Problem

Solange Launches Free Library of Rare our print books by Black authors

Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story - Zinn Education Project
A documentary about the politics and economics of land in the United States, based on the story of a Mexican American village razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

Book banning isn’t a thing of the past. We spoke to authors who have experienced it.
From chapter books to graphic novels, challenged literature provides a snapshot into some of the anxieties that drive media censorship.

The New York Times  ‘No Time to Be a Child’
During the pandemic, teenage girls took on more caregiving at home, extra shifts at work and the burden of organizing racial justice protests. In many instances, it upended their lives.

Envisioning Black Liberation and Indigenous Sovereignty

Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge.
Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversees a juvenile justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee, with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.

To Those Who Have Stayed
For a few years after I graduated college, I worked several part-time and then one wildly low-paying full-time job, while I tried and tried…

Updating Our Segregation Research for the 2020 Census | Othering & Belonging Institute
As part of our ongoing research into racial residential segregation, we offer two new reports based on the latest demographic data of the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally using the recently-released 2020 Census. We've also significantly revamped our interactive web tool.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Own Altar This Día de Muertos
From October 31 to November 2, people across Latin America lovingly memorialize their deceased relatives and friends in a joyous ceremony.

Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe
Opinions around the word Hispanic versus Latino or the newer Latinx are rooted in personal experiences. Here's a look at how more than 62 million people in the U.S. fall under the Hispanic umbrella.

Research finds ethnic studies in San Francisco had enduring impact
Higher rates of graduation and college enrollment are tracked to course, but researcher urges caution in interpreting the study.

LGBTQ+ History Month History and Information

The Vanishing Half (book)

Passing (book)

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These podcasts and videos will address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and are also designed to help us learn about theories, frameworks, research and resources. They 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.

Who You Calling “Hispanic”?

What Does It Mean To Be Latino? The 'Light-Skinned Privilege' Edition

The Kid Mero Talks 'What It Means To Be Latino'

The Myth Of The 'Latino Vote'

9/11 Immigration Legacy

The Vaccine Inequity Pandemic

The Moving Border: Part 1: The North

The Moving Border: Part 2: The South

It's Lit! Latina Novelists On Living With (And Writing In) Two Languages : Alt.Latino

Because of Anita

The Dark Side of Skin Lightening

Fruits of Labor

Janet Stovall: How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Southlake podcast: Inside a critical race theory battle - NBC News
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Last Updated Nov 24, 2021