USF Continues Sponsorship of Upward Bound

Dear USF Community, 

I am happy to announce that USF has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the Upward Bound program, and that we will continue a relationship which started more than 40 years ago.

For many weeks now, we have been working behind the scenes to secure the future of the program. In a meeting today, we forged a genuine partnership with the community, and agreed to form an advisory board that will provide Upward Bound with a new level of oversight and accountability. The Board will help assure the quality of the student experience and help guide the overall direction and management of the program.

Key faculty have agreed to integrate Upward Bound into teaching/learning and research, and to become directly involved in the program. USF will provide classrooms as they are available, with the understanding that an administrative office and some classrooms will need to be located in the San Francisco community. Everyone benefits from this arrangement: the program, the community, and the university.

Participating in today’s meeting were faculty and students from the USF School of Education, representatives from the San Francisco religious community and the USF administration, Chuck Smith, Vice Chair of USF’s Board of Trustees and Joe Marshall, USF alumnus and Trustee Emeritus. I want to thank these dedicated and hard-working individuals for helping us in this important work.

I also applaud our students, staff and faculty who champion social justice and the rights of the less privileged. This goes to the heart of USF’s mission and rich history. I believe USF is a good place with a good heart.

There are many important details to be worked out, but today’s agreement signals a fresh start for Upward Bound, and for its relationship with USF and the community of San Francisco. I am proud to be part of this university.

Mary J. Wardell
Associate Vice Provost for Diversity and Community Engagement



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