National and Campus Dialogue on Inclusion

Join ongoing dialogues and actions at USD to promote love, inclusion and justice on our campus, in our communities, across the nation and around the world. Contest the marginalization and dehumanization of people because of their identity, status or faith.

Statements and Campus Community Messages

President James Harris
Aug. 16, 2017

We're scaring off future Einsteins (USA Today)
President James Harris
Mar. 17, 2017

Message from Kroc School Faculty
Mar. 1, 2017

Ongoing Community Dialogues on Inclusion
Esteban del Rio, Provost for Inclusion and Diversity
Feb. 27, 2017

University Senate Resolution
Feb. 23, 2017

Message to the campus community after the election
President James Harris
Nov. 10, 2016

Deepening Interreligious Dialogue and Community Alliances
President James Harris
Feb. 17, 2016

Recent Campus Dialogues

Torero Tuesday
Tuesday, 2/28, 9-10pm
Manchester Village Courtyard and Gathering Space

Community Circle Dialogue
Monday, 2/27, 7-8:30pm
Camino Hall 109

Community Circle Dialogue
Monday, 2/27, 3-4:30pm
University Center room 103 and 104

Community Dialogue
Sponsored by Hillel of San Diego and the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA)
Monday, 2/27, Noon
Warren Hall 2A

Take Action Huddle
Friday, 2/24, 1-2:00 p.m.
SLP 418 (UFMC)

The New Political Landscape: Trump and Black History Month
Tuesday, 2/21, 4-5:30 p.m.
Serra Hall, Room 200, Humanities Center

March 1, 2017

The practice of inclusion—based in love, from a context of pluralism, and achieved through equity—holds incredible power to transform communities in the direction of social justice and structural compassion. Prophetic voices from communities of faith call for inclusion and love. However, our nation currently faces serious challenges to inclusion: the scapegoating of immigrants and refugees; manifestations of white supremacy and a rise in hate crimes nationally; and threats against Jewish community centers, synagogues, and desecration of Jewish cemeteries. Some see these realities in the context of national leadership transition, while others see historical continuity in our struggles—and often failures—to live up to the ideals of the Constitution and the call to love expressed by faith communities.

Students have raised voices in expressions of love and solidarity to advance human dignity regardless of religion, identity, or status. Yet, the forces that threaten inclusion manifest in our community, with swastikas recently found scrawled on bathroom walls on our campus. We all face our own challenges in practicing empathy, compassion, love, and justice. And as a university community, we hope to continue thoughtful dialogues in and outside the classroom about how we can join with others to resist forces of oppression, marginalization, and subjugation that can live in our hearts or manifest in our habits and assumptions.

Esteban del Río, PhD
Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

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