Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars (EMDS)

Named after the late Esther Madríz, beloved USF professor of sociology who embodied the Ignatian ideals of education of the whole person as a means toward social justice, this living learning community explores the idea of “crossing borders and discovering home.”

Here, borders refer to real and imagined boundaries placed around us as individuals, and as members of various communities.

Esther Madríz Diversity Scholars explore and explode these boundaries to understand the social and political impact upon both those inside and outside, as well as our own place within these structured systems.

Students in second-year standing at USF are eligible to participate in the program. Applications are accepted during the early part of the Spring during a student’s freshman year. See the Living-Learning Communities website for details.