In January 2012, Provost Jennifer Turpin and Vice Provost Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi launched and established the University Council on Diversity and Inclusion. The co-chair leadership structure of the council reflects the collaborative model of the council's inclusive community efforts. The first co-chairs appointed to lead the council are University Registrar & Associate Dean, Robert Bromfield; Director of Operations, Aouie Rubio; and Associate Dean, Shabnam Koirala-Azad. In Fall 2013 the council hosted it's first university-wide event with School of Education's Dean Kevin Kumashiro. The council continues to grow and review campus initiatives and communicate diversity efforts as the campus climate changes.
The University of San Francisco strives to promote safe, affirming, and inclusive communities for all students, faculty, and staff to learn and work together in alignment with the university's mission.
These communities are enriched by the presence of people of different abilities, ages, colors, creeds, cultures, races, ethnicities, family models, gender identities, gender expressions, health statues, nationalities, political views, religious, spiritual, and philosophical beliefs, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, educational backgrounds, and veteran statuses.
The Council works with the Vice Provost of Diversity Engagement & Community Outreach to provide advice support, input, and recommendations on all aspects of diversity implementation at the University of San Francisco. This includes current efforts or emerging opportunities in diverse recruitment and retention, curricular and co-curricular initiatives, community outreach, campus climate, and diversity related professional development. The co-chairs will work directly with the Vice Provost to expand the University's efforts in these areas.
The council will meet with the co-chairs for up to two regular meetings in an academic year (once during the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester).