2015-2016 News

2015 - 2016 News

2016 OCEP Spring Events

At the conclusion of this busy spring semester, we wanted to share with you a recap of the events and programming of the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships. Late last year, Florida Campus compact named USF the Most Engaged Campus in the state; and we have been busy all semester building on that momentum and steadily increasing USF's reach into the community... Read more..>>

2016 Lecture and Conversation Series: Poverty, Equity, and Social Justice Off to a Great Start

The USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships ("OCEP") recently hosted two public lectures as part of its ongoing Lecture and Conversation Series on Poverty, Equity, and Social Justice. These are free lectures designed to bring USF faculty into dialogue with the community about pressing issues of the day. The lively dialogues have been well-attended and sparked a desire for change through university–community collaborations, which is core to the mission of OCEP... Read more>>

Very Active Fall Semester at OCEP!

The biggest news this semester was that USF was named the "Most Engaged Campus" in Florida by the Florida Campus Compact. The FL|CC is comprised of over 50 college and university presidents who are committed to helping students develop the values and skills of active citizenship through participation in public and community service. USF was recognized for its leadership and commitment to public and community service with this prestigious award...Read more>>

USF Named Most Engaged Campus of the Year by Florida Campus Compact

USF billboard on Fowler Avenue On Thursday, November 5, Florida Campus Compact honored the 2015 Award Winners at their annual Gala hosted by President Kevin Ross on the campus of the Lynn University in Boca Raton. The evening began with a reception and dinner at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center, the newest performing arts venue ...Read more >>

USF is chosen Engaged Campus of the Year as Florida Campus Compact focuses attention on building students' citizenship skills and effective community partnerships.

News Channel Recognized for Excellence in Civic Engagement USF is chosen Engaged Campus of the Year as Florida Campus Compact focuses attention on building students' citizenship skills and effective community partnerships. USF faculty members Bonnie Silvestri, J.D. and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Ph.D. with USF System President Judy Genshaft. Photo by Barbara Melendez | USF News By Barbara Melendez USF News ... Read more >>

Tampa sees rise in income inequality

In the same neighborhood that houses the multimillion-dollar structures that make up USF's campus, poverty levels are as high as 22 percent, according to the Hillsborough Community Atlas. Tampa has some of the worst incidences of income inequality in the nation, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times. According to Lance Arney, associate director of service learning at the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP), this is due in part to a lack of affordable housing, pervasive low wages, poor public transportation and institutional racism in Tampa... Read more>>