Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach seeks to promote a campus climate and culture that values diversity in all its forms through inclusive dialogues, interpersonal experiences, and Intercultural appreciation; in support of a thriving campus climate and inclusive excellence.

Program Highlights

USF DIVERSITY SCHOLAR AND VISITING PROFESSOR

Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor (DSVP) is civil rights leader Dr. Clarence B. Jones, who served as advisor, speechwriter and lawyer to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently teaching and undergraduate course "From Slavery to Obama" within the Critical Diversity Studies Department. 

RACIAL JUSTICE IN CATHOLIC HIGHER EDUCATION DIALOGUE SERIES

Using readings and activities, participants of the dialogue series explored the Catholic Church’s institutional response to racial injustice and identified how systemic racism also affects campus climate. The six-week series is based on the book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010) by Bryan Massingale. The series is co-facilitated by Dr. Ursula Aldana and Dr. Jane Bleasdale, Assistant Professors in the Catholic Education Leadership Program in the USF Department of Leadership Studies.

LATINAS IN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Forum attendees explored the multifaceted ways in which intersectional identities shape how Latinas move through the world, build bridges, and thrive. Local leaders, activists, and original thinkers in the areas of healthcare, community development, performing and visual arts, business, and technology offered their stories, challenges, and triumphs. The conference was part of the USF Stakeholder Community Forum Series, which addresses issues that impact diverse and disproportionately represented communities in the public discourse.

USF ACTION STEPS

In sharing with BSU and ASUSF a vision for a genuinely inclusive community for all, the president has outlined action steps to which the university’s senior leaders are committed.  Read more.