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Eliminating Anti-Black Racism in Catholic Higher Education

This campus-wide talk will cover the archetypical behaviors and institutional mindsets that encourage or prevent anti-Black racism in Catholic higher education. Guided by the principles of Catholic Social Thought, Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi helps educators and leaders understand how anti-Black racism works in Catholic higher education and describes the essential role of racial equity for building solidarity and reconciliation with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students, staff and faculty.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi is a seasoned executive leader and best-selling author serving the higher education community for more than 25 years. Leading as the inaugural vice provost & chief diversity officer at the University of San Francisco (USF), she is an expert in building strategic and lasting organizational capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to her academic affairs, student affairs, community engagement, and equity and inclusion leadership, she is the President of the San Francisco Public Library Commission where in 2018 she led the organization to win the coveted National Public Library of the Year award. Known for her servant leadership, she won the most influential woman award by the San Francisco Business Times in 2017 and won the Hero Award by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Changemaker award by the African American Historical Society of San Francisco. Currently, Dr. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi teaches race, diversity, and leadership to graduate students in the USF Schools of Management and Education. She holds a doctorate in education from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology; a masters in intercultural counseling and social justice education from San Diego State University, and a bachelors in communication from the University of the Pacific. To prepare today's corporate and non-profit leaders for the difficult yet necessary social justice work ahead, she founded The DEI Leadership Group, LLC, a crisis management, diversity solutions, and leadership development practice based in San Francisco. In 2020 she released her first book, Twice as Good: Leadership and Power for Women of Color.

  • Led by: Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi (University of San Francisco)
  • Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
  • Time: Noon - 1:15 PM
  • Location: Virtual
  • Sponsor: ADVANCE; CAT+FD

Note: This presentation is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators.

Tags: bias, racism
Format: hands-on
Event ID: 02093


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