Jesuit Foundation Grant Initiative


The 6 + YOU Initiative

6 + YOU is a group of 6 projects which, together, create opportunities for us to address racism, and anti-Black racism specifically, in this historical moment.  In addition to these 6 projects, YOU (members of the USF community who would like to participate in this effort) can apply for a small grant to launch a pilot project to address racism.  YOU are an important part of anti-racism work at USF and you bring your own lived experience, expertise and ideas.  We encourage members of our community to dream expansively and apply for a small grant to pursue your own activist ideas.

THE 6 projects

6 + YOU is funded generously by the Jesuit Foundation.  The goal of the 6 projects is to create racially just spaces in and beyond our USF community. 

The 6 projects resonate with the Jesuit Foundation’s and USF’s mission of humanizing programming that educates the whole person, builds our capacity to be a community “for others,” develops a “diverse, socially responsible learning community,” and furthers USF’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student community; their sustainability across time and their potential for rooting within, and growing out of, USF’s collective ground; their ability to address the specific racial justice challenges raised both within USF and outside of it; and their feasibility.  The goal of these 6 projects is to create racially just spaces through this third pandemic and beyond. 

  1. One Community, One Book
  2. Black Student Leadership Fellowship
  3. Learning Across Difference: Understanding the Roots of Anti-Blackness, Whiteness and Racial Bias in the United States, A Course for International Students
  4. Faculty in Conversations on Racial Pedagogy (CORPs)
  5. Cultural Centers Dialogues on Race
  6. Re-imagining the Department of Public Safety


Members of the university community were invited to submit proposals for grants to pursue anti-racism work in areas not already represented in the 6 projects.  We especially encouraged collaborations across USF roles (for instance, staff and students), from populations not strongly represented in or served by the major initiatives (for instance, part-time faculty or student groups). Collaborations with non-USF community groups were also welcome.  At the end of spring 2022, we hope to showcase and celebrate all of the grant recipients and their work.

The following received 6 + YOU grant funding for spring 2022:

Bad Taste in Movies: An Analysis of Blackness in Film
Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton, Doctoral Student
Andrew Carter, Doctoral Student
Noah Morton, Doctoral Student

Black Girls Lives Matter Children's Book Project
Colette Cann, Associate Professor, IME, SOE
Tamara Shiloh, Black womxn owner of Multicultural Bookstore in Richmond, CA

Campus Police & Diversity Campus Forum
USF Debate Team, The Foghorn, USF Campus Police

CODEX Builders: Entrepreneurship for All
June Y. Lee, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco School of Management
Kangle Lin, Undergraduate Student, University of San Francisco School of Management
Yolanda Faye, Undergraduate Student, University of San Francisco School of Management
David Vu, Undergraduate Student, University of San Francisco School of Management

Composition Declarations on the Poetics of Education
Noah Morton, Doctoral Student

DIRE Conversations: Cultivating Allyship, Multicultural Humility, & an Awareness of Self through Thoughtful DIRE (Diversity, Inclusion, Race, and Equity) Conversations among USF School of Education South Bay MFT Students
Dr. Jesus Leyva, Professor
Pier Di Stella, Masters Student
Monica Moore, Masters Student

Intergenerational Working Group for Social Change & San Francisco Village
Alivia Schaffer, Adjunct Faculty
Melanie Velasquez, USF Alum/Student

Public Leadership: Leading Courageous Conversations about Race within the MAPL Graduate Academic Coursework
Kathryn L. Smith, Candidate for the Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL)
Kelly Bare, Faculty, (MAPL) University of San Francisco, School of Arts And Sciences

Racial Identity School Counseling Faculty Study Group
All part time and full time faculty in the USF School Counseling Program will be invited to participate (the program has 13 part time faculty members and 3 full time faculty members)

Racial Literacy through BIPOC Playscripts in Gleeson Library Collection
Eugenie Chan, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Paul Flores, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Stephanie Hunt, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Michelle Torres Maxson, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Florentina Mocanu-Schendel, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Annie Pho, Head of Instruction and Outreach Librarian
Mark Rafael, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Ken Sonkin, Adjunct Professor, Theater
Roberto Varea, Full Professor, Theater
Christine Young, Associate Professor, Theater

“Radical Redistribution”: Reparations for the Black Descendants of Enslaved Africans
Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, Director, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice
Derick Brown, Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
Erin Brigham, Director, Ralph and Joan Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought

Restructuring Curricula through Racial Literacy Rubric
Brian Davis, Doctoral Student, University of San Francisco School of Education
Didem Ekici, EdD, Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco / Golden Gate University

