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University of San Francisco Critical Diversity Studies Forum: “A Time for Revolutionary Love”
USF’s Annual Critical Diversity Studies Fall Forum was created by the Diversity Task Force convened by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Marcelo Camperi, to plan a new and expanded dialogue on the definition, meaning and significance of diversity that engages all constituents of the College and incorporates leading diversity scholarship and practices and to promote academic-community partnerships throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to foster creative diversity activities and learning experiences focused on social justice.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Critical Diversity Studies (CDS) Forum and we are emboldened to revisit what has guided our dialogues this past decade–the creation of new possibilities, systems, and ways of being that are grounded in wonder, collective wisdom, and love for justice and equity. We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s forum: Valarie Kaur, is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, and author of the new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love.
In See No Stranger, Kaur writes that love is more than a feeling. Rather, “love is a form of sweet labor: fierce, bloody, imperfect, and life giving – a choice we make over and over again.” Revolutionary love is the “choice to enter into labor for others, for our opponents, and for ourselves in order to transform the world around us. It is not a formal code or prescription but an orientation to life that is personal and political.” In this time of pandemic, uprisings, rising nationalism and polarization, we believe that now, more than ever, it is time for Revolutionary Love.
Our 10th anniversary CDS Forum will engage participants in dialogue to address the question: How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? How can the practices of Revolutionary Love guide us in transforming ourselves, our communities, and our nation?
To inquire about bringing Valarie to your event, please contact Annette Luba-Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valarie’s previous events include speaking at the following schools, organizations and corporations:
- 20,000 Dialogues
- Academy of the Sacred Heart
- Auburn Seminary
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
- Chicago Public Schools
- Dartmouth College
- Fayerweather Street School
- General Mills, Headquarters
- Google, Headquarters
- Harvard Pluralism Project
- Islamic Society of North America
- Religions for Peace
- REVEAL Conference
- San Domenico School (Marin County, CA)
- Stanford University
- The Parliament of the World’s Religions
- Tubman Middle School, GA
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Michigan
- University of Southern California
- Women of Spirit and Faith
- Yale University
- Young Women’s Christian Association