Programs

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.

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!

Diversity Banquet

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 2, 2018 at 5:30-8:00pm in the UC Forums.

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

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.

"Greater Than Yourself - The Second Year Experience"

GTY retreat 2014-15Greater Than Yourself is a free*, four-day 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. Participants will also be members of the USD Welcome Team, greeting and assisting incoming students with the opening of Orientation and move-in day. The experience is free to accepted students and includes meals, snacks, early housing, and materials. 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.

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."

NCOREStudents at ncore 2016

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.

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.

Social Justice Lab

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In partnership with the Changemaker Hub and the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness, and Social Action, the Social Justice Lab will provide students from across campus with hands-on experience to use their passion to address social justice issues today. In this interactive co-learning space, participants will learn key tools that will accelerate putting these ideas into action. The Social Justice Lab is free to students, and includes meals (breakfast and lunch), snacks, and materials. Participants must commit to the entire experience - no late arrivals or early departures. Registration for the Social Justice Lab is coming soon and it will close on Friday, March 2nd.

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.