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Together Toward Engaged Citizenship

Together Toward is an annual initiative for the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Each academic year, a committee of students, staff, and faculty will choose a theme encompassing important global issues and provide various events. Our hope is for students to discuss and gain a deeper understanding of the proposed theme on their own, but also through events and opportunities provided by the College.

This year’s theme of Engaged Citizenship will provide spaces for students to define what citizenship means to them, explore their place in society, and how to be an engaged global citizen. Please join us this year in moving together toward engaged citizenship! Feel free to contact Mr. Kevin Lee (, chair of this year’s theme, with any questions or suggestions.


Belarus and European Security: A Virtual Event with Belarus Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya - January 26

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is the leader of Belarusian democratic forces who beat the autocratic president Aliaksandr Lukashenka in a presidential election on August 9th, 2020, according to independent observers. She stepped into the race after her husband was arrested for his presidential aspirations. Lukashenka publicly dismissed her as a "housewife," claiming that a woman can't become a president. 

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An Evening with John Sims: Art, Activism and Radical Citizenship- February 3

Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus

 Currently Resident Artists at Ringling Museum of Art and the La Mama Experimental Theater Club in New York City, John Sims is an interdisciplinary conceptual artists who creates multimedia projects spanning the areas of mathematics, art, text, performance and political-media activism. His main projects ar informed by the vocabulary of mathematical structure, the politics of sacred symbols and poetic reflections. Join him as he speaks on his work, responsibility of citizenship and the pursuit of social and cultural justice.

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Creating a Future for Coral Reefs (& Hopefully Everyone Else) - February 8

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Rohwer will discuss anthropogenic stressors, including overfishing, nutrient additions, and climate change, cause changes in the viral and microbial communities that lead to coral diseases and global reef decline. This process is called microbialization. To counter microbialization, Dr. Rohwer and his team are building Coral Reef Arks, tools for preserving coral reef biodiversity and building new coral reefs.  


Past Events 

Speaker Dr. Güneş Murat Tezcür “The Ambivalences of Emancipation: Gender and Citizenship in Kurdish Politics” - October 14

Thursday, October 14
USF St. Petersburg Campus
STG 100
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Also streamed live on Teams through this link.

Scattered across Turkey, Iraq, and Iran, Kurds are often described as the largest nation without a state. Join us for a discussion of what citizenship mean to Kurds. We'll focus on the intersection of gender and citizenship and explore why so many Kurdish women have joined the armed insurgency known as the PKK.

Güneş Murat Tezcür is Director of the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs and Jalal Talabani Chair of Kurdish Political Studies at the University of Central Florida. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on political violence, the politics of identity, and democratization with an emphasis on Iranian, Kurdish and Turkish human geography. He has published more than two dozen scholarly articles in leading journals in political science. He is also the author of Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey: The Paradox of Moderation (University of Texas Press) and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Turkish Politics (Oxford University Press) and Kurds and Yezidis in the Middle East: Shifting Identities, Borders, and the Experience of Minority Communities (I.B. Tauris).

Hosted Speaker Dr. Nikolay Koposov “Populism and Memory: How Putin Uses History to Legitimize Inequality” - October 20

Join us Wednesday, October 20, at 11 a.m. in MSC 3707 for a special guest lecture by Nikolay Koposov, a Visiting Professor at Emory University who works on memory laws in Europe and the evolution of modern historical consciousness.

Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program Info Session - October 27

The Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program provides Florida university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates by giving students around the state the unique opportunity to spend a semester working alongside the state government's top staff. Learn how you could intern for nine months in Tallahassee in agencies like the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Education, or the Department of Health.

Attend the information session on Wednesday October 27 at 2pm on Zoom. Click here to RSVP by Monday, October 25

Pathways to Foreign Studies/ Service: Fulbright, Boren & Peace Corps Programs
- November 10

Join USF's Office of National Scholarships and Peace Corps Recruiter on Wednesday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. to learn about these opportunities for foreign studies and service and how they might complement each other. After this session, you will begin to map out your pathway to international research, studies, work and service!

Please register for the event here.

For more information, contact Kristen Vogel at

Grand Challenge | Sponsored by the Richard and Jule Salem Scholars Fund for Disability

Participate in the 2021 JGHC Grand Challenge Competition!

Gather your friends and propose a project to combat barriers to civic engagement for people with disabilities. The winners will present their project at next spring's Global Health Catalyst Summit at Johns Hopkins University! Submit your group's completed proposal and pitch video by Friday, November 5. Click here for more!

Judy Genshaft Honors College Student Council Leadership Lecture Series with Dr. Cody Hawley - December 1

Join us for our first LLS of the year on Citizenship with the JGHC's very own, Dr. Cody Hawley, on Wednesday, December 1, at 4:00 pm! Learn what citizenship means to him, tips on how to be an engaged citizen as a student, and how his life and career experiences have impacted his views. Click here to RSVP! For any questions or reasonable accommodations, please email