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

The Recent Election 2016

21 November 2016

The recent election, like all elections, was characterized by differences of opinion about the direction of the nation. Frustration with the economy and a sense of losing ground pervades many communities and voting blocs. Unlike recent elections, xenophobia, nativism, misogyny, racism, and bigotry were given voice and legitimization in broad campaign discourses. Differences between us have been amplified and we are witnessing episodes of hostility and confrontation based on differences.
For international students, students whose parents are undocumented, DACA students, or others who have questions about safety and status or are feeling anxious and concerned pleas contact the International Center (Serra 201; phone: 619-260-4598) or the Counseling Center (Serra 300; phone:  619-260-4655). The easiest way to secure services is to visit the online USD MyWellness Portal at
As a Catholic community, let our regard and behavior toward each other be guided by empathy, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, justice, and love, which are modeled in the life of Jesus and supported in Catholic Social Teaching. Our commitment to advance the diversity of our community and to practice inclusion remains focused and strategic. Creating global citizens is one of our strategic principles: USD seeks to set the standard as a school that produces liberally educated leaders with a global mindset, who embrace difference at home and abroad and act with integrity and compassion as changemakers engaged in a complex and ever-changing world.
Many spaces have opened up for members of our community to talk about the election and and what it means - bring your best selves to these conversations. Listen to each other, understand each other, respectfully disagree, deliberate, and do so as a community united by our mission and the spirit of Changemaking.

-Esteban del Rio, Ph.D.

08 July 2016

The extrajudicial killings of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and a sniper attack targeting Dallas police officers, killing five officers and wounding 7 others and 2 civilians, mark a tragic week in the United States. The evolving stories of Castile and Sterling have sparked international media coverage and amplify the call that black lives matter in the context of a cascade of videotaped killings over the last several years and a larger history of institutional violence used against black people in the U.S. The attack on Dallas police last night and the deaths of still unnamed officers, demonstrate how violence can be contagious, working against justice. 

As a Catholic community, we are called to seek out the marginalized, as Pope Francis urges, by "rolling up our sleeves and not standing by and watching passively the suffering of the world." As a university, we must continue to deepen understanding of the experiences and intersectionality of marginalized groups through our courses, conversations, and dialogues. We must continue to build empathy and pathways to justice through community engagement, research, and partnerships. We must renew our ongoing commitment to justly represent the beauty and breadth of God's creation in our own campus community, and to always transform ourselves to facilitate the hopes of increasingly diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff. We must continue to recognize that complex problems require an “integral ecology” defined by love.

Hope and justice go hand in hand. In this summer of so much sorrow, let us "roll up our sleeves" and find ways to grow hope and justice.

-Esteban del Rio, Ph.D

To read archived messages from the Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity can be found here.

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Upcoming Events

  • Feb18

    Social Justice Lab

    Saturday, February 18, 2017 // 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Feb28

    Fireside Chat with President Harris

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 // 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.Student Life Pavilion, Room Outside of Tu Mercado 5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego, CA 92110

  • Apr6


    Thursday, April 6, 2017 // 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.Student Life Pavilion, Room 418 5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego, CA 92110

  • May17

    Fireside Chat with President Harris

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 // 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.Student Life Pavilion, Room Outside of Tu Mercado 5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego, CA 92110

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Contact Information

Center for Inclusion and Diversity
Maher Hall 253
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7455
Fax: (619) 849-8280