Legacy Month
Legacy Week




October is Legacy Month! Join us for our programs and events!

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#SpartanLegacyShoutout photo contest


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San José State University is known as a destination campus for several areas of study including business, education, engineering, art, design, and nursing. However, much of SJSU’s often unrecognized trajectory includes its ability to prepare its students to take a critical look at the world around them, engage in meaningful dialogue, and work toward finding solutions to complex issues.

Our alumni list is filled with elected officials, public-sector employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the field who have used what they have learned at SJSU to make the world a better place. Additionally, the faculty and staff of the university have produced scholarly works tied to solving social issues and have ignited conversations that are shaping the educational landscape in terms of social justice.


SJSU History

During the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, United States track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos were awarded medals for their athletic efforts. However, the great athletic feat would soon be shadowed by one of the most memorable moments in the American Civil Rights Movement. Tommie Smith and John Carlos would protest the poor treatment of African-American people in the United States and stood to empower the African American community, as part of a larger human rights struggle. This is a great symbol for the community of San José State University. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were both students at this prestigious university and showed San José State University students of the present and the future that students can make a difference on the global stage.

Since 2005, Associated Students, in collaboration with several campus departments have worked diligently to ensure that all students are aware of this momentous event in SJSU history.  In addition to commemorating the ’68 Olympic event, it is a testament to students that they can make a difference today. Legacy Week was formally introduced in fall of 2007 with the full-time operation of the Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center.


The SJSU Legacy Intiative

Social Justice is a process, not an outcome, which (1) seeks fair (re)distribution of resources, opportunities, and responsibilities; (2) challenges the roots of oppression and injustice; (3) empowers all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential; (4) and builds social solidarity and community capacity for collaborative action. Advocacy and intentional student development further support this definition. 

With this background in social justice, SJSU faculty and staff have launched the SJSU Legacy Week as an institutionalized campus-wide effort.  Building upon the efforts of the previous years, the goal of the initiative is to: (a) make social justice issues more central to the campus mission, (b) develop community, (c) encourage critical- thinking about the complex societal issues and (d) have students begin to explore how their field of study or future career can play a part in finding solutions. 


October is Legacy Month!

October 2-15: Social Media Contest - #shoutout for a GoPro (details below)

Friday, October 6, 2pm-4pm: 1st Fridays at the Garden
A.S. Campus Community Garden, 8th Street and East San Salvador

Tuesday, October 10, 12pm-2pm: Spartan Legacy Training Academy
Amplifying Your Student Activism Through Strengths Based Leadeship
Diaz Compean Student Union Meeting Room 1B
RSVP required: contact benedicto.llave@sjsu.edu

Thursday, October 19, 6pm-8pm: A Conversation with Franchesca Ramsey
Legacy Month Keyonote Speaker
Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom

Ramsey is an actress, writer and video blogger out of New Yourk City. With over 200K subscribers to her YouTube channel, she produces original videos which include song parodies, impersonations, and original characters along with socially-conscious and topical comedy sketches. Today, she is the host and headwriter for the award winning web series, MTV decoded.

Join the conversation! Tweet us your question @CCCACSJSU or #RootedSJSU_17

Brought to you by
A.S. César E. Chávez Community Action Center
Division of Student Affairs
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Gender Equity Center
MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center

Thursday, October 26, 5pm-8pm: ROOTED – Social Justice Music and Arts Festival
7th Street Plaza
Headliner: Zion I
Arts & crafts, local vendors, live music, graffiti, and more!


#SpartanLegacyShoutout: Instagram Photo Contest

Top 2 best posts win Go Pro cameras!

Give a shoutout to recognize somebody that you feel has contributed to the #SpartanLegacy.
Contest period: October 2-15, 2017
Submission Deadline: 11:59pm, Sunday 10/15

Nominate a San Jose State University student, alumni, faculty, or staff member who you feel has created or left a legacy of social justice on or off campus.
How has this person made a positive difference in their community? How have they inspired others? How do they represent the Spartan Legacy?
The top two Instagram Posts win a GoPro camera, and the nominees will be recognized at the Rooted Social Justice Music and Arts Festival.

Announcement of winners: The Rooted Social Justice Music and Arts Festival, Thursday 10/26, starting at 5pm

How to participate:
1. Follow us at @CCCAC.
2. Comment on the #SpartanLegacyShoutout Instagram photo tagging TWO friends.
3. Snap a photo or video using Instagram.
4. Post your entry photo and description with #SpartanLegacyShoutout

1. Creativity
2. Post/content description
3. # of Hearts/Likes (Top 3 finalists will be posted on the CCCAC Instagram on Monday, October 16. 50% of judging will be based on the popularity of the post.) Your post should tell us how the person you shoutout/nominate represents the Spartan Legacy - Tell us who your nominee is, their hopes or aspirations, and why they’re passionate about a particular cause; - Share with us what they’re involved in (volunteering, clubs/organizations, national organizations, etc.); OR - How do they plan to use what they’ve learned and experience at SJSU to change the world?

Finalists must have a public Instagram account. Finalists will be notified via Instagram or email and must submit the high resolution photo by email when requested. Be sure to save the original Instagram photo in your Camera Roll for your submission. It is advised to get permission from the person you are shouting out before posting.

Note: The person receiving the shoutout need not have an instagram account but should be a San Jose State University current student, alumni, faculty, or staff member. Max of 3 entries per participant