Members of San Jose State's Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination, led by San Jose's independent police auditor and former judge, LaDoris Cordell, have individually submitted their ideas for making the campus a safer and more welcoming place.
A final report is due out later this spring.
Below is a sampling of some of the ideas to be discussed by the task force:
-- Conduct campus climate surveys every four years and make the results available to the public
-- Make it easier for students to report hate crimes or biased conduct based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation -- including anonymously -- with a link on the university's website and a mobile app.
-- Study the academic challenges of African-American and Latino males, who have low graduation rates and "take immediate steps to improve those rates."
-- Recruit female and minority faculty members and ensure they are promoted and tenured
-- Respond immediately to biased conduct and hate crimes
-- Require ethnic studies or a first-year course covering topics of identity, ethics and diversity
-- Expand diversity education for faculty, staff and administrators
-- Organize campus events around topics such as culture and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration, and sexual orientation, with opportunity for discussion
-- Offer workshops for faculty trying to integrate diversity issues into lectures, discussions and assignments
-- Have staff members regularly visit dorm room and meet with residents -- one-on-one or all together -- and make sure staffers are trained to recognize controversial or hate symbols and their potential to create a hostile environment
-- Require staff members to scrutinize roommate agreements shortly after they are signed.
-- Create ethnically or culturally-based theme floors in campus housing, as some students have requested
-- Open an Office of Campus Diversity, led by a vice president for diversity who reports directly to the president
-- Create an emergency response plan for significant incidents on or near campus, including the sharing of factual information to the campus community
-- Promptly notify the campus president of incidents that might constitute hate crimes