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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 Wardell-Ghirarduzzi 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.

Skilled in identifying the assets of people within organizations, Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi leverages the university mission and commitment to diversity and inclusion to strengthen the campus for students, faculty and staff and expands the university's community engagement, particularly for multicultural and marginalized communities.

Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi engages in a collaborative process between the university and its diverse city, state, national, and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. She creates strategic new initiatives including dialogue experiences for greater intercultural and interpersonal engagement and understanding. These activities promote more inclusive practices within the campus community and beyond. Among her many activities, she is a Library Commissioner for the San Francisco Library Commission. 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 her current role 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 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.



ewing_robertRobert Ewing
Graduate Intern
Phone: (415) 422-2821 | Email: roewing@dons.usfca.edu

Bobby is a Bay Area native and a graduate of the University of San Francisco. In 2008, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. Prior to pursuing a masters' in Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco, he was working as the Youth Development Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of San Leandro. The areas of passion for him are underrepresented and first-generation populations, as well as academic support and services.



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.