Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach Newsletter

May 2014

Mary Wardell-GhirarduzziGreetings Community Members, 

In this edition of our quarterly e-newsletter The Diversity Dashboard, I am pleased to announce the growth of one of the university's most successful diversity pipeline programs for faculty, the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Recent campus dialogue has shown a spotlight on this program, which has a demonstrated record of recruiting top scholars from across the nation to USF. Many distinguished faculty have come to our institution through this program, view the list of past and present fellows.  

Campus climate and culture has been an important topic this spring. On Thursday, March 27, 2014 a coalition of students of color successfully launched an educational demonstration for our community, led by student leaders from various culturally focused student organizations. Out of this demonstration emerged multiple opportunities for student leaders to engage in deep conversation with USF senior administrators, the student community, and USF staff and faculty.  

I thank those student leaders, faculty, and staff who made the personal commitment to dedicate their time and effort to improving our community for the many generations that will follow us here at USF. They have truly modeled for us all how to: "Change the world from here."


Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
Vice Provost 


Provost Names 2014-15 Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellows
For the first time in the successful history of this 20 year-long program, USF will support three fellows for the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship in academic year 2014-15. On Monday, May 5, 2014 Provost Jennifer E. Turpin and Vice Provost Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi approved fellows in the following areas (pictured above from left to right):

  • Jacklynn Hawkins, Master of Public Health Program, School of Nursing & Health Professions.
  • Rigoberto Marquez, Department of Leadership Studies and Department of International and Multicultural Education, School of Education.
  • Nicole Gonzales Howell, Department of Rhetoric and Language, College of Arts & Sciences.
gender_neutral_restroomGender Neutral Restroom Signage Installed at USF

In an effort to provide an equitable environment for trans and gender-variant presenting community members, USF has installed Gender Neutral Restroom signage in the following restrooms: UC410, ED319 and 320, and PH229. Since 2011, the School of Nursing and Health Professions has had gender neutral signage for the single-use bathroom on the first floor of Cowell Hall near the reception area.



staff_diversity_intensive_Save the Date: Staff Diversity Intensive Offered in August
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 the Diversity Office will offer the first USF Staff Diversity Intensive to expand personal awareness and sensitivity for inclusion. Join us for a five hour workshop at the African American Arts & Cultural Complex in the Western Addition from 9:30am-2:30pm, led by expert USF faculty and scholars. Learn more »

from_slavery_to_obama_online_courseFrom Slavery to Obama, USF Launches Historic Politics Course Online 
In Fall 2014, USF will launch the online version of From Slavery to Obama, an undergraduate course designed and taught by nationally recognized Civil Rights activist Clarence B. Jones. In 2012, the Diversity Office brought Dr. Jones to USF as the first USF Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor. Since that time, Dr. Jones has continued to teach both undergraduate and graduate students, and in 2013 USF produced the audio book version of his latest book Behind the Dream.

second_cohort_and_still_we_riseSecond Cohort of And Still We Rise Concludes Successfully
Over the last academic year, the Diversity Office created and facilitated a dinner discussion series for female-identified faculty and female faculty of color. In April, sixteen faculty participants shared with the Provost, Vice Provost and Deans, the salient narratives, challenges, and opportunities that emerged out of the discussions. In Fall 2013, eighteen faculty participated in the program's inaugural cohort.

allies_in_the_academyAllies in the Academy
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 USF. 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 discussion. The framework of the program aims to affirm and strengthen existing relationships and allyship among staff members at USF.
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undocumented_students_taskforceTask Force on Support and Services for Undocumented Students
In January 2014, the Diversity Office oversaw the creation of the Task Force on Support and Services for Undocumented Students at USF. Under the advisement of Vice Provost Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, and the leadership of task force Chair Professor Genevieve Negron-Gonzales, the task force will be presenting recommendations to the Provost Council in May 2014 and providing an overview of current resources available for undocumented students at USF.

alpha_phi_alphaAlpha Phi Alpha Membership Restored at USF
Professor Richard Gregorry Johnson III, along with Vice Provost Peter Novak, and Assistant Vice Provost Gregory Wolcott worked with the leadership of Alpha Phi Alpha, a Black Greek organization for men, to restore their membership at USF. In June 2014, USF will host the annual sponsorship reception for the National Pan-Hellenic Council Alumni Chapters for the Bay Area.


select_committee_on_campus_climateVice Provost Presented at State Select Committee on Campus Climate
On Friday, March 21 Vice Provost Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi presented to lawmakers at the first hearing for the California State Select Committee on Campus Climate at San Jose State. The Vice Provost was the first guest speaker in the hearing, and was asked to define and describe campus climate, to help lawmakers to set a framework for the committee. 
Watch the hearing »

fifty_years_since_civil_rights_actSchool of Law Dean John Trasviña's First Campus Wide Presentation
In February, School of Law Dean John Trasviña gave a campus-wide presentation where he discussed the impact felt today from the Civil Rights laws enacted in the 1960s, and the role of youth in the continued expansion of liberty in our nation's history. 
Watch the presentation »

mayoral_stakeholder_community_forumMayoral Stakeholder Community Forum: Diversity, Innovation & Jobs of the Future
This March over 200 community leaders and service providers from both the public and private sectors converged at USF to attend the inaugural Mayoral Stakeholder Community Forum. Attendees participated 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. Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Pernmanente, Bernard J. Tyson gave the keynote address, that was followed by a "visionaries" panel discussion and group dialogues. 
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