Legacy Month
Legacy Week





diana.victa@ symbolsjsu.edu



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 10-13, Monday-Thursday

SJSU Spartans are known for leaving a legacy of social justice in and outside of our campus. Join CCCAC for a week of leadership and social justice workshops and events. Be inspired: Define Your Spartan Legacy!

Live Stream Jose Antonio Vargas


#SpartanLegacy: Instagram Photo Contest Up for Grabs

Top 2 best posts win Go Pro cameras!

Legacy Week Instagram Competition

Contest period: October 3-12, 2016
Submission Deadline: 12:00pm, Wednesday 10/12
Announcement of winners: Legacy Rally, 1:30pm, Thursday 10/13, Smith Carlos Lawn.

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

1. Creativity
2. Post/content description
3. # of Hearts/Likes (Top 5 finalist will be posted on the CCCAC Instagram on Thursday, October 13. 50% of judging will be based on the popularity of the post.)

Your post should tell us how it represents you #SpartanLegacy
- Tell us who you are, your hopes or aspirations, and why you're passionate about a particular cause;
- Share with us twhat you're involved in (volunteering, clubs/organizations, national organizations, etc.); OR
- How do you plan to use what you'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.


Spartan Speaker Series: Jose Antonio Vargas

Monday, October 10, 2016

7pm: Student Union Ballroom

A conversation about leadership and social justice led by Pultizer Prize winner, founder of #EmergingUS, and producer of the documentary White People, Jose Antonio Vargas.


Legacy Workshop: Become a Change Agent!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

6:00pm: Student Union, Second Floor - Meeting Room 1B

Facilitated by Sacred Heart and SJSU alum: How to become a change agent and a steward of the community.


Legacy Workshop: Documenting Your Movements – What Makes a Social Justice Short Film?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Student Union, Second Floor - Meeting Room 1B

Facilitated by Fay Darmawi from San Francisco Urban Film Festival (SFUFF): How to film and document social justice movements.


LEGACY RALLY: WE ARE SJSU! Join the CCCAC in celebration of Spartan Legacy! Rally with campus partners!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

1:00pm: Smith/Carlos Lawn

Learn about different issues surrounding our community. Network with social justice-related departments and student organizations. Announcement of #SpartanLegacy Instagram Photo contest


Thursday, October 13, 2016

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Starbucks – Student Union Basement Level

Join the CCCAC in collaboration with MOSAIC Cross-Cultural Center for an evening of performances. Sign-up for open mic starts at 5:30pm.