Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach (DECO) 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.

Upcoming Programs

Campus Climate Update Open Session

A year after the release of the campus climate survey results, faculty, staff, and students are invited to an update from Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi regarding the ongoing university-wide outcomes shaped by the survey results. All community members are encouraged to attend these open sessions, and discuss how the campus community can continue to be engaged in the campus climate process.

  • Monday, April 22 4–5 p.m. Cowell 107
  • Tuesday, April 23 11:45–12:45 p.m. UC 4th Floor Lounge
  • Wednesday, April 24 12–1 p.m. UC 503 (Live-streamed via Zoom)
  • Wednesday, April 24 5–6 p.m. Cowell 107
  • Thursday, April 25 11:45–12:45 p.m. UC 4th Floor Lounge

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.

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.