Criminals in the U.S. receive longer sentences for lesser crimes, including life without parole (LWOP) for nonviolent offenders and for juveniles, putting the country at odds with sentencing practices in the rest of the world, according to a recent University of San Francisco study.
This summer, 12 graduate students from
the University of San Francisco’s International and Multicultural Education (IME)
Program traveled to the remote Amazon region of Morona Santiago, Ecuador, to
build a bilingual curriculum for an ancient, indigenous people fighting for its
Returning to the Philippines to study this past spring, Teresa Cariño ’13 anticipated a kind of homecoming. The Philippines is her parents’ homeland, after all. She had visited many times. What she found were families crowded into shanties and children living on the streets—scenes she had previously only glimpsed from the security of her family’s car.
On Aug. 7, 2011, nine former senior Salvadoran military officers turned themselves in at an army base outside San Salvador, rather than face the humiliating prospect of being arrested in public. They did so after Interpol, acting at the behest of a Spanish court, issued an international warrant for their arrest as alleged perpetrators of one of the most shocking human rights atrocities ever committed in Latin America: the assassination of six Jesuit priests, their cook, and her daughter in November 1989.
The child-safe hotel where Kelsey Silva ’13 and fellow
University of San Francisco classmates slept in Thailand was familiar, in a
studied way. As were the center that housed Thai women who were recently
rescued from prostitution and the restaurant where Silva’s class ate that was run
by former Cambodian street children.
daughter of Filipino immigrants, Teresa Cariño ’13 has memories of the
Philippines that come mostly from the stories she was told growing up and what
she glimpsed on visits from the backseat of the family car.
At the start of a new
season, most baseball players are thinking about homeruns and increasing their
batting averages. But University of San Francisco pitcher Bob Mott '12 will kick off
the 2012 season with an unusual goal for his team — 833 strikeouts.
University of San Francisco’s Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, assistant professor
of politics, has been honored by the White House as one of its Champions of Change — part of President Barack Obama’s Winning the Future initiative.
The University of San Francisco is teaming up with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international relief and development agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S., for a new initiative to advance social justice for marginalized communities around the world.
When William Neverman ’11 landed in Budapest as part of an
immersion trip to study cultural conflict and human rights violations involving
the Roma, he never imagined that his photographs would cause gallery-goers to break
down in tears.
The University of San Francisco will observe World AIDS Day,
Dec. 1, with several on-campus events, including a premiere screening of the Showtime
documentary film "Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys,” a workshop about HIV/AIDS transmission and
prevention, and a panel discussion with individuals who are HIV positive.
One-time Dons soccer player Sandy Draghi ’99, MSN ’05 and her
boyfriend, Jeremy Cline, recently pulled out not one but two dramatic comebacks
to make it into the final five teams of CBS’s "The Amazing Race."
Have you imagined waking
up to chirping birds outside your private tree house in Mt. Rainier National
Park, Wash., or sipping coffee over views from your deluxe camping tent in Shaba National Reserve, Kenya? The University of San Francisco’s David
Troya ’11 has your fix: “glamping,” or glamour camping.
Eric Fischer, MA ’10, recently completed
a 54-mile ultra marathon in Ifrane, Morocco, raising more than $2,000 for the
nonprofit America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA).
A team of University of San Francisco art + architecture
students recently won second place at the de Young Museum’s New Generations Student Showcase for their design
of an orphanage to house homeless children in Haiti.
Lilian Dube, assistant professor of theology and religious
studies, has expanded her efforts to educate University of San Francisco students about HIV/AIDS
conditions in Africa by leading an international service-learning program to
A University of San Francisco professor, three students from
Japan, and the Center for the Pacific Rim staged fundraising
campaigns this spring, bringing in $7,500 for victims of the earthquake and
subsequent tsunami in their home
country in March.
The idea for bringing once
conflicted sides togther in a health care setting came to Adeeb Yousif while
being held and tortured by the Sudanese goverment for his human rights work
there. While in custody, the intelligence official who had beat and tortured
him over an extended period became ill with malaria. As the son of one of the
first pharmicists in Darfur, Yousif decided he had no choice but to treat his
torturer and nurse him back to health.
Word of mouth has made the University of San Francisco’s
master’s degree in financial analysis highly coveted in China, where it is
widely considered among the top in the U.S. if not the world.
Akili Dada, an
international nonprofit that provides scholarships to poor Kenyan school girls
and that was founded by Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, University of San Francisco
assistant professor of politics, has been named a winner of the Marketplace of
Ideas competition sponsored by the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations
California could learn a thing or two about bilingual
intercultural education from the Shuar, an indigenous tribe living in the
remote Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, according to Susan Katz, professor of
international and multicultural education at the University of San Francisco’s
School of Education.
If sponsors of needy children in foreign countries have ever
worried that their assistance was assuaging their conscience more than
improving the recipient’s living standards, new research led by Bruce Wydick,
University of San Francisco economics professor, suggests that sponsors can set
those fears to rest.
The University of San Francisco School of Law’s Center for
Law and Global Justice is set to launch human rights courses at several Haitian law schools focused on
preventing child trafficking.
If international work and running a global organization are
experiences you’ve craved, AIESEC (Association Internationale des Étudiants en
Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) San Francisco, led by University of San
Francisco business students, might be in your future.
