Centering Equity Series (CES) Learning Sessions

The Centering Equity Series (CES) is a diversity and inclusion education initiative comprised of a series of learning sessions to foster equity-mindedness among staff, faculty, and students in line with USF's Jesuit Catholic mission and values. Equity-mindedness embodies “actions that demonstrate individuals’ capacity to recognize and address structures, policies, and practices that produce and sustain inequities” (Bensimon, Center for Urban Education).

CES participants will:

  • be better able to situate themselves within the context of complex social issues;
  • gain foundational knowledge on terms, concepts, and issues related to privilege, power, and marginalization through an intersectional lens;
  • hone their skills for implementing new knowledge into their daily practice, within their department or spheres of influence, and into programs or curriculum;
  • learn to connect campus climate to social and systemic issues. The current series includes sessions focused on disability, gender, race, and class.

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CES Learning Sessions Descriptions

The purpose of the Disability 101 diversity intensive is to give participants an introduction to the social and cultural understanding of disability with an emphasis on multiple marginalized identities. This effort strives to build a more humanized cultural understanding of disability, and move away from compliance-based dominant perceptions of disability and disabled people.

This session unfolds multidimensional diversity, where key principles (Ignatian discernment, cura personalis, magis, preferential option for the poor, etc.) of the Jesuit tradition converge, as a strategic mission that fashions the Jesuit tradition since 1540. Diversity is the horizon where the Jesuits and collaborators build the future with people from different sociocultural, sexual, racial or religious identities.

In this session, participants will gain foundational knowledge about sex, gender identity, gender expression, and types of attraction; romantic and sexual orientation, within a socio-historical context. The purpose of the Gender 101 session is to promote gender equity on the USF campus by educating staff and faculty on foundational terms and concepts pertaining to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual issues.

“Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership." - Derald Wing Sue


In this session, participants will gain a fundamental awareness of what microaggressions are (and are not) and have an opportunity to develop skills to navigate their impact. The purpose of the Microaggressions 101 session is to promote an equitable campus culture where students, faculty, and staff can expect to thrive as their whole selves. The session is for those who would like to understand microaggressions in relation to their own experiences as well as those who would like to be better able to support campus community members who are likely to experience microaggressions as a result of their marginalized identities.

In this session, participants will deep dive into Transgender identities, experiences, and issues through exploring a mosaic of transgender stories and knowledge. The purpose of the Trans 101 session is to promote allyship and gender equity on the USF campus by educating staff and faculty on foundational concepts pertaining to meeting the needs of Transgender people and grappling with issues they face on an individual, social and systemic level.

Attending Gender 101 is strongly encouraged prior to enrolling in this session.

In this session, participants will gain foundational knowledge of the nuances of navigating higher education as an undocumented student through understanding local, state, national as well as campus policies. The purpose of the UndocuAlly session is to promote equity on the USF campus by educating staff and faculty on foundational concepts that can be applied to understand and address issues undocumented students face on an individual, social, and systemic level.