USF partners with local community groups to help reach out to the underrepresented and underserved.
The office partners with USF schools, departments and faculty to engage the university in critical dialogues taking place in the multicultural communities surrounding our campus and throughout the Bay Area. These efforts connect USF to our neighboring communities, and to community leaders working in San Francisco's most under-resourced neighborhoods. Through strengthening these community relationships, our students learn from and engage with groups that have traditionally been marginalized.
Every year the office partners with Epsilon Beta Boule and C.A.R.E.S. (Collaborative for Academics, Recreation and Enrichment for Students) to host a daylong program titled “Visions of Success” at USF. In November 2013, over 90 (predominantly Latino and African American) middle school and high school boys from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District participated in general sessions and workshops facilitated by the three organizations. All workshops and sessions are designed to inspire attendees to reach for their dreams and strive (despite any obstacles) to obtain their Bachelor’s Degree and a vision for a successful career.
Guest speakers included Immediate Past USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J.; USF Trustees Chuck Smith and Tracy Porter; Eric Kelley, Sire Archon of Epsilon Beta Boule’; USF Professor Ron Harbor and more. The day began with breakfast, a general session and keynote address, followed by three workshops, a campus tour and a raffle for three laptops. The theme of the day’s events this academic year was “Cultivating and Celebrating Excellence”.