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It’s time for ! 👨🏾‍💻👩🏾‍💻Every Friday we’re going to be highlighting Black individuals who are making history today! 🕰 Check out as we celebrate Angela Davis, Kerry Washington, Rihanna, Colin Kaepernick, and Janet Mock! 🙌🏾


February 4, 1913 – Rosa Parks
“The First Lady of Civil Rights”, Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama. When Rosa Parks kept her seat on that bus, she stood up for the dignity and civil rights of every African American in the United States.

Her very patriotic and brave act was the stimulus that helped strengthen the Montgomery Bus Boycott and civil rights demonstrations around the country. Parks actions became a symbol of support against the crude racial discrimination that was prevalent in the south and many parts of the country. Her arrest for refusing the bus drivers demand to give up her seat on the bus to a white person helped initiate support for the cause of eliminating segregation. Parks at the time was secretary of the Montgomery Chapter of the NAACP, but she acted that day on her own. Rosa Parks died on October 24, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan at age 92. #



We are delighted to announce that registration for the Worthy of Wellness workshops created and facilitated by Dr. Della Mosley, University of Florida is up and running.

We hope that Dr. Mosley’s radical healing approach to processing racial trauma will be useful to USD’s BIPOC community members campus-wide. There are separate Worthy of Wellness sessions for BIPOC faculty, for BIPOC staff, and for BIPOC students. The attached flyer has registration links for each. Please share widely with students and colleagues in your networks who might benefit.

If you have ideas for other kinds of events or programs that you would like to see the Center for Educational Excellence put together, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Your CEE Team: Lisa, Rhea, and Brianna (in collaboration with Richard Miller and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity)


Welcome back Toreros! Join the UFMC on Thurs., Feb. 4th for our Latinx Social. The Latinx Social is an opportunity for students and allies of the Latinx community to come together to build community through conversations and games. Register at by Tues., Feb. 2nd to get the Zoom link. See you there!!

Registration link: #/esr?eid=a0K4y00000WGOyJEAX



Merry Christmas Everyone! Stay safe and wear your mask!


Today we pause to commemorate and appreciate the contributions of the Native community. Let us reflect on the rich history of America’s indigenous people, celebrate their culture and acknowledge the struggles remaining to overcome.


The holiday season is fast approaching, and we would like to once again invite you to join us in observing the special season leading up to Christmas through the USD Advent Calendar. Beginning Nov. 29, the digital calendar will feature a daily piece of content -- festive songs, spiritual reflections and fun tidbits all from USD community members -- to help you get in the spirit and enter more deeply into the season!

We invite you to sign up to receive our daily Advent emails, which will contain a link to the digital Advent Calendar. You can sign up here:

Michael Lovette-Colyer
[email protected]
(619) 260-4251


Let’s Go Toreros!


Today is the day!


Your vote matters!

Kronos Quartet: Testimony 10/29/2020

Excellent work!

Kronos Quartet: Testimony As we approach this pivotal moment in our nation's history, we are proud to premiere Kronos Quartet: Testimony, an exclusive Stanford Live production featuri...


Each year, the Women's Commons celebrates the contributions of women across campus. While we will be unable to recognize members of the campus community in person this fall, we continue the tradition of honoring students, faculty, staff and administrators that have positively impacted USD. Nominate someone today!

A Woman of Impact is one who lives principles of social justice. Through her work, activities, and relationships she supports others in finding voice, developing skills for transformation and understanding who they are called to be. Her community is not merely a place in which she exists; it is a place she actively improves.

All nominees and award recipients will be highlighted online at the end of the semester!

Erin Lovette-Colyer
[email protected]
(619) 260-2396


You still have time to register.


Join us today as we celebrate and honor Indigenous Peoples' Day. No reservation needed, the link will redirect you to the Zoom for the day of (the link is case sensitive).


‼️Quick Facts‼️

🇺🇲 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared the first national observance of Columbus Day in 1934 at the request of the Knights of Columbus and New York's Italian American Community. In 1937, Oct 12th became a national holiday.

🌎1977 UN International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the Americas proposed that Indigenous Peoples' Day replace Columbus Day.

🗣Indigenous Peoples' Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas.

❗South Dakota was the first state to rename Columbus Day in 1990 to Native American Day.

❗Berkley became the 1st city to rename the day to Indigenous Peoples' Day in 1992

(Source: Smithsonian, NPR)


DON'T MISS TOMORROW'S ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT FEATURING: ADAMA IWU '05. Tune in at 11 a.m. PST. In 2017, she was recognized as a "Silence Breaker" and featured on the cover of TIME's Persons of the Year edition. Adama is the co-founder of the We Said Enough Foundation, whose mission is to eliminate bullying, harassment, and assault in the workplace. RSVP at

Alumni Spotlight: Adama Iwu '05
Thursday, October 1 from 11 - 11:30 a.m. PT


Rest In Peace



❓Never heard of California Native American Day?

‼️ It is celebrated on the fourth Friday in September and was established as an official state holiday in 1998. The day celebrates the cultures, histories, and contributions of California tribal nations to the state and the country.

🗣 In San Diego County, the Indigenous people include the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla tribal nations.



Attending a Zoom talk with this incredible leader.
Topic: Dr. Constance Carroll, Catholic Perspectives on Racism and White Supremacy Series
"The American Catholic Church in the Shadow of Slavery"



There’s an instant sense of warmth and connection when speaking with the university’s new Interim Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Richard Miller, DPE. While he spoke to USD Magazine from his den in Bowling Green, Kentucky, via the now-ubiquitous Zoom platform, he has since relocated to San Diego. His one-year term in the newly created position began on September 1.

