Campus Conversations

Diversity and inclusion are celebrated on campus in a multitude of ways; one method of promoting these organizational values internally is by creating opportunities for deep discussion and reflection amongst staff and faculty.

Each semester, the office collaborates with key campus offices or departments, to present a panel and campus conversations focused on institutional capacity building in the areas where diversity awareness and engagement intersects with our work. These dialogues encourage deep discussion, reflection, and personal engagement and interaction among staff and faculty around issues of diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. 

Living the Mission: Gender and Sexuality

November 6th, 2013

Throughout the academic year, the University Council for Jesuit Mission has sponsored a community discussion series for faculty and staff in conjunction with the release of the book, Living the Mission: A Book of Meditations, Prayers and Insights from the University of San Francisco Community. On November 6th, 2013 the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach collaborated with the council to coordinate a discussion on Living the Mission: Gender and Sexuality. The discussion was moderated by Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement & Community Outreach, Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi and included the following panelists: Kate Carter, Assistant Director for Transfer Admission; Alejandro Covarrubias, Assistant Director of the Cultural Centers; Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Professor of Politics; and Vincent Pizzuto, Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies. 

Over fifty USF community members attended the luncheon and were invited to discuss items related to the topic and interact with the panelists through a question and answer format after their presentation. The conversation went on well over it’s scheduled time, as audience members engaged with panelists over their lived experiences relating to both their personal and professional lives, scholarly work, and areas of expertise.

Photos courtesy of Shawn Calhoun:

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Elisabeth Jay Friedman
Alejandro Covarrubias
Kate Carter
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Vice Provost Wardell-Ghiraduzzi
Vincent Pizzuto
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Religious Diversity: Faith as Identity and Inclusion

April 2, 2013 
McLaren, Room 251
The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, University Ministry and Human Resources had a dynamic panel discussion that provided faculty and staff with a unique opportunity for learning, sharing and reflection. Panel members of various religious backgrounds and traditions will explore the topics of interfaith respect and cooperation, and faith as identity and inclusion. The discussion will be facilitated by Donal Godfrey, S.J., Associate Director, University Ministry. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr. Mary Wardell, Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. 


  • Shabnam Koirala-Azad, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Chair, International Multicultural Education Department, School of Education
  • Andrew Elias Ramer, Adjunct Professor, Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Bruce Wydick, Ph.D., Professor of Economics & International Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Exploring Bias, Values and Diversity

October 2, 2012
A dynamic panel of USF faculty and staff led us in exploring the concept of bias through a discussion of values and diversity. In the discussion, panelists reflected on personal values and value systems, as well as personal experiences, and how these may contribute to personal biases and may impact interpersonal interaction and engagement around diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence. Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Community Engagement facilitated the conversation among several of our distinguished colleagues, who agreed to share their thoughts as panelists.


A Conversation on Ignatian Spirituality and Diversity

March 27, 2012
Several of our distinguished colleagues reflected on Ignatian spirituality and diversity, and discussed the influence of these values on our work as higher education faculty and staff. This event provided attendees with insights into the interrelated issues of learning and cultural competency, as well as providing the opportunity to ask questions. The panel was lead by Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach.



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Photos by Shawn P. Calhoun