Sharon Stone, who is active in the fights against malaria in
Africa and HIV/AIDS worldwide, will take part in a public question and answer
session with Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Kiriyama distinguished fellow at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim
U.S. policy toward North Korea must change if the communist
government led by Kim Jong-il is to be prodded into giving up its pursuit of
nuclear weapons, according to researchers at the Nautilus Institute for
Security and Sustainability at the University of San Francisco.
With China fast becoming a major world economic power, University of San Francisco junior business major Noelan Brewington-Janssen saw a chance to put his professional future on solid footing by immersing himself in a culture he’d long been drawn to.
University of San
students enrolled in the first year seminar A Season in the Congo have invited
the campus community to “cell out” Thursday in Harney Plaza as part of this
week’s Congo Week,
a series of campus events and speakers organized to raise awareness about a
12-year-old war that rages on in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For the second year in a row, a University of San Francisco Asian studies student with a
Philippines concentration has won admittance to the Advanced Filipino Abroad
Program (AFAP), funded by the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad.
A group of University of San Francisco nurses who provided disaster assistance when a
hurricane hit Guatemala this spring has been honored by the American Red Cross
Bay Area Chapter and San Francisco County civic leaders for its courage.
The University of San Francisco's Eric Fischer, a master's
student in economics, has been named winner of a Boren Awards Fellowship for
International Study for 2010-11.
The University of San Francisco’s School of Education is
addressing the unique needs of international educators with a new program
designed for teachers and administrators living and working in Asia.
On the 400th anniversary of the death of Matteo Ricci, S.J., a pioneer and renowned scholar of Asian culture, the University of San Francisco opens two exhibits of art, iconography, and rare books that shed light on California’s role as a center for trade and cultural exchange extending to the Philippines, Mexico, and the tribes of North America dating back to the 1570s.
A $5 cell phone text donation to Keep a Child Alive by University of San Francisco sophomore Kristen Dyer won her a week-long trip
to South Africa with best-selling R n B artist Alicia Keys in June.
A University of San
School of Nursing immersion trip to San Lucas Mission in Guatemala to provide
prenatal care quickly became a disaster relief effort after Tropical Storm
Agatha came ashore May 29, turning roads into rivers, causing landslides, and
With 103 million Asian American, African American, and Hispanic
American consumers driving $2.3 trillion worth of America’s $10 trillion
market, interest in the University of San
School of Business and Professional Studies’ multi-cultural marketing
Why travel to South Korea to study professional sports
management when the U.S. is the world-recognized mecca of professional sports?
It’s a good question. One that University of San Francisco Assistant Professor
of sport management J. Andrew Choi faced frequently from his hosts as he
chaperoned a graduate sport management class from USF on a recent two-week
Adeeb Yousif came to the University of San Francisco the
hard way; perhaps the hardest. A refugee from Darfur, Yousif, now a
degree student in international studies, fled his home after being
speaking out against the government-supported genocide there and came to
U.S. He cannot return to Darfur for fear he will be killed.
Alongside familiar senior class gifts to expand the
library’s book collection or to purchase an ornamental statue for
paying to train and send slavery abolitionists to Africa to help secure
release of indentured child workers might be considered unconventional
As the media spotlight fades from Haiti following a
devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake there January 12, the University of
San Francisco has moved to rekindle
attention to the recovery and rebuilding taking place by holding a
teach-in of first-hand accounts and expert discussion.
When University of San Francisco sophomores Kalie Patterson and Annie
Tull returned to
campus after the Christmas holiday break, one of the first things they
did was brainstorm
how they could help Haiti after a devastating earthquake there Jan. 12.
When a roadside bomb exploded a Humvee in his convoy in Iraq,
U.S. Army Private Richard Hackett was quick to apply the basic first-aid he’d
It’s World AIDS Day 2009 and a dozen University of San
Francisco students are bundling boxes of multivitamins to be shipped to
Zimbabwe, where the disease afflicts more than 15 percent of the country’s
Determined to document alleged human rights abuses and
rule-of-law violations by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Peter Jan
Honigsberg, professor and director of legal research and writing at the University of San Francisco’s School of Law, has begun
conducting video taped interviews of former detainees of the military detention
The University of San Francisco is among the top 10 research
universities in the country for the number of Fulbright scholars it produced in
Born under a palm-wine tree in Ikot Akpan Eda, Nigeria, as the grandson of a man who brought Catholicism to his village, Uwen Akpan, S.J. grew up to become an ordained Jesuit priest, an award-winning fiction writer, and Oprah Book Club author. The acclaimed writer recently visited the University of San Francisco to read from his collection of stories about children, Say You’re One of Them.
If you equate thumbing through bibliographies in the Gleeson Library stacks with going out of your way for academic research, try “parachuting” into a remote African village to dig into microfinance, journalist intimidation, or the treatment of the mentally ill by spiritual healers.
Senior Claire Crowley remembers sobbing in the Johannesburg airport as
she waited to depart from a summer study trip in South Africa a year
ago, wondering how she would ever afford to return to the continent
that had enthralled her. Now she can, as the winner of a Gilman
When the U.S. government wasn't interested, Stephanie Ohshita found other countries willing to reduce energy use.