Op-Eds and Commentaries

Op-Eds and Commentaries

USF's return on the public's investment

In the midst of legislative sessions and an election year when public higher education is increasingly at risk of further reductions in resources, one must address questions of the relevance of universities and some of their disciplines, and particularly, for public universities, the public benefits they provide. Public universities receive ever-decreasing state and federal resources, and questions abound as to what our communities are getting in return. In other words, what is the return on investment? In this commentary, I will describe how the University of South Florida engages with our communities locally and globally to enhance sustainable economic development and quality of life. Read more >>

Working to preserve a community - and lessons of civic engagement

During my recent visit to the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, Tampa Heights matriarch Lena Young-Green recounted her experiences watching the devastation that has come under the guise of urban renewal in her neighborhood. Young-Green has lived in East Tampa for almost 35 years and is now engaged in a grassroots campaign to stop the Tampa Bay Express expansion plans that threaten to leave the THJCA demolished in its wake. Read more >>

What will it take until we can breathe again?

The grand jury's decision not to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner was a gut punch and a wake-up call to our country. Much of America was still reeling from the decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown when the news began trending that the decision was about to come in the Garner case. Read more>>

Immigration Reform Will Save Lives

Elizabeth Aranda is an associate professor and chairwoman of the department of sociology at the University of South Florida, and Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez is a central Florida organizer with the Florida Immigrant Coalition and a research assistant at the University of South Florida. The views expressed are their own. Read more >>

 We Stand Together—Black and Brown—for the Youth in Chicago and Central America

Young people in Central America—and Chicago—are all survivors of violence rooted in failed policies like the war on drugs. And all of us should matter to our president and policymakers. Read more >>

 Rebuilding lives post-disaster: what is the role of social workers?

Floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes have the potential to devastate our way of life, and the cumulative effect of these disasters produces a significant personal, material and economic strain on individuals, communities, and the fiscal capacity of all levels of governments. Read more >>

Demanding Zero Tolerance for Florida's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Fifty years after the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, the Civil Rights offices of the US Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Justice (DOJ) jointly issued detailed guidance on nondiscriminatory administration of discipline in public schools, declaring, "racial discrimination in school discipline is a real problem" (2014:4). Read more >>

GOP Still Not in Tune With Latinos

The state Legislature's alternative budget proposals to the Affordable Care Act show that Republicans still do not know how to court Latinos. Read more >>

Lawmakers can give Dreamers chance at higher-ed success

Imagine a scenario where a young person has grown up and attended a local public school. Overnight, that student has nowhere to go, no right to belong. This right is stripped from Dreamers upon high-school graduation. Read more >>