Keep On Keeping On During COVID-19

  • Student Emergency Fund
    • Students with financial needs not related to rent payment can email for more information about the Student Emergency Fund. 
    • Emergency funds are available to USF undergraduate and graduate students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to a temporary hardship related to an emergency situation that may jeopardize their health, safety and/or academic performance. Funds may be granted to students to help alleviate financial hardships that are brought on by these circumstances. All funds must be applied to a designated use that is agreed upon ahead of time.  These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses nor as a consistent supplement to fund the student’s education. Funds cannot be used for drugs, alcohol, or any other unintended use besides the item(s) requested. The limit for funding is a maximum of $300 per student. 
      • Eligibility Requirements:

        1. The applicant must be currently enrolled in the term of request (undergraduate or graduate) at the University of San Francisco.

        2. Other possible resources such as financial aid through USF or federal means must have been considered and determined to be not available or insufficient.

        3. Applicant must be able to provide sufficient evidence or documentation of financial hardship (due to the COVID-19 crisis this has been relaxed).

  • Food Challenges
    • Although the USF Food Pantry is not open at this time, we want to ensure the continuity of access to food. Student Life has compiled a list of community resources that identify local organizations that distribute free food or offer free meals. Also on this list, are included recipes to low-cost meals since many will be preparing their own food with the groceries they will receive from these resources. Student Life has updated the Food Pantry website to include the resources listed in this email. 
  • Technology Challenges
    • If students currently do not have  a computer or the financial means to purchase a laptop, we encourage them to apply to the Student Laptop Program.  If students are experiencing connectivity issues with their internet connectivity, they should follow these tips. If students need assistance with these suggestions they should contact the ITS helpdesk. If a student has absolutely no access to wifi or wired connection in their home, they should contact
  • Housing Challenges
    • For those experiencing difficulties with rent the Office of the Dean of Students has identified a number of resources that may be able to assist students with rent and listed those below. They can also contact the Office of Off-Campus Living
      • Rental Assistance Agencies in San Francisco:

        • Catholic Charities of San Francisco: 
          Services provided: rental assistance for back rent, security deposits, information and referral to appropriate community agencies; 

          Target population: individuals and families residing in San Francisco who are experiencing a temporary financial setback;

          How to apply: intake coordinators can be reached at 415.972.1310 
        • Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC):
          Services provided: rental assistance for tenants residing in the City and County of San Francisco who have fallen behind in their rent due to a temporary financial setback; 

          Target population: families, single adults and youth ages 18-24 (must be a resident of San Francisco county);

          How to apply: Drop-in to the office between 9 am and 11 am Monday-Wednesday, and Friday. The office is located at 1338 Mission Street, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94103.

        • Q Foundation:
          Services provided: security deposit and first month's rent grants and back rent assistance;

          Target Population: adults 18 and over, members of the LGBTQ or HIV+ communities (must be a resident of San Francisco county);

          How to apply: complete the online application 

      • Rental Assistance Resources for Neighboring Counties/Cities:

  • California Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI): The California Department of Social Services will be administering the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project, providing one-time disaster relief assistance to undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19.

  • Immigrant's Rising
  • Bias Education and Resource Team
    • BERT is a University-wide team that works to gather information about bias incidents and to support those individuals who have witnessed, or themselves become a target of, an act of bias. These instances can occur even as most university functions have moved online. 

  • Equity and Inclusion During COVID-19
    • University of California's Office of the President has released a document to guide campuses in creating equitable and inclusive environments during this challenging time. 
  • Crisis Text Line
    • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

  • Mental Health Resources

    • 7 Cups - 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support

    • Active Minds - Active Minds is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults

    • Mental Health Apps - Headspace, Talkspace, Calm, Moodfit, MoodMission

  • Centering Equity Series
    • Sign up for a 90-minute webinar focused on an equity and inclusion-related topic through the Centering Equity Series (CES), a diversity and inclusion education initiative comprised of a series of learning sessions to foster equity-mindedness among staff, faculty, and graduate students in line with USF's Jesuit Catholic mission and values. Topics include disability justice, gender, supporting undocumented students, microaggressions, and diversity at the Jesuit Catholic mission.
  • Discerning Diversity: Friday Morning Conversations with Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
    • Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, on Friday mornings for group discernment in the Ignatian tradition on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These discussions will be followed by an opportunity to connect directly with Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi for 1-1 check-ins. 

      Fridays (3/27, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1)
      10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST
      Join here.
  • Staff Community Building Group
    • A casual way to meet fellow staff members, and get to know one another. Recent conversations have centered around developing a collective voice for staff at USF. Sign on with your lunch and invite a fellow staff member friend!

      12:00 - 1 p.m. PST
      Join here.

  • PACSW Women of USF Monthly Discussion Group

    • Women-identified USF staff and faculty are invited to join this virtual monthly discussion group hosted by the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW).

      3rd Wednesday of each month
      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  
      Join here.

  • La Colectiva of Latinx Staff and Faculty

    • La Colectiva brings together Latinx-identified staff and faculty members at USF who are interested in building community with one another across our campuses.

      3rd Friday of each month
      12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  
      Join here.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Ignatian Tradition.

Serving as the university's institutional equity office, 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.

Areas of Focus

  • Capacity Building & Community Formation - DECO designs spaces of learning and dialogue for faculty, staff, and students through capacity building initiatives and programming, such as our Centering Equity Series learning sessions. We provide thought partnership, advocacy, and mentorship to effectively expand awareness of racial, gender, disability and other equity issues; develop skills for inclusive education; and facilitate the exchange of best practices to advance the success of traditionally underrepresented and disenfranchised university and community populations.
  • Campus Climate & Culture - DECO develops programs and initiatives that respond to current attitudes, behaviors, and experiences of historically underrepresented and disenfranchised university community members. We assess ever-changing campus climate needs while also proactively designing spaces for community building to create and a campus culture in which we all thrive.
  • Community Outreach & Partnerships  - Through community-centered initiatives, DECO welcomes the larger San Francisco community to our campus to facilitate critical partnerships with local, national, and global leaders, as well as other anchor institutions. 
  • Policy Advisement - Through collective discernment processes that acknowledge the full range of community experiences, campus members come together to create and influence institutional policies and processes that can alleviate gaps and build resources. DECO's policy advisement develops a network of experts in various areas of campus equity work.