And Still We Rise: Building from the Intersections of Race, Class & Gender/Sexuality

And Still We Rise is a discussion series held for six weeks over dinners at the University of San Francisco for faculty. The focus begins from the stories of female-identified faculty and women faculty of color within an often-contradictory culture of academia. The series uses the landmark edited volume Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia as the basis and guide for meaningful dialogue and discussion for change. Through the methodology and process of this discussion series, participants have an opportunity to gather together for a person-centered and self-affirming dialogue.

This series will be offered again in 2015, please email if you are interested in participating.


History of the Program

In Fall 2013, Vice Provost Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi launched the first series of And Still We Rise, a highly successful faculty development program with 18 female-identified faculty participants on campus. A second cohort of 16 faculty participated in the series over the spring 2014 semester. They are pictured above at their final session with the Provost, Vice Provost and Deans Karshmer, Kumashiro, and Trasviña.

As a direct outcome of the program, members of these “sister circles” have volunteered to be a part of three specific working groups that met to address some of the issues raised during the sessions, and explore the ways in which the University can respond to these issues and implement positive change. Their recommendations on the following areas will be presented to members of the Office of the Provost:
  • Campus Mediation Teams & Workplace Bullying;
  • Creating a Safe Place & Also a Safe Person;
  • Mentoring & Allies.

This program is part of an institutional initiative developed by Vice Provost Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi through the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. And Still We Rise further advances our commitment to: enrich university and community engagement; promote inclusive dialogue, interpersonal experiences, and intercultural appreciation; and support a thriving campus community, culture and climate.