Title IX Guidance

Practically speaking, federal guidance on campus sexual-assault policy has returned to the pre-2011 era. But colleges’ policies won’t. At least not right away. Campus Title IX officers told The Chronicle on Friday that their colleges would remain committed to sexual-assault prevention and response, despite the federal government’s announcement that the approach to the gender-equity law that the Obama administration had championed was effectively over. Please click here for full article.



DECO Kicks Off Racial Justice in Catholic Higher Education Dialogue Series

This six-week dialogue series focuses on diversity and inclusion and what these mean in the context of Catholic higher education. Using readings and activities that allow participants to explore the Catholic Church’s institutional response to racial injustice and identify how systemic racism also affects campus climate at the institutional level, these dialogues will allow faculty and staff participants to make connections to their own practice and context. The series is based on the book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010) by Bryan Massingale. The series is co-facilitated by Dr. Ursula Aldana and Dr. Jane Bleasdale, Assistant Professors in the Catholic Education Leadership Program in the USF Department of Leadership Studies. Co-sponsored by Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, Gleeson Library | Geschke Center, Human Resources, and University Ministry with funding provided by the USF Jesuit Foundation.


DECO and ASUSF Present at Georgetown

In late February, Vice Provost Mary Wardell, DECO Program Manager Ria DasGupta, and ASUSF President Shaya Kara were invited by Georgetown University’s Center for Social Justice to lead a workshop for students, staff, and faculty on the topic of Transformative Allyship. A concept rooted in Jesuit values, transformative allyship aims to work past fear to discuss the unique roadblocks and challenges to create a campus climate that is cognizant of history, positionality, and social identity so that we may offer new possibilities for disrupting entrenched systems of power.