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

Campus Climate Corner

The findings from last fall’s campus climate survey were presented By Rankin & Associates to the entire community at open sessions on April 30 and May 1. The full report and presentation slides are now available online (myUSF login required). President Fitzgerald will soon name an Implementation Team of students, faculty, and staff charged with soliciting feedback on the survey findings and recommending action steps that USF will implement in the 2018–19 academic year. You can share your feedback by completing a form on the Campus Climate myUSF site.

Working Group on Universal Access

This year saw the launch of the USF Working Group on Universal Access. Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, this group aims to create a culture of universal access by sharing best practices, educating the campus community, and connecting ongoing community efforts towards universal access through a central hub. We see access as a shared responsibility, beyond just compliance, that is intersectional in nature, connected to broader forms of diversity, and an essential part of the Jesuit commitment to care for the whole person. The Working Groups on Universal Access is housed in the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and co-chaired by Emily Nusbaum, Assistant Professor, Department of Learning & Instruction and Tom Merrell, Assistant Dean and Director of Student Disability Services.

Task Force to Support Undocumented Students

The Task Force to Support Undocumented Students is proud to announce the awarding of the first seven Magis Fellowships for Undergraduate Students for the Spring 2018 semester. The fellowship, created through the reallocation of ASUSF reserve funds in 2017, provides opportunities for undergraduate students at the University of San Francisco to contribute to the university’s mission to support undocumented students and the larger undocumented community. The Magis Fellowship provides resources to undocumented students in addition to the Jesuit Community Magis Endowed Scholarship Fund for undocumented graduate students and the Fr. Privett Endowed Scholarship, focused on supporting undocumented undergraduate students. Learn more about resources, news, and updates related to supporting our undocumented community.

University Council on Diversity and Inclusion

The University Council on Diversity and Inclusion and Vice Provost Wardell-Ghirarduzzi would like to recognize and celebrate the leadership of co-chair Aouie Rubio as she departs from the university after 17 years. Aouie served as co-chair for UCDI from its inception in 2011, and has been instrumental in guiding the university in its efforts towards centering equity and justice. We wish her well in her new endeavors.

Congratulations to co-chair Amy Gilgan for receiving the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach 2017-18 Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Award. Both on and off campus, justice guides Amy in a way that holds true to the humanist principles of our Jesuit mission, and her commitment is a source of inspiration for this community.

The Call and Response Storytelling Project

The Call and Response highlights the rich stories, narratives, and testimonies of our community. The result of a two-year partnership with StoryCorps, these recorded dialogues between USF faculty, staff, students, and community members create a storytelling archive edited with the help of Beth Hoffman, Media Studies Professor, and her students.

The second story comes from USF community partner, Adrian Williams, Director of The Village Project. She spoke to Terence Patterson, Professor of Counseling Psychology, in 2016. Listen to the Adrian’s story.

DECO Happenings

This Spring, Vice Provost Wardell-Ghirarduzzi was appointed to the expert faculty of the newly formed Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California, headed by Dr. Shaun Harper. In this role, she will develop equity and inclusion curriculum for higher education leaders. Under her tenure as president of the San Francisco Library Commission, the San Francisco Public Library was awarded the National Library of the Year Award by the American Library Association, the most prestigious library award in the country. Read more about the award.

Vice Provost Wardell-Ghirarduzzi would like to thank graduate intern, Monica Paez, and practicum intern, Liz Lopez, for their outstanding contributions to DECO over the past year. Monica was instrumental in supporting this year’s Latinas in Leadership event as well the campus climate survey process. Liz continues to serve as a graduate student representative for the newly formed Working Group on Universal Access.

And please congratulate Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager, Ria DasGupta, who received the Rising Star Staff Merit Award along with Janine Mixon of the School of Management.