Past Events


November 13, 2013

A Celebration of the 110th Anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk
African American Studies Program presents dramatic readings of W.E.B. Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk and a musical performance by USF's Gospel Choir, "The Spiritual Notes." View the video online.
12:45 PM, Lo Schiavo Plaza


October 25, 2012

Richard Johnson III: Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy

The Gleeson Library is pleased to welcome University of San Francisco Associate Professor Richard Greggory Johnson III, who will read from his most recent book on October 25 in the Donohue Rare Book Room. Professor Johnson teaches in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration in the School of Management where his focus is public policy and administration, focusing in the areas of social equity, human resources management, higher education management and qualitative research. Dr. Johnson has published several books, including Cultural Competence for Public Managers: Managing Diversity in Today’s World (CRC Press, 2012) and The Black Professorate: Negotiating a Habitable Space in the Academy (Peter Lang, 2011). His most recent title is Teaching College Students Communication Strategies for Effective Social Justice Advocacy (Peter Lang, 2012). Dr. Johnson’s research centers on social equity and human rights within public policy and administration, targeting issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and social class. The program begins at 5:00 on Thursday, October 25th in the Donohue Rare Book Room, located on the third floor of the Gleeson Library. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend. For further information, please call (415) 422-2036.

5:00 pm, Gleeson Library, Rare Book Room

October 30, 2012

Race, Class, Gender and the 2012 Election

Panelists include Ronald Sundstrom, Philosophy, Libertarianism and Race, Corey Cook, Politics, White Nationalism and the Tea Party, Candice Harrison, History, Wooing the (White) Middle Class in U.S. History, Kathy Nasstrom, History, Gender and Sexual Politics, James Taylor, Politics, 2012: The Black Church, Vote Mobilization and Marriage Equality. Sponsored by African American Studies.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Lone Mountain 100

November 7, 2012

Faculty Salon

Presenters: Candice Harrison, History: Democratizing the Market: Place, Power & Politics in Early Philadelphia. Taymiya Zaman, History, How to Lose a Language": Writing like an Academic and Being a Writer.4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Rare Book Room, Gleeson/Geschke Center

Past Events

October 2, 2012

Diversity Resources at USF Open House
Diversity Minors
African American Studies
Asian American Studies
Chican@/Latin@ Studies
Ethnic Studies
Gender and Sexualities Studies

Learn about diversity classes that fulfill CORE & major requirements, how to minor in these areas and how these minors can benefit your professional careers and personal development.
The Cultural Centers
Intercultural Center
Gender and Sexuality Center

Learn about opportunities to explore your identity, develop your multicultural leadership skills, and how to help create more socially just communities

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information please feel free to contact Dawn Lee Tu, Director of the Cultural Centers at 11:30a-1:30pm, UC 4th Floor Lounge

September 28, 2012

Diversity Homegrown in California: Conflicts and Coalitions Across Difference 2nd Annual Critical Diversity Studies 2012 Forum

On Friday, September 28th in McLaren 250 - 252, the College of Arts & Sciences' Diversity Task Force will be presenting a forum"Homegrown in California" as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series. Speakers include:

Christine Chavez (Former political director of the United Farm Workers and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez). Frank Wu (Chancellor of UC Hastings Law School and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White). Francisco Herrera (Cultural worker, Community Organizer, Singer / Songwriter with music related to social justice, immigration and globalization).

This annual event (the Fall 2011 Forum "Invisible Cities," focused on environmental justice and issues of diversity), will commemorate several historical events that inspired interethnic and interracial coalition building in our state, including the 50th anniversary of the UFW (United Farm Workers), the workers' union that emerged out of the collaboration of a variety of groups including Mexican and Filipino farm laborers and organizers; the 30th anniversary of the Vincent Chin murder that brought together Asian Americans as a pan-ethnic group, and the 20th anniversary of the LA riots which were triggered by the Rodney King verdict, and helped motivate communities to work with each other across ethnic, racial and linguistic lines.

The tentative schedule of the forum is:

12:45-1:45 Discussion Tables: Bag lunch included, tables will be divided into themes with faculty/guest speakers leading discussion topics related to the forum. There will be a range of topics and optional readings for your classes if you are interested - please RSVP to EJ Jung ( by Tues 9/11 if you plan on bringing your class.

