About Us

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

History

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 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.

Leadership

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

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been working in higher education administration for the past 22 years and is currently part of the executive leadership at the University of San Francisco (USF). Her role is to build organizational capacity through partnerships and relationships with academic, community, government, and corporate sectors. In addition, she promotes diversity and inclusion as core in creating a holistic and vibrant learning community. Mary served as the USF Dean of Students from 2008-2011 and is currently an adjunct professor in the USF School of Management teaching Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Communication to graduate and undergraduate business students.

Prior to USF, Mary worked as the Dean of Student Affairs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, supervising student affairs units and academic support services. As an outreach coordinator for California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), she worked to bridge educational opportunity for underserved youth in San Diego County. In her role at CSUSM, her focus was with the children of migrant families and first generation college bound African American, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Latino students.

Mary received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA; a Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Counseling from San Diego State University; and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA. Her research interest and professional practice focuses on transformational leadership within organizations and women in leadership. Mary has an avid love for the arts, she is a vocalist and a photographer. She resides in San Francisco, CA with her husband and two daughters.



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 interned 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



Christina Tai

Christina Tai
Program Assistant
Phone: (415) 422-2683 | Email: tai@usfca.edu

A Bay Area native, Christina Tai is delighted to serve the University of San Francisco for over 15 years, previously working at the University's School of Nursing and Health Professions Dean's Office. Among her many duties there, she helped maintain the office's website. Christina  graduated from the University of San Francisco with both a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management and a Masters of Science in Information Systems. In her spare time, she is actively volunteering and participating in community organizations. Some of these organizations include Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), Chinese Hospital Auxiliary, and various Toastmaster chapters in San Francisco and Northern San Mateo county. She enjoys learning and experiencing about different cultures.



Dennis ChanDennis Chan
Graduate Intern
Phone: (415) 422-2683 | Email: dwchan@usfca.edu

Dennis is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the University of California, Irvine. In 2008, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and minor in Asian-American Studies. Dennis has worked in various areas of Student Affairs at the University of California, Irvine before pursuing a masters' in Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco. The areas of passion for him are Multicultural and LGBT programs and services. 



Dr. Joe WhiteDr. 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.