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From the President

USF System President Judy Genshaft

Helping to care for and protect our world’s most vulnerable people is what drives the work of numerous faculty, students and alumni across the USF System. They have discovered their professional calling in the search for solutions to the global refugee crisis, engaging with community partners to welcome and aid refugees, and in helping rescuers better understand and assist those who are exploited. Vulnerability is a reality for millions in every corner of the world today, whether as refugees, immigrants, or other sorts of displaced persons. Sometimes, these same populations become more susceptible to human trafficking.

Elizabeth Dunn, the assistant director of the Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief and Homeland Security program in the USF College of Public Health, creates service learning projects for her students, who established a morning and after-school program for refugee students, as well as a youth soccer program. Research by USF St. Petersburg Assistant Professor of Criminology Joan Reid is assisting with educational materials that help teens identify early warning signs of human trafficking. Christopher Card, who earned his PhD from the University of South Florida and teaches at our School of Social Work, serves as chief operating officer for Lutheran Services Florida, which works directly with refugees to connect them to new homes, jobs, and support services within the community.

Most of us have never experienced extended periods without a home: many days and nights without the familiar bookends of sleeping and waking in your own bed each night. The feeling of belonging nowhere is just one of the life situations experienced by our world’s most vulnerable. I hope as you read this issue of USF Magazine, whether in your office or your own home, you take a moment to appreciate the everyday ease of the four walls around you. There is a freedom in belonging.

Judy Genshaft, President
University of South Florida System