Critical Diversity Studies Forum

In 2011, the College of Arts & Sciences’ Dean’s Office convened the first Critical Diversity Studies Forum, centered on the critical examination of the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and justice in the United States. This annual university-wide event incorporates academic scholarship and social justice practices by bringing together artists, activists, scholars, and community leaders to engage in dialogue with the USF community. Over the years, Forum topics have included coalition building, fulfilling dreams of equality and freedom, displacement, nonviolent activism, collective leadership, representation, voice, and power. In 2014, the Forum achieved a milestone: the formation of the Critical Diversity Studies major that exemplifies the mission and values of the university.

10th Annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum

CDS X Forum: “A Time For Revolutionary Love,” with Valarie Kaur
Friday, September 25th, 12:50-2:10 pm, Online Webinar

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Critical Diversity Studies (CDS) Forum and we are emboldened to revisit what has guided our dialogues this past decade--the creation of new possibilities, systems, and ways of being that are grounded in wonder, collective wisdom, and love for justice and equity. We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s forum: Valarie Kaur, is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, and author of the new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.

In See No Stranger, Kaur writes that love is more than a feeling. Rather, “love is a form of sweet labor: fierce, bloody, imperfect, and life giving – a choice we make over and over again.” Revolutionary love is the “choice to enter into labor for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves in order to transform the world around us. It is not a formal code or prescription but an orientation to life that is personal and political.” In this time of pandemic, uprisings, rising nationalism and polarization, we believe that now, more than ever, it is time for Revolutionary Love.

Our 10th anniversary CDS Forum will engage participants in dialogue to address the question: How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? How can the practices of Revolutionary Love guide us in transforming ourselves, our communities, and our nation?


Valarie Kaur Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project and author of the new book, SEE NO STRANGER: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.

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