Signature Programs

Lyricist Lounge

Lyricist Lounge is designed for poets, MCs, and singers, to perform their work witnessed by their fellow Dons.

Prior to Fall 2020, the University Center 4th Floor Lounge would transform into Lyricist Lounge, the hippest spot in San Francisco. Students gathered to hear peers address social justice issues, identity expression, experiences of oppression and triumph, and more. We will be reimagining this space of student expression through poetry and music for a virtual, online format, so please follow us through our newsletter or social media for the latest updates!

Cultural Diversity Immersion Workshops

These workshops offer students the opportunity to build skills and knowledge to advocate for racial justice and understand and define their roles in activism. Successful completion of each segment in the series can earn students digital badges to display their skills. 

The full series will contain nine workshops, and they are broken down into three "badge" segments: identity awareness, interpersonal engagement, and solidarity building. Workshops with a badging component provide more than just a live Zoom workshop. Students get access to a Canvas course with additional resources and ways to engage with the content, as well as participate in a reflection activity that is submitted after the workshop. 

Fall 2020 Workshop Dates in the Identity Awareness Badge:

Registration for all Identity Awareness Badge workshops:

Workshop Choice A: Personal Identity - Friday, September 4 from 1-2:30pm PDT via Zoom and Saturday, September 5 from 11am-12:30pm PDT via Zoom

Description: Who are you? Learn about and explore the different facets of your identity and how they intersect and interact with each other. In this workshop, participants will learn about the major 8 social group identities and will examine their salient and dominant identities through activities and community dialogue. Participants who complete this session will begin to cultivate a baseline understanding of intersectionality and how it contributes to how we engage with others.

Workshop Choice B: Cultural Awareness - Friday, September 11 from 1-2:30pm PDT via Zoom and Saturday, September 12 from 11am-12:30pm PDT via Zoom

Description: Engage in difference. Deconstruct your worldview and learn to understand others’ perspectives by building awareness of how we are shaped by our social and cultural influences. In this workshop, participants will explore their experiences with cross-cultural communication and develop their ability to attentively listen and effectively communicate with people of different social and cultural backgrounds.

Workshop Choice C: Social Justice Concepts - Friday, September 18 from 1-2:30pm PDT via Zoom and Saturday, September 19 from 11am-12:30pm PDT via Zoom

Description: The Social Justice Concepts workshop will cover terminology that is used frequently in social justice-based spaces. Workshop participants will explore personal definitions of social justice, expand their understanding of equity, and examine the concepts of “Breadth of Awareness” and “Cycle of Socialization.”

Fall 2020 Workshop Dates in the Interpersonal Engagement Badge:

Registration link is not yet available

Workshop Choice D: Understanding Privilege - Friday, October 2nd from 1-2:30pm PDT via Zoom
Description: What privileges do we hold? And how do we use that privilege for good? Join in this workshop where we will explore our own privileges and how we can encourage the use of privileges in the ways that they benefit others.

Workshop Choice E: Debate versus Dialogue - Friday, October 9th from 1-2:30pm PDT via Zoom

Description: What motivates to choose to debate someone or engage in intentional dialogue? Join in this session where we will explore our own personal experiences and how we choose to respond during difficult situations.

Workshop Choice F: Inclusive Language - Friday, October 16th from 1-2:30pm PDT via Zoom

Description: Bring people together with inclusive language. Come explore the importance of inclusive language and discuss how we can be more thoughtful about our everyday language to include everyone. 

Cafe International

Cafe International is a community space for international students to make friends and learn to live in the multicultural USF campus. We frequently invite representatives from university departments and student organizations to co-host the space to share information about academic life, career development, campus resources, and student activities, as well as cultures and identities represented by our international students. Cafe International opens once a week during the fall and the spring semesters and every other week in summer 2020 in an online format.

End of the Year Ceremonies

Each event is designed to highlight the outstanding work our students have accomplished in the areas of service, academics, and leadership, while affirming the unique challenges and experiences they share.  Academic programs, cultural organizations, and the Cultural Centers unite to host the End of the Year Ceremonies each year. For more information about end of the year ceremonies.

Community Meetups

The Cultural Centers provide spaces for student community-building and dialogue.  Each program will happen once a month, and the communities for the 2020-2021 school year include:

  • Womxn of Color
  • Trans* & Non-binary
  • Grassroots (Activism)