Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach Newsletter
Greetings 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.
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
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):
Gender Neutral Restroom Signage Installed at USF
- 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.
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.
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, 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 of And Still We Rise Concludes Successfully
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 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.
Learn more >>
Task 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 Alpha Membership Restored at USF
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.
Vice 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 »
School 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 Forum: Diversity, Innovation & Jobs of the Future
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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