In a conversation that ranged from his early years in upstate New York to his athletic prowess to his long and distinguished career in academia, Miller was eloquent in discussing systemic racism, bias and the work that we as a society need to do to make real progress.

“These are issues that are contemporary, especially in light of the murder of George Floyd and others,” he says. “The level of consciousness — not only on the part of institutions, but on the country as a whole — has reached the point where this dialogue is not only necessary, but critically important. There’s been a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion and equity over the years. But it’s taken on a much different view and approach now.”

Miller grew up in Ithaca, New York, a predominantly white college town. One of four children, he was athletic from an early age. “Most of my young adult life, I was consumed with sports,” he recalls. ”I was very active in all three major sports, and was fortunate enough to be gifted to excel in all three.”

He was also studious. His mother was the secretary to the dean of Cornell University’s school of electrical engineering and had a second job typing doctoral dissertations and masters’ theses for students. “She would say to us kids, ‘One of these days, I’m going to be typing your master’s thesis,’ which turned out to be true, in my case.”

While Miller had played baseball, football and basketball throughout high school, once he got to college, he realized that he simply didn’t have time to pursue all three.

“I played basketball and baseball in college, but baseball was the sport I excelled at,” he recalls. When he graduated from Ithaca College in 1969 as an All-America baseball player, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants organization into one of their minor league teams in Great Falls, Montana, playing third base and in the outfield.

When asked what stands out about his baseball career, he doesn’t have to think twice. “The first two times up to the plate as a professional baseball player, I hit two home runs. It was kind of a signature moment of my baseball career.”

A career-ending injury occurred a few years later. “I would have loved to move up the ladder to get to the major leagues, but the good Lord had other plans for me, and that’s OK,” he says with a rueful laugh.

Miller believes the values he learned on the athletic field have proven invaluable when it comes to dealing with the various issues that have arisen over the course of his career of 40+ years in academia.

“The carryover has been essential for me. There are lessons that you learn in competition that carry over into a variety of fields of study and areas of work,” he says. “It teaches you confidence. It teaches you that you’re not always going to succeed. It teaches you that you have to be persistent in order to gain perfection. You have to have patience, and that’s something a lot of people lack these days. But the most important thing is that it teaches you to respect your opponent. That is absolutely essential.”

After his baseball career ended, Miller earned a master’s degree in health and physical education from Ithaca College, and his doctorate in exercise physiology from Springfield College in 1975. He subsequently took a position as an assistant professor at Bowie State University in Maryland, a public historically Black university. It was there that he says he was first exposed to an ethnically diverse environment.

“When you’re raised in an environment that’s predominantly white, there’s little focus on African American history or getting more immersed in African American culture. I didn’t have that when I grew up,” he recalls. “When I went to Bowie, I began to learn more about my race and the history of my race than I did when I was growing up. It was a wonderful learning experience for me to become more inculcated in my race and my culture.”

In the early 2000s, Miller first started getting more involved with diversity-related issues and concerns. “My passion for these issues really grew, and carried on into my time at Western Kentucky University,” he notes. In addition to his role as vice provost there, he also assumed the role of WKU’s first chief diversity officer, which he held for 12 years.

When announcing his appointment, Vice President and Provost Gail Baker, PhD, explained her vision for the position at USD, to “identify areas of concern, explore new pathways for improvement, promote the creation of accountability structures, budgetary priorities and other programs throughout the institution.”

The first step, according to Miller, is to learn and listen. “How can we establish a level of comfort in discussing these issues? People have always expressed some reluctance to talk about issues related to race and bias,” he notes. “But they have to reach a level of comfort to the extent that they can feel free to express their views and concerns without fear of showing ignorance or fear of being politically incorrect.”

For true change, tough conversations are a good place to start. “Once that level of comfort has been reached, you can begin to make some real headway,” says Miller. “I think it’s important for students — as well as faculty and staff — to constantly be exposed to seminars, colloquia and workshops dealing with a variety of issues that relate to diversity, inclusion and equity.”

Miller sees this particular moment in our country as an opportunity for growth and change. “I think the level of consciousness has reached a point where people realize we need to take a strategic approach. A discussion about implicit bias definitely needs to happen. The time is right.”

And the focus on students is paramount. “We are preparing students for careers in a society that is very multicultural. And so it is all the more important for institutions like the University of San Diego to focus a lot of attention on providing students with the opportunity to engage with more diverse constituents, including students, faculty and staff. They will learn from them, and when they leave, they’ll be more confident, and able to better address some of these challenges.” — Julene Snyder


September is National Su***de Prevention Month and as we find ourselves navigating multiple and compounding crises it is critical for us to be talking about su***de prevention and how to support one another at USD and beyond. Please consider joining Student Wellness for a virtual QPR: Question Persuade Refer Gatekeeper Su***de Prevention Training on Thursday, September 10th, World Su***de Prevention Day. Two sessions will be offered on this day: 12:30pm - 1:30pm and 7:00pm - 8:00pm.

In this one hour training, we will discuss the warning signs of su***de, strategies for talking with someone you are concerned may be in distress, and how to refer to help. QPR is a nationally recognized evidence-based training with participants walking away with certification considered active for three years. If you have previously participated in a training at USD, now is a great time to refresh your certification and discuss nuances for our more virtual landscape.

You can register for either of these from the You are USD website here:***de-prevention/qpr/. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].


Welcome back Toreros!


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