The Diversity Dashboard - February 2014

Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach Newsletter


Mary Wardell-GhirarduzziGreetings Community Members, 

2014 has already rung in some wonderful advancements for the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach.

I would like to introduce you to The Diversity Dashboard, our office's quarterly e-newsletter that shares upcoming events, advancements, and opportunities for involvement. In this inaugural e-newsletter, we highlight selected engagement and initiatives convened by the office that have broadened our inclusion capacity within and beyond our campus community. 

Also, I am very pleased to announce that Adriana Broullon has been promoted to the position of Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager. The work of the office has benefited greatly from the role that Adriana has played as the office's first full time employee. As such, we have been fortunate to appoint Christina Tai as our new Program Assistant. Christina has been a passionate and dedicated USF employee with the School of Nursing and Health Professions for over 15 years. We are very excited to have Christina bring that experience to help advance our diversity and community engagement efforts. 

I am confident that these staff changes along with The Diversity Dashboard will progress the university's strategic diversity goals and priorities, as well as enhance our overall efforts to live and promote equity and inclusion within our community. Although we are highlighting the work of this office, as always, we encourage your input and contributions. 


Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
Vice Provost


History & Key Accomplishments
The office was established in 2011 as a key priority for the (then) new Provost Jennifer E. Turpin. At that time, Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi was appointed to lead the new area at USF, to create an office and define strategic institutional goals in the areas of diversity , inclusion, and equity. Read more »

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. Read more »


diversity_speaker_seriesDiversity Speaker Series: "50th Anniversary of the March on Washington"
On August 20th, 2013 the office collaborated with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and the USF School of Law to hold the city’s official celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Over 500 attendees from the community and across the Bay Area joined together on campus to commemorate this historic event by honoring USF’s Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones. Read more »



diversity_scholar_visiting_professorDiversity Scholar Visiting Professor
Clarence B. Jones continues to serve in his second year as the institution’s inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor. In 2012, the office established and institutionalized a program that brings a nationally recognized diversity leader and "living legend" to the campus community. Learn more »




And Still We Rise

And Still We Rise: Building from the Intersections of Race, Class and Gender/Sexuality
In fall 2013 the office launched And Still We Rise a highly successful faculty development program with 18 female faculty participants on campus. The focus of the program began with the stories of women faculty and women faculty of color within an often-contradictory culture of academia. Read more »


Diversity Speaker Series: “Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture”
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”. Watch the video.



ethnic_minority_disssertation_fellowship_liuEthnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The office is now accepting applications for the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship(deadline February 15th, 2014). Read more »




visions_of_successVisions of Success
Every year the Office partners with Epsilon Beta Boule and C.A.R.E.S. (Collaborative for Academics, Recreation and Enrichment for Students) to host a daylong program titled “Visions of Success” at USF. In November 2013, over 90 (predominantly Latino and African American) middle school and high school boys from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District participated in general sessions and workshops facilitated by the three organizations. Read more »



university_council _on_diversity_and_inclusionUniversity Council on Diversity and Inclusion: Co-Chair Model
In January 2012, Provost Jennifer Turpin and Vice Provost Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi launched and established the University Council on Diversity and Inclusion. The first co-chairs appointed to lead the council are: Robert Bromfield, Aouie Rubio, and Shabnam Koirala (pictured above). Read more »





Multicultural Faculty Reception 
Each academic year the office hosts theMulticultural Faculty Reception. It offers a chance for faculty to engage with colleagues from across Colleges and Schools, have some refreshments and light appetizers. The next reception will take place in Fall 2014, the date will be announced at the end of the spring semester.


campus_conversationsCampus Conversations
Each semester, the office collaborates with key campus offices or departments, to present a panel and campus conversations focused on institutional capacity building in the areas where diversity awareness and engagement intersects with our work. These dialogues encourage deep discussion, reflection, and personal engagement and interaction among staff and faculty around issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Read more »


diversity_offfice_learning_sessions_and_advisingDiversity Office Learning Sessions & Advising 
The Vice Provost currently offers Diversity Office Learning Sessions to faculty, staff and students throughout the campus community.Request a presentation for your area.


African American Trustee Tribute
The African American Studies Program initiated a celebration in honor of all the USF African American trustees both past and present. From the Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), the publication of W.E.B. Du Bois's Souls of Black Folk (1903), to the historic March on Washington (1963), and the second Inauguration of Barack Obama (2013), this year provided the USF community a monumental opportunity to recognize the women and men who have made an important difference in support of the ongoing struggle for social justice.  

Over fifty individuals gathered in celebration, including a spoken word performance by USF students and the USF Gospel Choir “The Spiritual Notes” led by Faculty Director Rawn Harbor. View photos.

point_foundation_luncheon_and_receptionPoint Foundation Luncheon and Reception
In 2001, USF alum Carl Strickland co-founded the Point Foundation (PF), the largest LGBTQ scholarship foundation in the world. The PF is a national scholarship fund that empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. 

Since their founding, the organization has raised over $26,000,000 for scholarships in support of LGBTQ students in higher education. Learn more about PF scholarship opportunities »



bay_area_world_presidents_organizationBay Area World President’s Organization Reception at USF
In October 2013 the office hosted the San Francisco Bay Area World Presidents Organization’s Fall 2013 reception, where they commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the March on WashingtonRead more »





united_nations_commissionUnited Nations Commission on the Status of Women: Demystifying the UN
On Saturday, January 25th, 2014 from 1:30 - 4:30pm the office invited USF community members to join NGO delegates to the United Nations (UN) 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), for a close-up of how the UN and its councils and commissions work. Read more »





Save the Date: Dean Trasviña Presents to Campus Community
On Tuesday, February 25th at 4:30pm join USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña for a lively discussion 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. 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. RSVP to the event.

Thank you!

Thank you!
The narrative described in the above newsletter demonstrates only a part of the work of the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. Thus far, we have been able to accomplish all this with just two full time staff members (Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi and Adriana Broullon) and a part time graduate student intern (Dennis Chan).

We are grateful to the many students who have volunteered at our events over the three years we have been open, without whom our events would not be so successful. We are very excited for the many opportunities that 2014 will bring, for our expanded staff, the continued support of the Provost’s Office, as well as the support of our colleagues throughout the campus community and greater Bay Area. Thank you for your continued participation and commitment to expand our collective capacities for equity and inclusion!

Photograph courtesy of Shawn Calhoun. Captured above from left to right: Adriana Broullon, Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Christina Tai, and Dennis Chan.