Urban AfroFuturism: A Community Engaged Event Bridging USF’s African American Studies, Leo T. McCarthy Center, SF Urban Film Fest, & the African American Arts & Cultural Center
Ronald R. Sundstrom, Professor of Philosophy and Director of African American Studies Minor program


The following fall 2021 grant-funded projects and recipients of the 6+YOU small grant initiative: 

COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan in the Latinx Community of San Francisco
Gabriela Carrico, Graduate Student

Black Educology Journal Housed in USF, School of Education
Brian Anthony Davis, co-editor, Doctoral Student
Andrew Carter, co-editor, Doctoral Student
Gertrude Jenkins, co-editor, Doctoral Student
Eghosa Obaizamomwan Hamilton, co-editor, Doctoral Student
Noah Morton, co-editor, Doctoral Student

Creating Alignment: Developing an Anti-racist Board to Support an Anti-racist Strategic Plan at the McCarthy Center
Derick Brown, Senior Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
Holly Hogan, Chair, Leo T. McCarthy Center Board of Advisors, USF Law School Alum
Star Plaxton-Moore, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Leo T. McCarthy Center
Karin Cotterman, Director of Engage San Francisco, Leo T. McCarthy Center
Leslie Lombre, Director of Communications, Leo T. McCarthy Center

Environmental Justice is Racial Justice
Glori Simmons, Thacher Gallery
Julia Thompson and Lou Sassoubre, Engineering
David Silver, Environmental Studies

Collective Memory, Ethnic Identity, and Public History: Building Cross-Racial Solidarity in the Bay Area
Dr. Na Li, Research Fellow, Department of History, Zhejiang University, China
Dr. Liang Wang, Professor (effective fall 2021), USF School of Management

Culture Restored
Emebet Aklilu, MPH and MSBH'19, Adjunct Faculty, SONHP Alumni Board member
Dr. Allyson Mayo MSBH'15, Doctor of Behavioral Health. Faculty and SONHP Alumni Board Chair
Carolina Echeverria, Director for Partnerships, SONHP

Radical Parenting Group Community Resources
Nicola A. McClung

Alison Nishiyama, SEM Administration
Amber Armstrong, Enrollment Communications
Candice Adams, Office of Undergraduate Admission
Danielle Castillo, Office of the University Registrar
Mike Hughes, Graduate Enrollment
Ingrid McVanner, Enrollment Data Systems
Joe Vasquez, Enrollment Operations
Kristopher Cavin, Enrollment Operations
Robert Perea, Office of the University Registrar
Rahul Sampat, International Admission
Sarah Ryan, Office of Undergraduate Admission
Stephanie Ortiz-Garcia, Office of Undergraduate Admission

Healing San Francisco's Black Communities
Daniel Mango, USF IME, Human Rights Education

Addressing Bias and Racism in Assessment
Deborah Panter, JD, Associate Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness, Office of the Provost
Jill Ballard, MA, Instructional Designer, Educational Technology Services
Ella Frazer, Program Assistant, Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, College of Arts and Sciences
Katie Hoffman, MFA, Project Manager, Office of the Provost
Monika Hudson, DBA, EdD, Associate Professor, School of Management
Jack Lendvay, PhD, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Environmental Science/Management
Marisa C. McCarthy, MA, Assistant Director of Curriculum Management, Office of the Provost
Star Plaxton-Moore, EdD, Director of Community Engaged Learning Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
Melissa C. Thompson, MA, Associate Director of Research and Assessment, Office of the Provost

Practical Workshops on Countering Oppression in Performing Arts and Beyond
PASJ, STAGES, PASC (faculty, staff + students in each)

Patterns of Collection Zine Project
Dr. Adrienne Johnson, Faculty, Environmental Studies and Faculty Advisor, BIPOC4E Club
Reanne Lacosta, USF Student and President of the BIPOC4E
Black, Indigenous, People Of Color Students for the Environmental Club (BIPOC4E) @ USF

“It’s Not on Us, It’s In Us”: Leading Change Through Health
Amanuel T. Gebre, Master of Public Health Student at USF
Alexandra Gessesse, PhD Student in African American Studies at UC Berkeley

Afropessimism and Anti-Black Racism: A discussion with Frank Wilderson III
El Circulo, a faculty and staff reading group at USF that has been active since 2010.
Tanu Sankalia, Associate Professor, Department of Art + Architecture, College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Rozendal, Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Language, College of Arts and Sciences
Amanda Parris, Adjunct Professor, Philosophy Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Tika Lamsal, Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Language, College of Arts and Sciences
Filip Kovasevic, Associate Professor, International Studies and Politics, College of Arts and Sciences
Spencer Rangitsch, Program Assistant, Politics Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Pedro Lange-Churion, Professor, MCL, College of Arts and Science
John Zarobell, Associate Professor, International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences


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