16th Thacher Annual
The 16th Thacher Annual student art show "interMEDIA" runs through June 28 in Thacher Gallery.More Info »

USFers Tutor San Francisco’s Homeless Students

07-20-2015Learning Center

Living out of a car with family members and couch surfing at relatives’ homes can wreak havoc on young peoples’ educations and lead many to drop out of school. Yet, a good education might be their best chance to build a more stable future. That’s why USF Learning and Writing Center students tutor dozens of homeless and disadvantaged San Francisco school kids each year, offering one-on-one assistance.

Nursing Alumnae Lead Medical Mission to Assist Hondurans

07-01-2015Suzanne Grant

Some families traveled for days to meet USF nursing alumna Suzanne Grant ’71 and her medical team. The patients were children, mostly, with maladies like clubbed feet, poorly healed fractures, and, in the case of one young man, a severe machete wound from being attacked.

Students Transformed by USF Artist’s Mission to Serve the Underserved

06-22-2015Estria Miyashiro Mural Art

Josue Rojas met acclaimed USF graffiti-style muralist Estria Miyashiro ’92 at a pivotal moment, perhaps the pivotal moment of his life. He was surrounded by violence and hanging with the wrong crowd. Today, Rojas is an artist in his own right and just graduated with an MFA degree from Boston University.

First-of-its-Kind Forum Promotes Arts Education in Prisons

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Can painting, sketching, playing instruments, and other forms of art help rehabilitate prisoners and reduce repeat offenses?

USF Nursing & Public Health Students Behind Expanded Free Medical Services

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USF’s School of Nursing and Health Professions (SONHP) has been recognized for helping to expand medical care to San Francisco’s most needy at a free clinic that serves patients far beyond its Tenderloin neighborhood address.

USF’s Tax Moot Court Team Wins ABA National Competition

04-01-2015Tax Moot Court

In USF’s first year fielding a team in the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge, Aaron Miki 4L and Mikkela Sweet 4L won first place in the oral portion of the national moot court competition’s JD division.

“Meaning” and the American Incarceration System

03-24-2015Dance in Jails

USF art and dance students recently stepped out of the recital hall and into county jail, where they put social change art theory into practice with inmates and soon found themselves breaking down cultural biases in surprising ways.

Art Exhibit Raises Questions About San Francisco Without African-Americans

03-18-2015Hiraeth 3.9 Art Collective

A new Thacher Gallery exhibit dives into the exodus of African-Americans from San Francisco over the past 20 years and the migration’s long-lasting effects on art, community, and perceptions of “home.”

USF Alumna is a National Leader on Solar 

02-27-2015Jeanine Cotter

USF’s Jeanine Cotter JD ’93 is the CEO and co-founder of San Francisco’s largest solar installation firm and a national leader in the green economy, having taken part in a recent White House summit on alternative energy. She attributes her success to principles she learned at USF and to running a business that focuses on improving the environment and supporting the local community as much as making a profit.

USF Commemorates Muslim Chapel Hill Students

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Members of the USF community gathered at Gleeson Plaza on Friday to remember three University of North Carolina students who were killed Feb. 10 at their off-campus Chapel Hill apartment — a crime that some Muslim leaders suggest reflects a tide of anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.

USF Hosts Teach-In After Ferguson & Staten Island

02-23-2015Black History Month Teach In

Alicia Garza, who co-founded the #BlackLivesMatter movement, will be on campus Feb. 24 for a day-long teach-in to raise awareness about prejudice, privilege, and persecution in the wake of national protests alleging widespread police violence against African-Americans.

Reclaiming Culture: PBS Follows Student’s Journey to Preserve Tribal Heritage

02-17-2015Jordan Dresser

Sometimes following your calling means venturing so far outside your comfort zone that you’ll ache with homesickness.

USF Faculty Honored for Top Scholarly Works & Research

02-13-2015Susan Steinberg

Four USF professors have been named College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholars for 2014. This year’s award honors outstanding publications and research on matters as varied as the role of religion in immigrants’ lives, previously undiscovered molecular species, fictional short stories about broken hearts, and the roots of international conflict in Africa.

When Walls Speak

02-09-2015Julian Rowand

A graduate student in USF’s Human Rights Education program co-directed a short documentary on the celebrated murals in San Francisco’s Mission District and helped paint one himself.

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Wins the California Prize for Service and the Common Good

02-02-2015Jeffery Johnson

The University of San Francisco has named the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund this year’s recipient of the USF California Prize for Service and the Common Good. The nonprofit was selected for its commitment to assisting Bay Area families facing financial crisis.

