Each semester the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach partners with different schools at USF and community-based partner organizations to bring panel discussions and forums to campus. These discussions spotlight USF faculty who specialize in critical diversity issues and local leaders working on these issues daily. These thought-provoking dialogues challenge assumptions and demystify controversial subjects surrounding key diversity issues.
Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics & the Retreat from Racial Equity
February 26, 2013
The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach facilitated the visit of renowned anti-racist author, essayist, and educator, Tim Wise to USF. Over 700 students, faculty, and staff attended from USF including community members from across the Bay Area. In his lecture, Mr. Wise discussed the pitfalls of "colorblindness" in the Obama era. He argued against colorblindness and for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice. He argues that we can only begin to move toward authentic social and economic equity through illuminated individualism-acknowledging the diverse identities that have shaped our perceptions and the role that race continues to play in the maintenance of disparities between whites and people of color in the United States today.
A Conversation with Clarence B. Jones: 21st Century Challenges from the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
November 1, 2012
The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, together with the Office of the Provost and the Black Student Union, hosted an“Inside the Actor’s Studio” style dialogue and community event with civil rights activist and inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor Clarence B. Jones
. Dr. Jones was the personal attorney, speechwriter, and advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The conversation was moderated by Ray Taliaferro
, legendary Bay Area broadcast personality as former KGO News radio host and political commentator.
September 12th, 2012
The Office of the Provost, the Office of Diversity Engagement & Community Outreach, the Department of Media Studies and the Minor in Journalism presented a panel discussion with five award-winning women in television journalism. The conversation dealt with: their careers, including managing family life and news deadlines, how to get into the business of news reporting, the state of the video news industry in the digital era, and how race and gender influence their work. The panel was moderated by Professor Teresa Moore of the Media Studies Department.
- Belva Davis, Pioneering broadcast journalist and host of "This Week in Northern California" on KQED
- Anna Duckworth, KCBS radio reporter and former television reporter
- Jana Katsuyama, KTVU reporter
- Valerie Coleman Morris, former business anchor for CNN domestic and international
- Vicky Nguyen, NBC investigative Bay Area reporter and former USF valedictorian
Photos by Shawn P. Calhoun
Listen to the panel discussion that took place on Street Soldiers Radio (KMEL 106.1 FM); a continuation of the discussion on the “achievement gap” and the state of urban education, hosted by Dr.
Joe Marshall, Executive Director of the Omega Boys Club, with a guest appearance by Dr. Mary Wardell, Associate Vice Provost of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at USF.
- Patrick Camangian,
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education
- Katrina Traylor,
Co-Director, June Jordan School of Equity, San Francisco
- Deborah Estell,
Coordinator, Leadership Academy, Omega Boys Club
- Noah Borrero, Assistant Professor of
Teacher Education, USF School of Education
February, 22, 2012
The University of San Francisco’s Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, the USF School of Education, and the Omega Boys Club presented a panel discussion exploring the root causes and potential solutions to the “achievement gap” affecting disadvantaged students in urban schools. The forum was moderated by Dr. Joseph E. Marshall Jr., co-founder and executive director of the Omega Boys Club.
- Patrick Camangian, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education
- Katrina Traylor, Co-Director, June Jordan School of Equity, San Francisco
- Deborah Estell, Coordinator, Leadership Academy, Omega Boys Club
- Noah Borrero, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, USF School of Education
Photos by Shawn P. Calhoun