2:00-2:15Transition to lecture room


2:25-2:50 Frank Wu (Chancellor of UC Hastings Law School and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White)

2:50-3:10 Francisco Herrera (Cultural worker, Community Organizer, Singer / Songwriter with music related to social justice, immigration and globalization)

3:15-4:00 Christine Chavez (Civil Rights, Labor Equality, and Social Justice Advocate and granddaughter of Cesar Chavez)

4:00-4:15 Q&A with DJ Marlino, Da Five Foota Funk on turntables Questions? Contact Co-Chairs Evelyn Rodriguez (, Roberto Gutierrez Varea ( or Evelyn Ho (

McLaren 250-252, 12:45-4:15pm

Black History Month 2012 Calendar

February 2, 2012

James Lance Taylor Reading: "Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama"

"Black Nationalism in the United States: From Malcolm X to Barack Obama" offers a provocative assessment of the contemporary relevance and interpretation of black nationalism as both a school of thought and a mode of mobilization. Fundamental to his analysis is the assertion that black nationalism should be understood not simply as a separatist movement, the traditional conception, but instead as a common-sense psychological orientation with long roots in US political history. Providing entirely new lines of insight and analysis, his work ranges from the religious foundations of black political ideologies to the nationalist sentiments of today's hip-hop generation.

Gleeson Library, Rare Book Room, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Feb 8th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Berman Room, Fromm Hall

Feb 13th, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Multicultural Recruitment & Retention Call Out!!
Office of Admission, Presentation Room
Dinner Provided
For more information contact: Suzette Degrange at

Feb 15th, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Capoeira Lecture & Hands on Demo:
Studio Theater on Lone Mountain
Free (and open to the public)

Feb 16th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Black in Latin America Film and Panel Discussion Maier Room, Fromm Hall

Feb 21st, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Linda Martin Alcoff, Philosophy Department Colloquium
McLaren 251
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Philosophy Department

Feb 22nd, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Linda Martin Alcoff
K-Hall 180/183 (Fireplace Lounge)
Meeting with Students
Sponsored by the Philosophy Department

Feb 24-25, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Xenophobia & Racism Conference LM 100
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by the Philosophy Department

Feb 22nd, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Urban Education: Reframing the Conversation about the Achievement Gap Fromm Hall
Sponsored by The University of San Francisco's Office of Diversity & Community Outreach, University of San Francisco's School of Education, and The Omega Boys Club

Feb. 23, 6:00 pm

Art & Activism: The Life and Rhymes of MC Lyte
McLaren Complex
Post Talk Reception to follow in Fromm
Sponsored by the BSU, ASUSF, The College of Arts and Sciences and the following programs and departments: African American Studies, African Studies, Ethnic Studies, Intercultural Center, Multicultural Recruitment and Retention, Sociology, Performing Arts and Social Justice


December 11, 2011

LASO's Las Nochecitas
Las Nochecitas is a student organized event that is celebrated every fall. We come together on or near the feast day of La Virgen de Guadalupe to honor her and remember the significance of her apparition. We are proud to be organizing this event and continuing this tradition at USF. As part of the Latin@ community on-campus we look to share and celebrate our heritage with all! The celebration will be taking place on Sunday, December 11th at 7pm in St. Ignatius Church and will continue in McLaren 252 with a reception including tamales, mariachi and great company.
St. Ignatius Church, 7:00 pm

November 1, 2011

Diversity Resources at USF Open House
Diversity Minors
African American Studies
Asian American Studies
Chican@/Latin@ Studies
Ethnic Studies
Gender and Sexualities Studies

Learn about diversity classes that fulfill CORE & major requirements, how to minor in these areas and how these minors can benefit your professional careers and personal development.

The Cultural Centers
Intercultural Center
Gender and Sexuality Center

Learn about opportunities to explore your identity, develop your multicultural leadership skills, and how to help create more socially just communities
Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information please feel free to contact Dawn Lee Tu, Director of the Cultural Centers at
11:30a-1:30pm, UC 4th Floor Lounge

October 19, 2011

The State of Black San Francisco
The recent Census reveals significant demographic changes in San Francisco, including the continued flight of the Black population. While groups like San Francisco's African‐American Outmigration Task Force propose several substantive public policy changes to address these issues, others do not perceive this as an urgent issue in need of intervention. This event will explore the State of Black San Francisco from a diversity of perspectives to gain greater insight into these demographic changes and what they mean for the future of San Francisco. The State of Black San Francisco is co‐hosted by the African American Studies Program and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Please contact our center for more information: or 415-422-6262. Appetizers will be served
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Berman Hall, Fromm Center, USF Campus

September 15, 2011

African American Community Welcome Back Reception
Join us for an evening of appetizers and an opportunity to make new friends and connections. Come meet fellow African American students, faculty, staff, alumni and allies that represent part of the rich community of cultural diversity of USF. This event is open to all USF students, alumni, faculty and staff.This event is sponsored by African American Studies Program, Black Student Union, Multicultural Recruitment and Retention, and USF Alumni Board.
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Maier Room, Fromm Hall

September 16, 2011

Invisible Cities: A Forum on Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice in America

This interdisciplinary forum will explore the critical intersections of class, race, gender, the environment, and justice. Faculty from Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA), and Gender and Sexualities Studies have collaborated in the development of this program, and this effort is part of the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Task Force. The forum will is open to to the entire university community.