On MLK Day, Expert Panel Examines How to Improve Police and Community Interactions

01-23-2015Beyond Protests

Community and government leaders came together at the USF School of Law Jan. 20 for “Beyond the Protests,” a panel discussion on how to improve police and community interactions in the wake of controversies surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the lack of indictments against police officers involved in those incidents.

Take 5: Questions With Visiting Professor Janice Mirikitani

01-20-2015Janice Mirikitani Take 5

Janice Mirikitani, USF diversity scholar and visiting professor, talks about the power of diversity and whether San Francisco's tech boom is good for residents.

USF Salutes MLK's Legacy

01-16-2015MLK Day

With protest marches against alleged police brutality planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in major cities across the country, civil rights icon and USF Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones believes the United States is living through a watershed period.

Healing Hanoi

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A USF program is helping redefine the role of nurses in vietnam, in an effort to improve a health care system that is struggling to meet basic needs. It's working.

USF Gears Up to Give Back for the Holidays

11-25-2014Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and Dons everywhere have geared up to give back to those who are less fortunate by distributing food to families, volunteering, and organizing donation drives.

USF Senior Founds Sports League for Typical- and Special-Needs Kids


Montray Clemons ’16 is still smiling about what happened weeks ago when the Dons forward led basketball drills for a group of typical- and special-needs kids at USF’s War Memorial Gymnasium. Every few minutes one of the kids would light up like an incandescent bulb, their eyes beaming because they’d just learned to dribble between their legs or shoot a basket.

Hundreds Honor El Salvador’s Jesuit Martyrs

11-18-2014El Salvador Jesuits

The USF community joined St. Ignatius Church parishioners and San Francisco residents on Nov. 16 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the killing of five Jesuit priests in El Salvador. The priests were murdered in a violent raid at their residence in 1989, for standing in solidarity with the Salvadoran people and opposing the country’s military dictatorship.

Alumna is Chief Executive in the Fight Against Cancer

11-12-2014Family House

For Alexandra Morgan MNA ’00, the fight against cancer is personal. It played a pivotal role in her decision to become CEO of Family House — a San Francisco nonprofit that cares for children stricken by the disease.

Responding to Humanitarian Crisis, USF Assists Unaccompanied Minors

11-06-2014Immigrant Minors

Late last spring, a 17-year-old boy from Honduras was forced to leave his family and flee his home after his life was threatened by violent local gangs.

Giants in Baseball, Committed to Community Off the Field

10-24-2014Larry Baer Fr Privett

As the San Francisco Giants chase their third World Series championship in five years, the team’s fan base is at an all-time high. But it’s more than stellar baseball that makes the team the darling of Fog City; it’s their support of causes that are near and dear to San Franciscan’s hearts.

New Lo Schiavo Chair Meets Students at the Intersection of Politics and Faith

10-03-2014Lo Schiavo Turner

Frank Turner, S.J., a leading international advocate on issues of poverty, social deprivation, climate change, and foreign policy, has been named USF’s new Anna and Joseph Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought.

Law Student’s Investigation Exonerates Wrongly Accused Community Worker

09-26-2014Sam Meadows Kamran Meyer Katie Finch

Katie Finch ’14, a participant in this spring’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, recently won a case for her client thanks to her dogged investigation skills. The charges against her client were dismissed moments before the courtroom trial was about to begin, and Finch’s investigation also led to another defendant’s acquittal in a related case.

Battling AIDS: Biz Alum Joins Cause After Uganda Immersion 

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Mallory Browne ’13 could have landed a cushy corporate job after graduating as a standout USF business-marketing student. Instead, she saw a chance to make a difference and help save lives working for an international nonprofit that leads HIV/AIDS care and research in 28 countries around the world.

Race, Class, and Gender and How to Dance Them

09-17-2014Luis Reynoso

USF kicks off its fall Davies Forum with a performance and lecture by celebrated dancer and choreographer José Luis Reynoso on Sept. 18.

Who Benefits? Research Raises Questions About Fair Trade Coffee 

09-12-2014Fair trade coffee

When USF graduate researchers landed in Guatemala to investigate whether fair trade coffee was benefiting local coffee growers, they never imagined the experience would be turned into a novel about the country’s tug of war between rich and poor, its colonial past, and coffee marketers’ efforts to win international consumers’ hearts and minds.

One USF Nurse’s War on Fracking: A Struggle for Public Health

08-12-2014Fracking Drill Site

USF’s Barbara Sattler is at the forefront of a growing national movement to shine a public light on the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, and its adverse health risks.

San Francisco Poet Laureate and Activist Named USF Diversity Scholar

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If you ask celebrated poet and activist Janice Mirikitani, there’s no better classroom than the streets of San Francisco.


