University of San Francisco’s Cultural Centers Diversity Resource Manual


The production of this resource manual would not have been possible without the collaborative effort of dedicated individuals and offices who gave their time and energy to this project. Thank you to numerous HESA practicum students, Cultural Centers student staff, staff from the form office of Multicultural Recruitment and Retention, and many students who provided content and suggestions for this third edition of the Diversity Resource Manual.


As you become a part of the USF and San Francisco community, your presence reflects a broader legacy of struggle by those who came before you. You are here not only because of your hard work and perseverance but also because of the support and love of family, friends, and others who advocated on your behalf to ensure your educational success. The Cultural Centers are here to help ensure that you reach your highest potential at USF. This Resource Manual was designed with you specifically in mind and is full of information that will aid you in your educational career here.

The Diversity Resources Manual is organized around one central question: what does it take to help historically marginalized and underserved students to succeed at USF?

Academic Support

College classes are a whole new level of studying and thinking. It is important to know what resources are available to you, and can support your academic needs. For some students, asking for help might mean getting tutoring, writing help, or finding a study group. For others it might mean getting academic advising to help you stay on track with your major and minor requirements. Even when feeling academically prepared, it is helpful to seek out campus resources to ensure your college success. Your tuition pays for these resources, so don’t forget to use them.  Also, do not miss out on the opportunity to explore different disciplines, and take some interesting and challenging classes that may not have anything to do with your major.

Money and Finances

Figuring out how to pay for your college education can be another stressful part of college life. Set a financial plan early on to help avoid finding yourself in deep debt by the time you graduate. Make sure you understand your financial aid package, and review all financial aid opportunities available to you. Particularly if you will be accepting loans as a way to fund your education or will seek work study opportunities. Take the time to speak openly and honestly with your family and make sure they understand your financial aid as well.

Campus Resources

No one makes it through college on their own. The key is learning how to balance academics, work, and fun. Find your community by exploring the student organizations on campus. Student club and organizations are a great way to meet new people, work on your leadership skills, and learn more about your identity.  You bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as well! So don’t be afraid to share it. Tap into communities where you will be able to learn, share with others what you know, and give back while having a great time.

Community Specific Resources

As you familiarize yourself with the USF campus community, you will have the opportunity to create support systems amongst other students who share similar passions, goals, and backgrounds. Along with the help of your peers, this manual provides you with an array of information that aims to support first-generation college students, undocumented students, and the LGBTQ community in college.

Handling Stress, Transition, and Crisis

At some point, your experience at USF will be challenging. Take a moment to learn about the resources and recognize the signs of crisis and when you are in a bad place. Know that you are not alone in your struggle and that there are people who care about you both on and off campus.

Now that you’ve got a sense of some of the things you need to think about, click this link to explore the DRM!

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