Torero Tidbits: Busy USD Virtual Events Day/Night for Aug. 20

Torero Tidbits: Busy USD Virtual Events Day/Night for Aug. 20

While the Fall Alcala Bazaar, a major early semester event to introduce students to the many ways to get involved at USD isn’t until Aug. 25 and 27, if you want to spend any possible free time just on Thursday, Aug. 20 here are some of the many events USD has to offer. All events below are virtual (Zoom) or on a mobile app (DISCORD).

Mass of the Holy Spirit

An early fall semester tradition at USD, the Mass of the Holy Spirit takes place at 12:15 p.m. in The Immaculata Catholic Church. During the liturgy, we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our campus activities. The Mass will be live-streamed at the website. The direct link is here.

Title IX and USD Forum

Sponsored by Associated Students and USD Human Resources, there will be a virtual campus forum on Zoom from 1:15 to 2 p.m. to learn about recent changes to federal Title IX regulations. USD’s Title IX Coordinator, Nicole Schuessler Veloz, will provide an update and respond to student questions.

While significant changes have been made, USD's commitment to supporting students impacted by sexual and relationship violence and holding students accountable has not changed. All existing services and support are still available to students.

Register here to join the virtual forum.

Study Abroad 101

Are you interested in studying abroad? Step one is to attend a Study Abroad 101 session to receive general information and learn about the study abroad process or for help choosing a program.

There are multiple sessions of Study Abroad 101 during the semester. The one on Aug. 20 is from 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. on Zoom. To sign up, go here.

Thoughtful Thursdays: Guided Meditation for USD Community

Each Thursday at 4 p.m. during the fall semester, University Ministry invites the USD community to pause and reflect on the past week, noticing challenges faced and gifts received, by praying together a guided Examen prayer.

Based in the Christian tradition, the Examen is a form of prayer that invites us to gratefully review the events of our week, learn from our emotions, and recognize how we are being invited to move forward in more peace and freedom.  It is accessible for people of any, or no faith tradition as a way of growing in awareness of how we are best living in concert with our values and where we inevitably fall short. Grow in gratitude, nourish yourself and be better prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Each week will be led by different members of our community via livestream and available as a recording shortly afterwards. Subsequent Thoughtful Thursdays are Aug. 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5 and 12. Register here.

First-Generation Student Welcome

One of the many specialized events during the Torero Program Board’s Weeks of Welcome celebration is an event for all first-generation students from 5-6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This event is hosted by the USD First Gen Action Team.

To attend, RSVP here and an email with the Zoom link will be sent separately. For more information or questions about resources for first-generation college students at USD, please email

The First Gen event is one of several virtual welcome events this month during the Weeks of Welcome. Other events are: LGBTQ+ and Allies Fall Kickoff on Aug. 26, 7 p.m.; Commuter Connections on Aug. 28, 6 p.m.; Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) Mixer on Aug. 31, 4 p.m.; Latinx Welcome on Sept. 1, 1 p.m.; and the Out-of-State Student Welcome, Sept. 1, 3-3:30 p.m.

Discussion: A Path Forward (two sessions)

The University of San Diego is proudly sponsoring a free, virtual event, A Path Forward, which is hosted by the National Conflict Resolution Center. It will feature leading scholars and #1 Best Sellers, Robin DiAngelo (White Fragility) and Ibram X. Kendi (How to Be an Anti-Racist) and will be facilitated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery. 

There are two sessions, one from 5-6:15 p.m. and 7 to 8:15 p.m. For more information and to register for the virtual link, visit this website.

PS/IR Faculty, Students Live Discussions for Fall Election Events

Faculty in USD’s Political Science and International Relations Department will host live, online discussions of the major events of the 2020 Presidential Election. These discussions are text-based, academic discussions to be held on the DISCORD social platform.

Beginning with the Aug. 20 Democratic National Convention’s final night and expected nomination acceptance speech by Joe Biden, the USD community can register with a USD email address. You are signing up to receive a link to the DISCORD server where the discussions will be hosted. These are text-based and not on Zoom.

Additional discussions will take place on Aug. 27 Donald Trump’s Nomination Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention; Presidential debates on Sept. 29, Oct. 7 and Oct. 15; a Vice Presidential debate Oct. 22 and Election Night on Nov. 3.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

The annual fall semester Mass of the Holy Spirit takes place Aug. 20, 12:15 p.m., via livestream only, on what is to be a busy day/night for USD virtual events.The annual fall semester Mass of the Holy Spirit takes place Aug. 20, 12:15 p.m., via livestream only, on what is to be a busy day/night for USD virtual events.

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