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Gordon Chin CDS Forum
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Rhodessa Jones

Friday, September 12, 2014,
12:45 - 4:45 pm
Free and open to the public

McLaren Complex
(University of San Francisco)

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12:45 USF WORD!
1:00 Welcome by Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
1:05 Welcome by Forum Co-Chairs
1:10 Speaker: Gordon Chin
1:40 Speaker: Adriana Camarena
2:05 Coffee Break
2:15 Performance: The Medea Project
2:45 Speaker: Rhodessa Jones
3:15 Q&A Session
3:35 Discussion Tables
4:30 Thank You by Forum Co-Chairs


2014 Theme: "DIS/PLACEMENTS"

The 4th Annual USF Critical Diversity Forum, “DIS/PLACEMENTS" coincides with the anniversaries of several events which activated seismic shifts in US society: the centenary of the beginning of World War I, the 50th anniversary of the official commencement of US military involvement in Vietnam, and the 50th anniversary of the US Civil Rights Act and our War on Poverty.These anniversaries offer us an occasion to consider and explore how recent social events — i.e., President Obama’s June 2014 vow to employ executive authority to expedite immigration reform, the Isla Vista killings in May 2014 and the anti-misogyny campaigns this tragedy inspired, and the concurrent “urban renewal” and anti-gentrification movements produced by the Northern California technology boom — are simultaneously stirring up the social order, displacing populations.

Speakers' Information

The forum will feature speakers Gordon Chin (housing activist), Adriana Camarena (Unsettlers), Rhodessa Jones (Cultural Odyssey) with performances by The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, and discussion tables to help participants begin reimagining possibilities and advance towards a more human and just future at the University of San Francisco and beyond.

Forum History

USF's Annual Critical Diversity Fall Forum was created by the Diversity Task Force convened by College of Arts & Sciences Marcelo Camperi, to address two specific charges of the Task Force: 1) 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 2) to promote academic-community partnerships throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to foster creative diversity activities and learning experiences focused on social justice. Starting in 2013, the Critical Diversity Fall Forum will be organized by faculty and allies of the newly-formed Critical Diversity Studies Major in the College.


Sponsored by: Critical Diversity Studies, Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office, African American Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA), Chican@-Latin@ Studies, Office of Diversity and Engagement, Environmental Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, The Intercultural Center, Latin American Studies, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, Office of Online Education, Performing Arts & Social Justice, B.A. International Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology, M.A. Urban Affairs.