Hello Fellow Toreros,

February is a great time to get connected on the USD campus, from the All Faith Service and Ash Wednesday services, to Black History Month events and the spring Alcala Bazaar, which for the first time was held outside on the new Paseo de Colachis. Toreros also spent quality time together off campus. I participated in University Ministry’s annual Men’s Retreat and I heard that the Women’s Center Empower Leadership Retreat was also impactful. Generations of USD families came together in February to enjoy Grandparents Weekend. Many of the pathways in our Envisioning 2024 strategic plan center on ways that USD can forge strong relationships. I hope the connections you made in February are ones you will cherish.

James T. Harris

James T. Harris III, President

February 2018

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President Harris, students at Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Had a great time at the USD Torero event in Salt Lake City with students who were there for the Sundance Film Festival!

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San Diego Union-Tribune

Tyler Gulliksen, 30, is an International Relations master's student on the USD golf team. He's also a Navy lieutenant who served in the Persian Gulf, West Africa and been part of an elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit.

Our Sunday Visitor 

USD welcomes contributions and leadership of immigrant students, says Maria Silva, director of Neighborhood and Community Engaged Partnerships for USD's Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action. 

Los Angeles Times

The Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego's School of Law helped craft legislation to make social media sites obtain clear permission from parents before allowing children and teens to use their services..


February's Black History Month observed at USD by film/discussions, cultural celebrations and guest talks. 

The campus community learned about Black history and culture, explored issues through films with discussion, a student-led symposium on Beyonce's "Lemonade" album, a Beyond the Classroom event with new professors, an African Diaspora cultural celebration, Duchess Harris talking about the Black Women of NASA, and a talk by USD alumnus and first Ethnic Studies graduate Christopher Wilson.

Innovation is Everywhere: Global SIC entries are in, V2 Begins, Stanford names four USD students as UIF

A record 300 students worldwide entered USD's Global Social Innovation Challenge by the Feb. 15 deadline. Binational students are now working on their Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch Competition entries. Four undergraduate USD students have been named University Innovation Fellows via Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Kroc Peace School Dean Patricia Marquez Receives Rotary District 5340's Pathways to Peace Award

Rotary District 5340, which covers service clubs in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties, honored Marquez. "I'm completely honored and humbled by this award, but it is not just for Patricia Marquez, this award is for the Kroc Peace School and for the University of San Diego. This work is not something I do alone," she said. 

Humanities Center offers many interesting spring events for the community to examine, discuss and engage. 

From its Illume, College and Knapp Lecture Speakers series to an interdisciplinary look at the Idea of Beauty, student exhibitions and a Digital Humanities series, Serra Hall's Room 200 is the place to be and to learn this semester.


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