Diversity and inclusion are celebrated on campus in a multitude of ways; one method of promoting these organizational values internally is by creating opportunities for deep discussion and reflection amongst staff and faculty.
Every semester the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, in collaboration with Human Resources Professional Development, presents a series of panel and group discussions 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.
Religious Diversity: Faith as Identity and Inclusion
April 2, 2013
McLaren, Room 251
The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, University Ministry and Human Resources had a dynamic panel discussion that provided faculty and staff with a unique opportunity for learning, sharing and reflection. Panel members of various religious backgrounds and traditions will explore the topics of interfaith respect and cooperation, and faith as identity and inclusion. The discussion will be facilitated by Donal Godfrey, S.J., Associate Director, University Ministry. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Mary Wardell, Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach.
- Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair, International Multicultural Education Department, School of Education
- Andrew Elias Ramer, Adjunct Professor, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, College of Arts & Sciences
- Bruce Wydick, Ph.D., Professor of Economics & International Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
October 2, 2012
A dynamic panel of USF faculty and staff led us in exploring the concept of bias through a discussion of values and diversity. In the discussion, panelists reflected on personal values and value systems, as well as personal experiences, and how these may contribute to personal biases and may impact interpersonal interaction and engagement around diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Community Engagement facilitated the conversation among several of our distinguished colleagues, who agreed to share their thoughts as panelists.
- Rhonda V. Magee, J.D., M.A., Professor of Law, School of Law; Interim Co-Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
- Elena Flores, Ph.D., Professor, Counseling Psychology, School of Education
- Peter Novak, Ph. D., Vice Provost for Student Life; Professor, Theater, Arts & Sciences
- Julia Dowd, Director of University Ministry
March 27, 2012
Several of our distinguished colleagues reflected on Ignatian spirituality and diversity, and discussed the influence of these values on our work as higher education faculty and staff. This event provided attendees with insights into the interrelated issues of learning and cultural competency, as well as providing the opportunity to ask questions. The panel was lead by Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach.
Photos by Shawn P. Calhoun