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Each semester the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach partners with different schools at USF and community-based partner organizations to bring panel discussions and forums to campus. These discussions spotlight USF faculty who specialize in critical diversity issues and local leaders working on these issues daily. These thought-provoking dialogues challenge assumptions and demystify controversial subjects surrounding key diversity issues.

The Power of Human Connection

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

University of San Francisco hosted Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor Janice Mirikitani in conversation with Chip Conley, veteran CEO/Hotelier and New York Times Bestselling Author.

Ms. Mirikitani, San Francisco's second Poet Laureate, shared poetry from her latest book "Out of the Dust", reflecting on her career and life-long legacy of social justice work in the heart of San Francisco.

Event Sponsors:
Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
Office of the Provost
Critical Diversity Studies
Asian Pacific American Studies

From High School Dropout to San Francisco's First Latino District Attorney

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

University of San Francisco hosted District Attorney George Gascón in conversation with former California State Senator Art Torres (Ret.), J.D. In celebration of National Latino Heritage Month and Constitution Day, District Attorney Gascón shared his personal story, reflected on his career, and the moments that have defined his leadership as the nation’s first Police Chief to become a District Attorney, and as former Assistant Chief at the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief of Police in Mesa, Arizona and Chief of Police in San Francisco.

Event Sponsors:
Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Services and the Common Good
USF School of Law
Office of Strategic Enrollment Management

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50 Years Since the Civil Rights Act: Training the Next Generation of Lawyers and Leaders

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

On Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 the University Council on Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach sponsored a presentation by the USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña, in his first campus-wide discussion. Dean Trasviña engaged audience members on the impact felt today from the civil rights laws enacted in the 1960s and the role of young people in the continued expansion of liberty in our nation’s history. He shared how today’s DREAMers for immigrant rights follow in the proud footsteps of students before them over the past two centuries advocating for equality and recognition.


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Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The highly anticipated first public presentation by School of Education's new Dean Kevin Kumashiro was held in November 2013 sponsored with the University Council on Diversity and Inclusion (UCDI). Dean Kumashiro presented findings from his latest book and scholarly work titled Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture”. Over three hundred attendees gathered to hear the Dean discuss the current debates on educational reform that seem to unquestioningly place blame on public school teachers, teacher unions, and teacher educators for all that is wrong with schools, with little critical questioning of the real, systemic problems. His presentation highlighted the common and commonsensical ways that both the American public and influential leaders think about the problems and solutions for our nation's schools, and suggests ways to see the bigger picture and reframe the debate. Watch the video.

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

On August 20, 2013 the Office of Diversity Engagement & Community Outreach collaborated with the Office of the Mayor for the City and County of San Francisco to hold the city’s official celebration for the "50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom". Over 500 attendees from our community and across the Bay Area joined us on campus to commemorate this historic event by honoring USF’s Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones.

The event began with a brief presentation of speakers at 6:00pm, including the San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, USF Immediate Past President Stephen A. Privett S.J., Provost Jennifer E. Turpin, the SF City Administrator (and alumni) Naomi Kelly, spoken word and Youth Speaks representative Monet Boyd, and many more. The event concluded with a keynote speech by Dr. Jones, who was honored by both the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office for his work with Martin Luther King Jr. behind the scenes at the March on Washington and during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Jones served as a close confidant, legal counsel, and speechwriter to Martin Luther King Jr. He also wrote part of King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech, and personally smuggled out the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." He accepted the awards on behalf of the civil rights leaders who gave their lives for the cause.

Earlier in the day, Jones was interviewed by national news outlets ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. He teaches two courses at USF, From Slavery to Obama and The Art of Advocacy Speech Writing.

Guest Speakers included:

  • Clarence B. Jones - Martin Luther King Jr.'s former lawyer and advisor, Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor, University of San Francisco
  • The Honorable Edwin M. Lee - Mayor, City and County of San Francisco
  • Jennifer E. Turpin - Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, University of San Francisco
  • John Trasviña - Dean of the School of Law, University of San Francisco
  • Joseph E. Marshall Jr. - Executive Director, Alive and Free/Omega Boys Club
  • Naomi Kelly - City Administrator, City and County of San Francisco
  • Sheryl Evans Davis - Commissioner, San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Susan Belinda Christian - Commissioner, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Color Blind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics & the Retreat from Racial Equity

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach facilitated the visit of renowned anti-racist author, essayist, and educator, Tim Wise to USF. Over 700 students, faculty, and staff attended from USF including community members from across the Bay Area. In his lecture, Mr. Wise discussed the pitfalls of "colorblindness" in the Obama era. He argued against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice. He argued that we can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity through illuminated individualism-acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped our perceptions and the role that race continues to play in the maintenance of disparities between whites and people of color in the United States today.

A Conversation with Clarence B. Jones: 21st Century Challenges
from the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, together with the Office of the Provost and the Black Student Union, hosted an“Inside the Actor’s Studio” style dialogue and community event with civil rights activist and inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones. Dr. Jones was the personal attorney, speechwriter, and advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The conversation was moderated by Ray Taliaferro, legendary Bay Area broadcast personality as former KGO News radio host and political commentator.

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Women Telling the News: Television Newswomen at USF

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Office of the Provost, the Office of Diversity Engagement & Community Outreach, the Department of Media Studies and the Minor in Journalism presented a panel discussion with five award-winning women in television journalism. The conversation dealt with: their careers, including managing family life and news deadlines, how to get into the business of news reporting, the state of the video news industry in the digital era, and how race and gender influence their work. The panel was moderated by Professor Teresa Moore of the Media Studies Department.

Panelists:

  • Belva Davis, Pioneering broadcast journalist and host of "This Week in Northern California" on KQED
  • Anna Duckworth, KCBS radio reporter and former television reporter
  • Jana Katsuyama, KTVU reporter
  • Valerie Coleman Morris, former business anchor for CNN domestic and international
  • Vicky Nguyen, NBC investigative Bay Area reporter and former USF valedictorian

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Urban Education: Reframing the Conversation About the Achievement Gap, Part II

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Listen to the panel discussion that took place on Street Soldiers Radio (KMEL 106.1 FM); a continuation of the discussion on the “achievement gap” and the state of urban education, hosted by Dr. Joe Marshall, Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club, with a guest appearance by Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice Provost of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at USF.

Panelists:

  • Patrick Camangian, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education
  • Katrina Traylor, Co-Director, June Jordan School of Equity, San Francisco
  • Deborah Estell, Coordinator, Leadership Academy, Omega Boys Club
  • Noah Borrero, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education

Urban Education: Reframing the Conversation About the Achievement Gap

Wednesday, February, 22, 2012

The University of San Francisco’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, the USF School of Education, and the Omega Boys Club presented a panel discussion exploring the root causes and potential solutions to the “achievement gap” affecting disadvantaged students in urban schools. The forum was moderated by Dr. Joseph E. Marshall Jr., co-founder and executive director of the Omega Boys Club.

Expert Panelists:

  • Patrick Camangian, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education
  • Katrina Traylor, Co-Director, June Jordan School of Equity, San Francisco
  • Deborah Estell, Coordinator, Leadership Academy, Omega Boys Club
  • Noah Borrero, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education

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Photos by Shawn P. Calhoun