Keep On Keeping On During COVID-19

  • USF COVID-19 Updates and Resources
    • Stay updated with USF's COVID-19 communications, policies, procedures, and resources for students, staff, and faculty. 
  • 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.