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Program Overview:

October 15th - November 19th, 2014
Every Wednesday
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall

USF staff members are invited to apply for the Fall 2014 cohort of Allies in the Academy, a discussion series held for six weeks over dinners at the University of San Francisco. The focus of the program begins from the stories of female-identified staff and staff women of color within an often-contradictory culture of academia.

The program uses a series of edited narratives from Unlikely Allies in the Academy: Women of Color and White Women in Conversation as the basis and guide for meaningful dialogue and discussion for change. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to gather together for a person-centered and self-affirming dialogue. The framework of the program aims to affirm and strengthen existing relationships and allyship among staff members at USF in the context of our shared mission in Jesuit education.

Participation in the program costs $150 (departments are asked to contribute these fees as a professional development opportunity for the participating staff member). A light dinner will be served at each session. Space is limited to 18 participants, and part time staff are encouraged to apply. Attendees will receive a copy of the book Unlikely Allies in the Academy

Program Outline:


Session 1 – October 15
Origins and the Need for Conversation
Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Unlikely Allies, Part I: Chapters 1 - 2
Facilitators: Aouie Rubio (Online Education) and Karin Cotterman (Leo T. McCarthy Center)

Session 2 – October 22
Women of Color Talk
Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Unlikely Allies, Part II: Chapters 3 - 7
Facilitators: Shabnam Koirala-Azad and Susan Katz (School of Education)

Session 3 – October 29 
Allies and Friends: Women of Color in White Space
Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Unlikely Allies, Part III: Chapters 8 - 11
Facilitators: Barbara Thomas (Counseling & Physiological Services) and Dellanira Garcia (School of Nursing and Health Professions)

Session 4 – November 5
Women of Color and White Women in Conversation: Holding Hands in the Woods
Berman Room, Fromm Hall
Unlikely Allies, Part IV: Chapters 12 - 16
Facilitators: Charlene Lobo Soriano (CASA) and Susan Prion (School of Nursing & Health Professions)

Session 5 – November 12
Finding Closure and Writing Our Stories
Berman Room, Fromm Hall
Facilitators: Alejandro Covarrubias (Intercultural Centers) and Kate Carter (Admissions)
**This session will extend to 8:00pm in preparation for the final session**

Session 6 – November 19
Strategies & Continued Support
Maraschi Room, Fromm Hall
Facilitators: Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi (Office of Diversity Engagement) and Julia Dowd (University Ministry)

This program is part of an institutional initiative developed through the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. Allies in the Academy further advances our commitment to: enrich university and community engagement; promote inclusive dialogue, interpersonal experiences, and intercultural appreciation; and support a thriving campus community, culture and climate.

Program Sponsors:
Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
University Council for Jesuit Mission
Office of the Provost