About Us

Leaders throughout the USF community are committed to supporting and fostering diversity on campus.


The office was established in 2011 as a key priority for the (then) new Provost Jennifer E. Turpin. At that time, Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi was appointed to lead the new area at USF, to create an office and define strategic institutional goals in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

The office’s greatest accomplishment to date is connecting and articulating USF's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion directly to the University mission of teaching, learning and service in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. This is an important and fundamental distinction on how we understand diversity, multiculturalism and pluralism in the 21st century as a learning institution. Diversity and inclusion is integral (and not an add-on) into our methods of teaching, learning, and engaging others in service. The more students, staff, and faculty who understand our Jesuit identity and the Ignatian principles that teach us how to become more aware and accepting of self and others, the more we will become the model of inclusive excellence and engagement as an American Jesuit Catholic university. 

More tangible accomplishments have been the establishment of key USF and community initiatives including the Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor program, the Stakeholder Community Forum and the expansion of the Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellowship. This included the appointment of a scholar or community leader who has had a lifetime of service for the common good on the USF faculty – Clarence B. Jones was the inaugural scholar for this program. We intend to announce another fabulous social justice leader appointed to this position (a woman) in the spring. The campus-wide Diversity Speaker Series presentations have been a huge hit, with guest speakers like Tim Wise and local leaders coming to campus to share their knowledge with the USF community - hundreds of community members who had never before been to USF have come to campus to attend these events. 


wardell-ghirarduzziDr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
Vice Provost 
Phone: (415) 422-2821 | Email: mjwardell@usfca.edu

Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi brings passion for creating more equitable, inclusive and caring campus climate and culture for all. She is an executive leader skilled at building organizational capacity through strategic initiatives with over 20 years experience in California higher education in academic affairs, student life, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Currently she is the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and an associate professor of organizations, communication and leadership at the University of San Francisco.

Mary leverages the university's mission and commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion to strengthen the campus for students, faculty and staff and expands the university's community engagement, particularly for multicultural and marginalized communities. She has been a leader in developing a creative framework for how the university's mission can be more fully realized as part of the community it resides within; for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.  

Mary has created strategic new initiatives including: Diversity Scholar & Visiting Professor, Diverse Workforce Initiative, Stakeholder Community Forums (such as Latinas in Leadership), the DiversityTalks series, and diversity intensives (And Still We Rise, Allies in the Academy, and the USF Staff Diversity Intensive) for greater intercultural and interpersonal understanding. These activities promote more inclusive practices within USF and beyond. In 2014, Mary was appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee to serve San Francisco citizens as a Library Commissioner for the San Francisco Public Library. Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi was recently awarded the San Francisco Human Rights Commission's Hero Award and listed in Diversity MBA Magazine's Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders.

Prior to leading diversity and community initiatives at USF, Mary served as the USF Associate Vice President and Dean of Students leading and supporting campus-wide student services, including behavioral intervention and crisis response. Prior to Jesuit Catholic education, she was the Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA and the Assistant Dean of Students at the California State University, San Marcos, CA. She enjoys the arts and lives in San Francisco with her husband.

Adriana BroullonAdriana Broullon
Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager
Phone: (415) 422-2828 | Email: abroullon@usfca.edu

Adriana Broullon is a Bay Area native and graduate of the University of San Francisco. In 2007, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors in International Relations and Latin American Studies, and a focus on Global Politics and Societies. While completing her degree, Adriana worked as a staff intern at San Francisco based non-profits and a social marketing agency, in roles that focused on marketing, community engagement and cultural competency (O’Rorke IncSF Connect and Global Exchange). After graduation she traveled to South America where she worked on organic farms in the sustainable agriculture movement in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. 

In 2009, Adriana came back to the Bay Area to work for the Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM). AIM is a 501(c)3 non-profit that runs farmers markets throughout the Bay Area, and educates the public on the importance of supporting local food systems and local economies, through purchasing from small and medium sized family farms and food businesses. It was there that she solidified her passion for community building and community outreach work, as a farmers market manager and marketing director. In February 2012, Adriana was elated to return to her alma mater, to join the university’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. She currently serves on the University Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the President's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, the Task Force for Support and Services of Undocumented Students, the Historically Underrepresented Ethnic Minority Students Subcommittee for Persistence and Retention, and the USF Diverse Workforce Initiative. 

Ria DasGupta HeadshotRia DasGupta

Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost
Phone: (415) 422-2683 | Email: aadasgupta@usfca.edu

Ria (Ariana) DasGupta moved to the Bay Area from New Jersey in 2014. In 2010, she earned an MA in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, where her studies focused on women's human rights in the context of neoliberalism. In 2008, she graduated summa cum laude from Douglass College, the women's college of Rutgers University, with a BA in History/Political Science and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.

Prior to her move to the Bay Area, Ria was an Interim Assistant Dean for Douglass Residential College. In her position, she developed women's leadership, global engagement and wellness programs for the college's undergraduate population. Until 2011, she was a Program Assistant for the Center for Women's Global Leadership, where she had begun as an undergraduate volunteer.

Ria is currently a doctoral student at USF in the department of International and Multicultural Education. In her free time, she dances professionally and runs a contemporary Indian dance company.

Tairinda Rushing
Graduate Intern
Phone: (415) 422-2821 | Email: tarushing@dons.usfca.edu

Born to a family of multi-generational San Francisco natives, Tairinda Rushing’s roots are deeply embedded in the San Francisco Bay community. After graduating from Phillip & Sala Burton High School in San Francisco she attended Xavier University of New Orleans where she studied Biology.  After completing a BS in Biology in 2002, she returned to the bay area to give back to a community that had given so much to her.

Tairinda started working in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco in 2003 teaching entrepreneurship and business development to middle school students through the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. As a Community Development Director and Program Manager at the Girl Scouts of Northern California from 2007 to 2009, she helped lead the organization’s financial literacy programming for underrepresented communities in San Francisco, Oakland and Richmond by developing a Biz Camp and financial literacy curriculum for the organization.

Today she is the Program Director at the Young Scholars Program, a college access and success program for high school students in the Bay Area. After 10 plus years of service to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving lives of youth in under-resourced and underserved communities, Tairinda is continuing her education as a Masters student in the Higher Education & Student Affairs program at USF.

white_josephDr. Joseph L. White
USF Diversity Consultant

For the past 51 years, Dr. Joseph L. White has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant, and practicing psychologist. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he spent most of his career as a teacher, supervising psychologist, mentor, and Director of ethnic studies and cross-cultural programs. Dr. White received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1961. On May 10, 2007, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Minnesota, which is the highest award conferred by the University of Minnesota, recognizing individuals who have achieved acknowledged eminence in cultural affairs, in public affairs, or in a field of knowledge and scholarship. On May 24, 2008, he was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year. Dr. White is the author of several papers and books: The Psychology of Blacks (2011; 1999; 1990; 1984); The Troubled Adolescent (1989); Black Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America (1999); Black Fathers: An Invisible Presence in America (2006; 2011); Building Multicultural Competency: Development, Training, and Practice (2008). He was a pioneer in the field of Black psychology and is affectionately referred to as the “Godfather” of Black psychology by his students, mentees, and younger colleagues. His seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, “Toward a Black Psychology,” was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology. 

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. White has been a practicing psychologist and consultant. He has served as a supervising psychologist and staff affiliate psychologist to five hospitals and three clinical practices in Southern California. He has worked as a consultant with school districts, universities, private organizations, drug prevention programs, and government agencies. Dr. White was appointed to the California State Psychology Licensing Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and served as chairman for three years. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of The Menninger Foundation in Houston, Texas.