Re-imagining Public Safety

In the wake of the most recent murders of Black community members by armed officers, students at USF have called for the defunding or dismantling of the Department of Public Safety Department at USF. National concern over state violence against Black bodies is a concern on our own campus. Black students and their allies have called on USF to examine its own practices and to consider a new way of thinking about safety and wellness for our community. What does this mean and what would it look like? 

This project provides race training to officers in the Department of Public Safety as well as a series of forums on race and policing for the entire USF community. The purpose of this project then is to continue the education of DPS as well as the broader USF community so that the campus can remain committed to and engaged with the project of reimagining policing on campus.

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Spring 2022 Events

April 28, 2022 Forum on Diversity in Campus Policing

This campus forum, featuring USF's Debate Team, addressed why diversity in campus policing matters with regard to both safety and social justice.  This forum was funded by the 6 + YOU initiative.  

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Spring 2021 Events

February 23, 2021 Webinar

On February 23rd, the Jesuit initiative hosted its first public webinar series on race and policing.  The webinar was covered in USF News. The webinar featured San Francisco District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, Professor Rhonda Magee, Professor Darrick Smith, and Senior Director of the McCarthy Center, Derick Brown.  To view a recording of the event, please click here.

April 13, 2021 Webinar

On April 13, 6 + YOU hosted a conversation between Andrea Ritchie and Dean Spade.  The recording of the event is now available.

Below are books written by Andrea Ritchie and Dean Spade:

Below are resources that were shared during the event:

April 27, 2021 Webinar

On April 27, 6 + YOU hosted a conversation among academics whose work focuses on policing and the university.  The recording of the event is now available.

Lead Office on Campus

Department of Public Safety

  • Dan Lawson, Director

Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI)

  • Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Vice Provost

Humanizing Instruction Subcommittee Liaison 

  • Colette Cann

Connection to the Jesuit Foundation Mission

National concern over state violence against Black bodies is a concern on our own campus. Black students and their allies have called on USF to examine its own practices and to consider a new way of thinking about safety and wellness for our community. This initiative proposes to provide race training to officers in the Department of Public Safety and asks them to use this knowledge and learning to help them more empathetically hear the concerns of the community during open forums. This training will further be applied to the reimagining of their unit.

Timeline

  • Fall 2020: Starting mid-November, a team of race educators will lead a six-week dialogue and anti-racism training for members of the Department of Public Safety.

  • Spring 2021: ADEI and the Department of Public Safety will host monthly forums led by nationally-recognized leaders in race and policing. Three forums in Spring 2021 will serve as educational gatherings for the USF community.

  • Fall 2021-Spring 2022: Officers who attended the Fall 2020 course and the Spring 2021 forums will meet regularly to re-imagine safety at USF.