Past Events


September 28, 2012& & 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.

2:00-2:15 Transition to lecture room

2:15-2:25 Introductions

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


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

September 16, 2011

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

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 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 Lerneris 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

April 14, 2011

Precious Knowledge Film Screening

A film by Ari Luis Palos & Eren Isabel McGinnis. The power, promise, and politics of ethnic studies. Tuscon High School students and teachers form the front line of an epic civil rights battle. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and educators from USF and SFUSD. This event is co-sponsored by the USF School of Education, the USF Ethnic Studies, and the S.F. Unified School District.
7:00 pm- 9:00 pm, McLaren 251/252

March 31-April 2, 2011

Human Rights Film Festival

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.

USF Presentation Theater



December 12, 2010

Las Nochesitas: A celebration of Las Mananitas

Presented by the Latin American Student Organization. Co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies.

7:00-8:00 pm: Mass in St. Ignatius Church
8:00-10:00 pm: Reception in McLaren 250

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

Save the Date

October 1, 2010

Ten Years of the Maria Elena Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program

A Gala Celebration Yuchengco Phillippine Studies Program 10-Year Gala Celebration Presenting a concert by Florante Aguilar.

6:30 pm, Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd.

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 American Narrative. 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