Stakeholder Community Forums

"By leveraging the community's capacity for change and USF's commitment to social justice, our hope is to advance and strengthen existing pathways for education, workforce preparation, and family sufficiency."

Collaborative Framework for University/Community Engagement: Stakeholder Forum Model at the University of San Francisco

In Fall 2013, the office developed and launched a new institutional initiative and framework for university-community engagement that embodies the values of the Jesuit Catholic tradition. This initiative is a community outreach and engagement program focused on enhancing and building key relationships with diverse community leaders throughout the city of San Francisco, building organizational capacity through intercultural engagement, inclusive dialogues and learning experiences.

As the city's first university, USF has a 157-year commitment to education and takes seriously its responsibility to be a convener of discussions that matter to the city and its community members. By leveraging the community's capacity for change and USF's commitment to social justice, our hope is to advance and strengthen existing pathways for education, workforce preparation, and family sufficiency.

Mayoral Stakeholder Community Forum

MSCF HeaderOn Friday, March 7th, 2014, the University of San Francisco launched the inaugural Mayoral Stakeholder Community Forums. Over 200 community leaders from across the City and County of San Francisco including public and private sectors converged at the University to participate in an in-depth dialogue highlighting the most innovative ventures, policies, and programs that advance diversity in the job sector within the San Francisco Bay Area. The Forum facilitated a conversation to help advance the inclusion and engagement of diverse, disconnected, and disproportionally impacted San Franciscans in the public discourse, economic opportunities and vibrant social life of the city. 

Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson gave the keynote address which was followed by a visionaries panel discussion and small breakout sessions.

Hosted by: 

University of San Francisco Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission 
San Francisco Human Rights Commission 
City & County of San Francisco Office of the Mayor

Next Steps

Pathways to Success for Urban Communities with a Focus on Housing

On Monday, November 4th, 2013 the University of San Francisco hosted over 80 community leaders from around the Bay Area for a dialogue focused on meeting the challenges in educating the whole student in urban communities and public housing. Guest speakers included City Administrator Naomi Kelly, SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza, Mayor's Education Advisor Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, USF School of Education Dean Kevin Kumashiro, USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña, and more. 

Pathways to Success for Urban Communities with a Focus on Housing Partners:

California Department of Education
City and County of San Francisco Office of the Mayor
Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Unified School District
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
USF School of Education
USF School of Law
USF Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

Forum Strategic Outcomes

The University of San Francisco served as a conduit and leader in the community for the common good to:
  • Strengthen relationships among key San Francisco stakeholders for collaborative partnerships
  • Create greater awareness and understanding of the current resources and initiatives throughout the city and county for children, youth, and families in public housing
  • Facilitate conversations to address challenges, issues, and opportunities in urban education
  • Identify educational opportunities and research priorities for agencies serving urban children and youth
  • Leverage the institution's intellectual capital and resources to provide services in urban communities
  • Give voice to the recommendations already provided by residents in urban communities and public housing
  • Enhance and support existing pathways to family sufficiency within urban communities