Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117 email@example.com (415) 422-2821
In 2012, the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach established and institutionalized a program that brings a nationally recognized diversity leader and "living legend" to the campus community.
This year, USF is honored to have Senator Art Torres as the university's third Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor. In a career spanning more than three decades, including serving as a California State Senator, Torres has distinguished himself as a public servant determined to tackle complex policy issues and stand up for those without a voice. He currently serves on the governing board of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). His course on ethics and using the clinical process to examine inequities in the healthcare system will be taught in the Spring semester through the School of Nursing and Health Professions.
In 2014, USF recognized Janice Mirikitani, San Francisco Poet Laureate and Co-Founding President of the Glide Foundation, as the institution’s second Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor. Mirikitani’s undergraduate course Poetry and Poverty: Transformation from Dust explored the issues of poverty and oppression through the use of poetry, personal narrative, and direct community engagement with San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
In 2012, USF awarded the inaugural professorship to distinguished civil rights leader Clarence B. Jones, who served as advisor, speechwriter and lawyer to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Jones will continue to serve the university community as a diversity scholar through the academic year 14-15, and is currently teaching and undergraduate course From Slavery to Obama within the Politics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences.