Center for Inclusion and Diversity

The Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) at the University of San Diego serves the campus by coordinating, advocating, and assessing diversity and inclusion efforts across the institution.

As a community of inquiry, the CID cultivates questions of difference and mutuality across curricular and co-curricular contexts. The University of San Diego holds deep commitment to developing and sustaining a diverse campus community in the broadest sense, including differences in gender, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, political perspectives, geographic origin, and physical ability.

From the Associate Provost


14 February 2017

Last week, reports surfaced that immigration enforcement activities have increased and expanded under the Trump Administration. In Arizona, the dramatic detention and deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos to Nogales, Mexico last week captured the attention, alarm and compassion of many. In Nogales, she found shelter at the Kino Nazareth House, part of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), which was begun by partnerships between the Archdiocese of Hermosillo and the Diocese of Tucson, the Society of Jesus, and Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist. KBI called “on the new Administration to protect family unity and respect the dignity of each individual.”

There are mixed reports causing confusion about the intensity of immigration enforcement under the new administration, which was very active under the Obama Administration. Federal immigration officials claim that actions in recent days are “consistent with routine,” whereas reports from immigrant rights advocates and communities suggest otherwise. One change that may influence both perceptions and actions is that the Trump Administration has vastly expanded those immigrants targeted for deportation, including those with no criminal records.

We have seen no activity on our campus or in our surrounding neighborhood. Should a federal law enforcement officer come to campus to conduct a background check or to seek other information, the Department of Public Safety and/or the Office of the General Counsel should be promptly notified. The university will closely monitor any actions in our community. You can find out more by clicking here.

This Wednesday, February 15 USD hosts a session titled Know Your Rights/¡Conoce tus derechos! in collaboration with the San Diego Immigrants Rights Coalition and Alliance San Diego at 6:30pm in the Humanities Center. At 7:30pm, students have organized a march/vigil titled Where Is the Love? beginning at the Student Life Pavilion. The Mass for Peace will offer special reflection on “welcoming the stranger.”


Black History Month at USD

10 February 2017

Coretta Scott King visited the University of San Diego on at least two occasions: a 1989 lecture in Shiley Theater about civil rights and her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; and a 1995 address in the University Center Forums, where she endorsed the Million Man March.

During her remarks in 1989, in front of hundreds of students, she spoke about her husband’s legacy:

 “We’ve come a long way in bringing people an awareness to what he stood for: principles of non-violence, human rights, and an example of human dignity and decency. He taught how to love unconditionally. That’s important in a world context…We have to understand and respect and appreciate people who are different from ourselves. That is what we really say America is all about. It is a home for all of God’s children.”

Black History Month reminds us to bear witness as to how African American history and the struggle for civil rights animate our present moment, and to excavate the obscured histories of marginalized groups in the U.S. so that we may fully walk together in confronting injustice and creating a home “for all of God’s children.”

 Because February arrives at the beginning of our spring semester, it also represents an occasion to recognize that bigotry and the structural sin of racism must be contested with solidarity, social justice, and structural mercy.

As we consider how the past echoes into the present and determines our future, we are called to create a larger, more inclusive, and more just memory, casting a broader context on the events and decisions that face us today and tomorrow. There are many chances to join ongoing events about Black History Month at USD. See an updated list of events here.

Esteban del Río

Laneé Battle Johnson

Center for Inclusion & Diversity

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National Immigration Dialogue: Impact on Higher Education National Immigration Dialogue Website Visit the new one-stop website for statements, resources and latest news related to the national immigration dialogue. If you would like guidance navigating these resources, contact the CID to speak to someone.

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