What is BERT?

What is BERT?

The University of San Francisco's Bias Education and Resource Team (BERT) is a University-wide team that works to provide support and resources around acts of bias to those individuals who have witnessed, or themselves become a target of, an act of bias. It is a collaborative effort between the Offices of Student Life, Dean of Students, Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach (DECO) and Human Resources.

BERT is intended to educate the USF community and support those who experience bias and harassment. Actions taken by BERT in pursuit of these goals will be grounded in the University's mission and values as a Jesuit Catholic institution committed to equity and social justice. BERT strives to foster respectful and humanizing free expression of ideas, beliefs, and opinions.

What does the Bias Education and Resource Team do? 

The fundamental role of BERT is to:

  1. To provide affected individuals and communities a space to have their voices heard
  2. To provide opportunities for education to mitigate or prevent similar occurrences in the future
  3. To ensure a comprehensive and timely response to bias incidents

To meet our mission, BERT is comprised of 3 teams:

EDUCATION TEAM: The role of this team is to serve as clearing house of resources and programming around events and media (print & online) for the university. The goal of the team is to assist with communications and publications around incidents of bias in the community and to serve as a resource to the BERT response team, administrators, and campus community.

RESOURCE TEAM: The resource team is  made up of the Dean of Students and a designee (and process advocates when applicable). These members oversee and coordinate the assignment and process of incoming BERT reports.  

PROCESS ADVOCATES: Process Advocates provide support and resources for impacted parties. These individuals are available to meet with impacted parties to serve as an advocate throughout the process.