The forum will feature the following presentations:
DJ Marlino, "The Five Foota Funk", a 23-year veteran to the DJing game, brings an aggressive, hard hitting, head nodding, hands in the air, party rocking set to every dance floor or airwave he encounters. He has worked at WILD 94.9, was an On-Air Personality and Mixshow DJ at Jammin Z90.3 FM in San Diego and has opened up at several concerts for various artists such as Ice Cube, Westside Connection, Naughty By Nature, Xzibit, Destiny's Child, and many more, and has headlined specialty parties like the Maxim Party at the Harris Rincon Casino.

Anthony Khalil, Heron’s Head Park Naturalist and Tracy Zhu, former EcoCenter Program Manager will represent Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) Their presentation titled “Open Space Equity and Environmental Justice in San Francisco” is designed to acknowledge the history and legacies of the environmental movement. They will critically address how discrepancies in open space access across the San Francisco landscape affect efforts to provide people of color and low-income communities a welcoming and inclusive arena to participate in the environmental movement. LEJ’s work will present the on-the-grounds solutions for creating a more inclusive arena for youth and the Bayview Hunter’s Point community.

Steve Lerner is the Research Director at Commonweal, a nonprofit health and environmental research institute located in Bolinas, CA. Author of numerous books, his talk will focus on his most recent book, Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States (2010). Across the US, thousands of people, most of them in low-income or minority communities, live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. Lerner tells the stories of 12 communities that rose up to fight industries and military bases causing disproportionately high levels of chemicals. He argues that residents these sacrifice zones, tainted with chemical pollutants, need additional regulatory protections.

Paul Flores,, is a published poet, playwright, novelist and nationally prominent spoken word artist. Flores' past performance projects have taken him from HBO's Def Poetry to Cuba, Mexico and El Salvador. He is the co-founder of Youth Speaks and currently teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at the University of San Francisco. Flores' plays include FEAR OF A BROWN PLANET directed by Tony Garcia, REPRESENTA! directed by Danny Hoch, YOU'RE GONNA CRY directed by Brian Freeman, and PLACAS directed by Michael John Garcés. Paul was recently named the San Francisco Weekly’s 2011 Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist.

Cinthya Muñoz is an immigrant rights organizer Causa Justa :: Just Cause, In 2009, St. Peter’s Housing Committee and Just Cause Oakland combined to create Causa Justa :: Just Cause, bringing together the organization’s respective work in the Latino community in San Francisco and the African American community in Oakland into a single, regional organization for racial and economic justice. Cinthya’s political involvement began in high school student, where she organized against the criminalization of young people of color by school officials and the police. She soon after became involved in the immigrant rights movement and was instrumental in organizing student walkouts, community forums and marches as part of the massive immigrant rights strikes of May 1, 2006.

For more information, contact Evelyn Ho ( or Pamela Balls Organista (

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Presentation Theater

September 9, 2011

Cathy J. Cohen on Black Youth and the Future of American Politics
Join the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service, the Departments of Politics and Sociology, African American Studies, and the Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars for a discussion with Cathy J. Cohen, Professor of Political Science and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. Professor Cohen will speak on findings from her newest book Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2010), with a focus on the upcoming 2012 Presidential election and data on the election of black politicians.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, McLaren 252

April 27, 2011

Living Legacies Celebration
The African American Studies program honors the first generation of African American faculty at USF and celebrates the contributions these individuals made to expanding and developing the University.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Lone Mountain, Room 100

March 24, 2011

Imagining Black Womanhood
USF Sociology professor Stephanie Sears’s book, Imagining Black Womanhood: The Negotiation of Identity and Power within the Girls Empowerment Project (GEP), examines how Black women and girls seek to change both how they perceive and identify themselves, as well as how larger society views them within the context of an Afrocentric womanist after-school program.
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Gleeson Library Rare Book Room

March 31- April 1, 2011

9th Annual Human Rights Film Festival at USF
The University of San Francisco is hosting its 9th Human Rights Film Festival. The festival aims to educate about human rights violations and encourage to become involved in the process of stopping these abuses.
Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Boulevard and Masonic.