Shared Struggle Connects Teacher of the Year with Students

07-30-2014Charles Fowler

USF’s Charles Fowler MA '12 is single-mindedly dedicated to creating opportunities both in and out of the classroom for students to learn by improving their community.

Nursing Students Applauded for Service to San Franciscans

07-23-2014Nursing City Impact

USF’s nursing students are receiving accolades for their work providing free health care to some of the city’s poorest residents.

Vice Provost and Human Rights ‘Hero’ Joins San Francisco Library Commission

07-18-2014Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi

USF’s Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi has been named a San Francisco Human Rights Commission Hero Award winner. The award comes on the heels of a separate honor: Mayor Ed Lee recently appointed Wardell-Ghirarduzzi to the San Francisco Library Commission.

USF School Counseling Students Coach High Schoolers to Higher College Enrollment Levels

07-10-2014Western Addition Counseling

USF school counseling students are leading the charge to increase college enrollment among San Francisco students from low-income and immigrant families by providing free counseling in public high schools.

Proudly Part of the City That Defines ‘Pride’

07-02-2014pride 2014

“When we march in Pride, we do it because we know it’s important both for those who march and for those who see us march,” said Andrea Wise ’08, MA ’13. 

Hundreds Flock to USF Nursing Students’ Mobile Health Clinics

06-27-2014Central Valley nurses

In May, USF nursing students traveled to one of the poorest regions in the country and set up pop-up health clinics to treat local residents who couldn’t afford to see a physician. Children as young as 4 years old, their parents and family members, along with many of the community’s homeless lined up by the hundreds.

The Game They Never Played

06-04-201451 Dons football team

The 1951 Dons is arguably one of the best college football teams of all time. They had a perfect season — nine wins, no losses, no ties — and the players were so talented, the National Football League drafted nine of them and named three to its Hall of Fame, a record for one college team.

A Conversation With San Francisco’s Top Cop

05-30-2014Greg Suhr '88

“I tell my cops on the very first day that if they think it’s all about this uniform or gun, they joined the wrong police department,” says Police Chief Greg Suhr ’88.

Fight on all Fronts: USF Gates Millennium Scholar Puts on the Gloves for Immigrant Rights

05-28-2014Marisela Esparza

Like most USF students, Marisela Esparza’s service-learning experience started by volunteering for a cause. Unlike most, it ended with her helping to organize a strike to win higher wages for thousands of San Francisco hotel workers. What began as a class requirement became a calling.

Ex-Gang Member Turned USF Grad Student on the Forefront of Fight to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

05-14-2014Luis Aroche logo

Luis Aroche MPA ’15 is on the frontlines of the fight to reduce California’s overcrowded prisons, now at about 144 percent of capacity. 

Law Student Works as Extern for California Supreme Court Chief Justice

05-07-2014Alyssa Busse

Law student Alyssa Bussey ’14 has worked as an extern for California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye since January, working on petitions for review, observing oral arguments, analyzing draft opinions, performing research assignments, and even contributing to a draft opinion.

April Action: USFers Lend a Hand for Days of Service

05-05-2014April Action

More than 150 USFers tapped into their giving spirit and joined the university’s April Action community service campaign this year.

Graduate Saves Lives and Transforms Health Care in Ghana

03-26-2014Barbara Denman in Ghana

Barbara Demman ’98 is leading a pioneering effort to train Ghanaian nurses in emergency medicine so they can open desperately needed hospital emergency departments and rural clinics throughout the nation. 

School of Law Dean Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

02-28-2014Trasvina Civil Rights small

USF School of Law Dean John Trasviña celebrated the courage of young people pushing for change in his first campus-wide address, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

Supreme Court’s Antonin Scalia Offers Tips to Law Students

02-20-2014U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and award-winning legal author Bryan A. Garner told USF law students exactly what to do if they want to persuade a judge: avoid jargon, understand the weaknesses of their case, and use only their strongest arguments.

ESPN Tells the Story of Football Team’s 1951 Stand Against Racism

02-03-2014Ollie Matson

ESPN aired the incredible true story of the USF football team’s stand against injustice and racism in 1951. When the players were asked to leave the team’s two African American players behind in exchange for a berth in the Orange Bowl, they refused.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Talks Legal Ethics at USF

01-27-2014Antonin Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and lawyer and author Bryan A. Garner will be on campus for two events Jan. 31. The pair will discuss the challenges posed to legal ethics by technology, public speaking, and money and talk about their latest co-authored book on interpreting legal texts.

USF Earns High Marks for Research, Community Service, and Student Support

11-05-2013Washington Monthly 2013

The University of San Francisco is again ranked among the top universities and colleges in the country for what it contributes to the public good in terms of academic research, community service, and support for low-income students, according to Washington Monthly magazine.