Éstom Jámani Hall is named for the “Middle Mountains,” the buttes rising from the valley floor south of Chico. The phrase reflects what the area was known as by the Mechoopda and other surrounding Maidu tribes prior to colonial contact. Pronunciation: Es-tohm Yo-mah-ni.
From its opening in 2010 to 2023, the building was known as Sutter Hall after our neighboring county, which is named for John Sutter. After thoughtful consideration and a thorough research-based examination of John Sutter’s legacy, the University renamed it to ensure that we foster an environment where all students, faculty, and staff feel a sense of belonging.