Diversity Scholar and Visiting Professor

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.

Art Torres

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.

Janice Mirikatani speaks at USF event

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.


Clarence B. JonesIn 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.



Guiding Tenets for Visiting Professor:

  • A living legend or elder of our community who has exemplified social justice and the Jesuit values through their life’s work
  • Situated in the SF/Bay Area
  • May be a scholar, or not an academically trained scholar, but has culturally based knowledge and life experience to share with the USF community
  • Someone who symbolically represents a part of our multicultural American history and can share that experience first-hand through a teaching engagement with USF students 

Contact Info

Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach

Lone Mountain, Rm. 104
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-2821