January 23 - February 27, 2011

Textimonies: Early Etchings and Stencils by Glen LigonTextimonies
TEXTIMONIES presents quintessential prints by African American artist Glenn Ligon (1960-) that unite the visual and literary to explore identity. Drawing primarily from his 1994 installation, “To Disembark” at the Hirshhorn Gallery in Washington D.C., the works on display here include nine slave narrative etchings and four stencils from the early 1990’s, studies for Ligon’s 1996 “New Work” exhibition at SFMOMA and ten semi-autobiographical fabricated runaway slave ads. The works featured in Textimonies examine the ways in which historical testimony—here, slave narrative, Harlem Renaissance classics, runaway slave posters, and civil rights photographic documentation—often become the basis for how we identify ourselves and others, especially in terms of race, gender and sexuality. While firmly rooted in historical African American experience, Ligon’s focus on identity as a social construction asks universal questions that apply to all of us. His works include a keen sense of humor, self-awareness and social irony.
Presented by the Thacher Gallery. Co-sponsored by African American Studies, the Department of Art & Architecture, Black Student Union, Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, and the School of Business and Professional Studies.

Wednesday, February 2

Opening Events
1:00 pm - Introduction to Textimonies by Curator Kimberly Rae Connor, Ph.D., USF Donohue Rare Book Room, Gleeson Library

3:30 - 5:00 pm - Opening Reception with DJ Thacher Gallery, Gleeson Library

5:00 pm - Lecture on Slave Narratives by Ethel Morgan Smith, West Virginia University Maier Room, Fromm Hall

Thursday, February 3

Film Screening of Amistad
Sponsored by USF's Black Student Union.
7:00 pm, McLaren 250

Tuesday, February 8

Expressions: An Evening of Art, Music & Spoken Word
Sponsored by USF's Black Student Union.
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Maier Room, Fromm Hall

Thursday, February 10 - History Relived: Slave Auction Memorial

Sponsored by the Black Student Union
11:45 am - 12:45 pm, Harney Plaza

Thursday, February 10

Thinking through the Past: Slave Auction Dialogue
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thacher Gallery

Friday, February 11

Black Aesthetics A lecture by Paul Taylor, Penn State University
Sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and African American Studies, funded by the Fleishhacker Fund.
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Lone Mountain 100

Tuesday, Feb 22

PASJ Forum: Celebrating Black History Month with Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company.

The San Francisco-based folkloric troupe will present music and dance from Haiti. Artistic director/founder Portsha Jefferson will also discuss what it is like to run a not-for-profit arts organization that seeks to promote Afro-Haitian culture, and the ways that the arts serve to creating strength and solidarity within the Haitian diaspora. Reception to follow. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Department and the Music Program. For more information, contact Francesca Rivera.
6:30-7:30 pm in Studio Theater, Lone Mountain Room

Thursday, February 24

Empowering Youth, Creating Change: An Evening with Bobby Seale
Sponsored by USF's Black Student Union.
6:30 pm, McLaren Complex



October 14, 2010

Ban Ethnic Studies?
A forum on Arizona's proposed law and its possible impact on Ethnic Studies in public schools. A panel discussion with Roberto Gutierrez Varea, Susana Kaiser, Ronald Sundstrom, Pamela Balls-Organista.Co-sponsored by African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Latino and Chicano Studies, Latin American Studies, CELASA, and College of Arts and Sciences. 5:30 pm, Maier Hall

April 29, 2010

African to Afro-Caribbeans to African Americans: The Black Diaspora in Dialogue
Join us in a viewing of the recent film Neo African Americans: How Rapid, Voluntary Immigration from Africa and the Caribbean is Transforming the African AmericanNarrative. Hear faculty reflections and engage in conversations about African American identities in the age of Obama. Sponsored by African Studies, African American Studies, and Ethnic Studies.

6:00-8:00 pm, Maier Hall

February 23, 2010

A Conversation with Donna Brazile: Identity, Politics, & Society in the Obama Era
We are honored to feature noted political commentator, strategist, and author, Donna Brazile. Ms. Brazile will engage in a question and answer conversation with Dr. James Taylor, professor in the USF Politics Department and President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Sponsored by the African American Studies Program and the Black Student Union.

