Programs

A Taste of Culture

Because behind every dish there is a piece of history!
 
A Taste of Culture aims to focus on a particular cuisine each month to create awareness of its historical context, challenge any perceptions related to this cuisine and learn about the connections between food and culture. The event will include storytelling, discussion, and lunch.
 
Program Dates for Fall 2018: 9/25, 10/23, 12/4
 

Belonging@USD

Each year, first-year students participate in OLÉ! Weekend and attend this session to learn more about USD’s Core Value of Community. Students engage in discussion and dialogue about the impact of their actions and their role as a community member at USD.

Diversity Banquet

This year-end celebration honors the accomplishments of graduating 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 8, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the UC Forums.

Description of C.L.A.S.S. Awards

Nominate a graduating student for an award by April 13th

RSVP for the Diversity Banquet by April 20th

Formal

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. The Formal will be on March 22, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight.

Greater Than Yourself Retreat

GTY retreat 2014-15The Greater Than Yourself Retreat is a free program that brings students together to learn leadership concepts and strategies, explore personal awareness and identity, and build campus relationships and alliances. Participants develop their knowledge of self and others, enhance their awareness of intergroup dynamics, and expand their "toolkit" of campus resources and involvement opportunities. Participants are able to return to campus housing early at no additional charge. The experience is free to accepted students and includes meals and housing. Participants must commit to the entire retreat experience - no late arrivals or early departures. Failure to do so will result in a charge for early arrival housing on campus. Space is limited.

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Language Matters

Language Matters helps all USD first-year students think about how their daily actions and language are connected to sociocultural beliefs, histories, and systems. This program challenges everyone to think before speaking. It seeks to inspire conversations between our community members in and outside the classroom and create open dialogue with students, faculty, and staff about how we can use our words to transform how we understand and relate to each other.

Multicultural Night

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."

Outreach

The UFMC works with university departments, students, community organizations and local schools to connect 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.

Speak On It

What do you get when you mix Buzzfeed, celeb tweets, and Fox5 San Diego TV News? Speak On It 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 representation of gender at the Olympics to the impact of USD's policies on the student experience.  We will use social media to poll and engage the USD community.  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.