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Critical Diversity Forum

Friday, September 27, 2013,
1-4:30 pm

McLaren Complex
(University of San Francisco)

1:00 Welcome
1:05 Overview & Purpose Prof. Evelyn Ho & Evelyn Rodriguez
1:10 USF Gospel Choir
1:20 Awele Makeba
2:00 USF Voices Choir
2:15 Sandra Hernandez
2:40 Keynote Speaker: Jose Antonio Vargas
3:20 Q&A Session
3:35 Discussion Tables
4:30 USF Latin American Music Group


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Free and open to the public

USF’s Third Annual Critical Diversity Studies Fall Forum reflects upon the vision Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of fifty years ago—a dream for a nation united in equality and freedom—and will explore continuing struggles to redefine and realize the Dream. Participants will consider how the Dream has manifested today, where we have failed, and what remains to be done.

Speakers' Information

The forum will feature speakers Jose Antonio Vargas ( and Sandra R. Hernández (The San Francisco Foundation), performances by Awele Makeba and the USF Music Program, and discussion tables to help participants begin reimagining dreams of racial justice, gender equality, and equal rights for all.

2013 Theme: 'Dreaming On'

Since 2010, the Critical Diversity Studies Fall Forum has invited notable speakers to engage our community for a day-long program aimed at helping students, faculty, staff, and neighbors deeply reflect and imagine how to address contemporary issues around diversity at the University of San Francisco and beyond.

This year, in September 2013, organizers will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech, and explore continuing struggles to redefine and realize the Dream. Organizers hope this event will provoke and inspire attendees to carry on the dream of a fully egalitarian US society, especially in light of very recent historical events, including the Supreme Court’s June 2013 rulings invalidating key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and California’s ban on gay marriage, George Zimmerman’s July 2013 acquittal for Trayvon Martin’s death, and the subsequent reactions and responses all these verdicts sparked.

Forum History

USF's Annual Critical Diversity Fall Forum was created by the Diversity Task Force convened by College of Arts & Sciences Marcelo Camperi, to address two specific charges of the Task Force: 1) to plan a new and expanded dialogue on the definition, meaning and significance of diversity that engages all constituents of the College and incorporates leading diversity scholarship and practices and 2) to promote academic-community partnerships throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to foster creative diversity activities and learning experiences focused on social justice. Starting in 2013, the Critical Diversity Fall Forum will be organized by faculty and allies of the newly-formed “Critical Diversity Studies” Major in the College.


Sponsored by: Critical Diversity Studies, Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, African American Studies, Arts & Sciences Diversity Task Force, Asian Pacific American Studies, Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA), Chican@-Latin@ Studies, Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Sexualities Studies, History, Intercultural Center, Latin American Studies, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, Media Studies, Office of Diversity & Community Engagement, Performing Arts & Social Justice, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, Theology & Religious Studies.