6:30 pm, USF Presentation Theater


Dos Americans

February 26, 2009

Dos Americans: The Reconstruction of New Orleans
Post-Katrina reconstruction is still in progress throughout the Gulf Coast, with much of the City of New Orleans still in ruins. This documentary focuses on those rebuilding this city through interviews with some of the estimated 100,000 Latino migrant laborers who have converged in this area over the past two and a half years.
6:30 pm, USF Presentation Theater
End of History

February 24, 2009

The End of Black History? Reflections on the Presidential Inauguration
A brown bag talk with USF Professor Candice Harrison as she discusses how the swearing in of President Barack Obama as the 44th President challenges the state of African American history.
12:30 pm-1:30 pm, Cowell Hall


October 8, 2008

Election 2008 Race, Gender, and the Election of 2008
A panel discussion with the USF African American Studies department.
5:00 pm-6:30 pm, Lone Mountain Room 100


September 19, 2007

Enviormental Justice in San Francisco
Literacy for Environmental Justice is an urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization created specifically to address the unique ecological and social concerns of Bayview, Hunters Point, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities.
3:00 pm-5:00 pm, UC Fog n' Grog


September 29, 2006

The Black Church, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS with Bishop John L. Selders, Jr.
Nationally renowned activist, educator, and spiritual leader Bishop John L. Selders, Jr discusses the intersection of sexuality, same-gender love, HIV/AIDS, and spirituality in the Black Church. Presented by USF LGBTQ Caucus and the Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. Co-sponsored by African American Studies.

12:00 pm, Lone Mountain Room 100.
PowerPoint Presentation


September 15, 2005

Race, Class and Hurricane Katrina.
A Forum Sponsored by the African American Studies Program.

Articles Covering Media Depictions
Lost in the Flood: Why no Mention of Race and Class in TV's Katrina Coverage? , Jack Shafer, 8/31/05
'Looting' or 'Finding,' Aaron Kinney, 9/1/05
Barbara Bush Calls Evacuees Better Off, NYT, 9/7/05
Bigots Gloat Over Hurricane Victims, Anti-Defamation League, 8/31/05
Calling Katrina Survivors 'refugees' Stirs Debate, The Associated Press, 9/7/05
Katrina's Silver Lining, David Brooks, NYT, 9/8/05

Articles Covering Government Urban Policy An Imperfect Storm: How Race Shaped Bush's Response to Katrina,Jacob Weisberg, 9/7/05
Race in New Orleans: Shaping the Response to Katrina?, Democracy Now, 9/2/05
Mayor to Feds: 'Get off your asses,' Transcript of Radio Interview with New Orleans',, 9/1/05
Military Due to Move in To New Orleans; Governor Warns Thugs: 'Troops know how to shoot and kill',, 9/2/05

Official Government Response and Comment Regarding Hurricane Katrina What were Hurricane Katrina's Effects from State to State?, The US Government's Official Web
Hurricane Katrina Response and Recovery Update, FEMA, 9/4/05
Hurricane Relief, The White House
Bush Promises to Seek Answers to Failures of Hurricane Relief, Anne E. Kornblut and Carl Hulse, NYT, 9/7/05
Multiple Failures Caused Relief Crisis, Paul Reynolds, 9/7/05

Forum Statement of Solidarity and Critical Response to Social Inequalities in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
As a Community we bear witness to the failure of moral humanity and are outraged at the treatment of displaced citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina has laid bare a glaring example of the historic, institutionalized and on-going effects of racism and enforced poverty. Long standing disparities tied to race and class are at the heart of the inexcusable delay in relief and aid to New Orleans. Media images and narratives have further victimized and exploited survivors of one of this nation's most devastating national tragedies.

Language that blames the victim, captions that imply an inherent criminality to poor people and communities of color, and commentaries that negatively position these citizens are unacceptable. These are subjects that must be broached by all Americans.

Therefore, we call for:
The re-evaluation of government policy on federal, state, and local levels to address the racist and classist structural conditions that allowed the devastation of New Orleans in the hopes of averting future disasters to similarly positioned communities.

Sensitive and ethical media coverage that respects the lives, cultures and unique circumstances of all American communities. Additionally, media outlets must acknowledge the effects of entrenched and widespread social inequalities, while remaining committed to providing journalistic coverage that does not perpetuate discrimination.

Humane and equitable policies moving forward that empower members of displaced communities and include them as indispensable participants with veto and decision-making powers in the rebuilding process.

Full commitment to rebuilding devastated communities and the assurance of social, economic and political justice for these communities.

Do you have feedback about our statement? If so, please email us.

How To Help
Attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, Sept 15 at 12:15-1:15 p.m., St. Ignatius Church. Give a donation to the fund drive to help survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Contact University Ministry

American Red Cross via Yahoo

Resurrect New Orleans Ella Baker Center For Human Rights

Ella Hill Hutch Center, located at 1050 McAllister in S.F., needs volunteers to help sort the donations for Katrina's survivors. Volunteers may call 415 921-6276 or go the center at 12:00 noon Monday through Friday.