Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor


USF is honored to recognize Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco Poet Laureate and Co-Founding President of the Glide Foundation, as the institution’s second Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor for Fall 2014. Mirikitani’s undergraduate course Poetry and Poverty: Transformation from Dust will explore the issues of poverty and oppression through the use of poetry, personal narrative, and direct community engagement with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

In 2012, the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach established and institutionalized a program that brings a nationally recognized diversity leader and "living legend" to the campus community. In 2012, USF awarded the inaugural professorship to distinguished civil rights leader Clarence B. Jones, who served as advisor, speechwriter and lawyer to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Jones will continue to serve the university community as a diversity scholar through the academic year 14-15, and is currently teaching and undergraduate course From Slavery to Obama within the Politics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Guiding Tenets for Visiting Professor:

  • A living legend or elder of our community who has exemplified social justice and the Jesuit values through their life’s work
  • Situated in the SF/Bay Area
  • May be a scholar, or not an academically trained scholar, but has culturally based knowledge and life experience to share with the USF community
  • Someone who symbolically represents a part of our multicultural American history and can share that experience first-hand through a teaching engagement with USF students 
Book Cover Image 'Love Works' by Janice MirikitaniBook Cover Image 'Beyond the Possible' by Janice Mirikitani and Rev. Cecil WilliamsBook Cover Image 'Beyond the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation' by Clarence JonesClarence JonesClarence Jones (far left), Associate Professor James Taylor (second from left), Bill Cosby (far right), and Another Attendee at USF Commencement Spring 2012