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Program Overview:

This Diversity Intensive helps to define and materialize issues of diversity, equity, equality, and social justice. Staff participants will have a chance to describe their initial experiences with these concepts, ask questions they have been hesitant to bring up, and expand upon those foundations. We will explore each topic in depth through three breakout sessions: Understanding MicroaggressionsFaces of Oppression, and Privilege and the Myth of Meritocracy. Individuals will participate in group dialogue, explorative activities, and individual reflections.

Workshop 1: A Look Into Microaggressions 
Facilitator - Prof. Darrick Smith

This workshop will cover the concept of racial micro aggressions. In the interest of cross-cultural understanding, participants will examine the power that perception and language play in creating an inclusive institutional environment. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss effective frameworks and practices for both work and instructional spaces.

Workshop 2: The Faces of Oppression 
Facilitator - Prof. Brandi Lawless

This session will explore varying faces of oppression including individual, institutional, and cultural levels. Participants will explore their levels of privilege and oppression and also examine the ways in which they have perpetuated oppression at each of these levels. We will discuss ways that each of these levels become salient on the USF campus.

Workshop 3: Privilege and the Myth of Meritocracy
Facilitator - Prof. Desiree Zerquera

Workshop attendees will leave this session being able to understand and challenge concepts of privilege and meritocracy, and how they manifest in society more broadly and higher education institutions specifically. Attendees will engage in activities and discussions on these concepts and leave the session with tools that enable them to apply these understandings in their own work.

This program is part of an institutional initiative developed through the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach. The Diversity Intensive 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.  

For questions or more information, please contact Adriana Broullon: or (415) 422-2828.