What do you get when you mix Buzzfeed, celeb tweets, and Fox5 San Diego TV News? #WhatsTrendingUSD is a dialogue series that brings students, faculty, and staff together to discuss hot topic current events, sociopolitical issues, and pop culture that are trending in the news and social media. Example discussions range from the effects of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil to the impact of the "D" requirement at USD. We will use social media to poll and engage the USD community through #WhatsTrendingUSD. Don't miss out USD! Rock your soapbox (and fill your lunchbox as food will be provided) on the 1st Thursday of every month from 12:30-1:30pm at SLP 418.
Beyond the Classroom
Chat and lunch with fellow students, faculty, and staff members at the UFMC! During this program, faculty members share their personal stories and how they connect social justice, identity, and culture into their curriculum and daily lives. This event is held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Make sure to drop by for great conversations and food!
This year-end celebration honors the accomplishments of graduating seniors and graduate students, recognizing their outstanding achievements and contributions to USD and the UFMC. Selected graduates will also be honored with C.L.A.S.S. Awards for their contributions to the development of leadership, academics, social justice, and service on campus. Family members of graduates are encouraged to join us for this special event. The Diversity Banquet will be on May 3, 2016 at 5:30-8:00pm in the UC Forums A and B.
Have you ever wondered about the origin of some words/phrases, and what more inclusive language even looks like? Language Matters examines the power of words and explores different ways that we can communicate the same message while honoring and respecting our identities and diverse backgrounds and perspectives. It challenges everyone to “think before you speak” and utilizes a combination of interactive workshops, poster series, and resources to challenge and raise awareness about language that marginalizes groups and communities.
This annual event brings different traditions, cultures, and talents that make up the USD community. Everyone is invited to enjoy delicious cultural cuisine and enjoy talented performances from various multicultural student organizations. Previous performances include singing and spoken word as well as traditional and contemporary dances from the Philippines, Mexico, Hawai'i, Spain, and India. "It is through the arts, the sharing of our traditions without any stigmas or stereotypes, that the beauty of unique heritages and cultural distinctness can be most easily transmitted and appreciated."
The Annual National Conference On Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. For more information about the conference visit the NCORE website.
The UFMC works with university departments, students, community organizations and local schools toconnect youth to the University of San Diego and build relationships. Our efforts seek to enhance the recruitment of underrepresented groups and create a more diverse and inclusive community.
Safe Space Allies
The Safe Space Allies Network enhances the ability of students, staff, administrators and faculty to demonstrate proactively and personally the University's core values of community, inclusion, and respect for all - regardless of sexual orientation or other identity. Grounded in Catholic Social Thought, the University's mission affirms that all human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. View more information.
The San Diego Spring Break Social Justice Experience is open to all students who are interested in learning about as well as those who are looking for opportunities to further their understanding of social justice. As a group, we will engage in dialogue to explore issues of the social justice umbrella within the San Diego community to understand how dynamics of privilege and oppression show up in our lives and on campus. This program is co-sponsored with Residential Life, the Black Student Resource Center, and Associated Students.
We invite the USD community to T.H.I.N.K. whether our actions and words are True, Harmful, Inclusive, Necessary, and Kind. Held at the beginning of fall semester, this week-long program raises awareness of the impact of hate crimes and bias motivated incidents in our community. During this time, we present speakers, films, discussions, exhibits, information tables, and much more.
The UFMC Formal is an annual spring dance for all USD students in which we come together to enjoy good company, great food, and dance the night away at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.