Critical Diversity Studies Forum

USF's Annual Critical Diversity Studies Fall Forum was created by the Diversity Task Force convened by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Marcelo Camperi, to plan a new and expanded dialogue on the definition, meaning and significance of diversity that engages all constituents of the College and incorporates leading diversity scholarship and practices and to promote academic-community partnerships throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to foster creative diversity activities and learning experiences focused on social justice.

9th Annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum

“We All Count: Representation, Voice, and Activism in 2020”

Friday, September 6th, 2019 1-4 p.m.
McLaren Complex

The year 2020 is on the horizon and will be extremely consequential. In addition to critical national, state, and local elections, 2020 also includes the decennial U.S. Census, which will help determine public policy proposals and community resource allocation for years to come. This current historical moment offers a painful reminder that we need to be vigilant to ensure that the humanity of all groups is fully recognized, honored, and counted in our political and community processes. Highlighting the connections between white supremacy, xenophobia, cis-hetero-patriarchy, exploitative capitalism, and able-bodied supremacy, the 9th annual Critical Diversity Studies Forum will engage participants in a dialogue to help answer: Which communities are represented, cared for, and “counted"? Whose voices are heard? What’s at stake? And how can we commit to effectively organize together, advocate for one another, and ensure that all are counted?


Eddy Zheng: Writer and activist for prison justice, immigrant rights, and youth violence prevention

Tiny Garcia: Formerly unhoused, incarcerated poverty scholar, poet, and co-founder of POOR magazine

Eniola Abioye: Lead Organizer of the Transgender Law Center's Black LGBTQIA+ Migrant Project;

Nkauj lab: Director of California Policy and Programs for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

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