On a picture-perfect San Diego day, hundreds of members of the University of San Diego campus community came together to walk and celebrate diversity and inclusion at the sixth annual March of the Toreros event on Thursday.
Students, staff, faculty and administrators marched from Student Life Pavilion’s Plaza Mayor, were joined by another wave of Toreros in front of Maher Hall, and then everyone proceeded to take over the street leading to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s Garden of the Sky area.
Once the large group arrived, a message from Lavanya Sridharan, the Torero Program Board’s Multicultural Programming Coordinator, welcomed everyone to the event, which featured music and free international cuisine from many different cultures.
Associate Professor of Communication Studies Esteban Del Rio, PhD, who serves as USD’s associate provost for inclusion and diversity and director of the Center of Inclusion and Diversity, then offered passionate words regarding the importance of celebrating diversity and inclusion not just for one day, or one week, but that it becomes a daily “habit” for all.
“God lives in each of us,” he said. “We each deserve dignity, we each deserve love, respect and justice.”
Del Rio asked all students to actively participate in creating and fostering an inclusive campus.
See a photo album from Thursday’s March of the Toreros event.
— Ryan T. Blystone