Diversity + Inclusion

New Courses


Dr. Ruthmae Sears and Dr. Ashley Reese.

This asynchronous, online course is an introduction to incorporating inclusive and equitable practices into your class. There are four modules to be completed over seven weeks

May 23 - July 11, 2022.


PHI 4930/6934, ANTH, BSC 4933/6932, HIS 4936/6939
W 2:00-4:45 – FAO 248
Instructors: Alex Levine, Lorena Madrigal, Adriana Novoa, Christina Richards
Fall 2022

This seminar will analyze how the problems related to diversity today have been conceived historically through the emergence of scientific fields that became independent from philosophy.
This resulted from the discoveries of the nineteenth century, when such disciplinary boundaries had not yet been established.

What is today biology and anthropology were then considered philosophical areas of inquiry. We would like to explore the development of new disciplines, particularly after the emergence of evolutionary science, address how the concept of humanity came to be, and the meaning of human experience in the context of evolutionary discoveries.

We would also analyze how a return to research that integrates biological diversity with other disciplines can provide different epistemological insights.

We contend that understanding diversity as a problem that is interdisciplinary and humanistic can help to integrate an ethical awareness that is critical for addressing institutional racism and other forms of discrimination in academia.

For more information, contact Adriana Novoa: ainovoa@usf.edu

Specific and Upcoming Events

The IB Anti-Racism Book Club meets every other week to discuss readings in Antiracism, and how the ideas from the reading can inform anti-racist policy.

Contact Javier Gallard at gallardj@usf.edu for more info

Enlightenment Workshop Series. One-hour discussions, ongoing through Spring 2021.

“Join us for courageous conversations designed to foster a culture of inclusive excellence at The University of South Florida. The scheduled workshops will focus on intersectional perspectives related to bias, cultural competence, and systemic racism with an emphasis on current trends facing Black communities across the African Diaspora.

Our goal is to create a space to reflect on the concrete ways that USF faculty and staff can embrace diversity, advance racial equity, and facilitate an inclusive environment where faculty, students, and staff can flourish. This collaborative virtual space is designed for both USF faculty and staff who would like to share their experiences and learn strategies that will promote inclusive excellence.”

Scholars for Conversation Leadership Program Sessions April 2021

Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from underserved populations

Opportunites and Links

Scholars for Conversation Leadership Program Sessions April 2021

Scholarships for students pursuing master's degrees

Resources for inclusive teaching

Inclusive Teaching Resource Links

Regular Events Listings

Events page for the Anti-Racism Office for the President

Events list for the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean

Events list for the Institute on Black Life

Student Accessibility Services and Resources. Including links to events and training opportunities

Women’s and Gender Studies Antiracism Speaker Series. Speakers and seminars are posted here on an ongoing basis

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Diversity Lecture Series

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Diversity Seminars

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.  They are great source of information about events related to equality at USF

The Department of Integrative Biology engages in diversity practices which align with the University of South Florida diversity statement:

"The University of South Florida endeavors to make academic excellence inclusive by sustaining a community of free inquiry in which people of diverse race, ethnicity, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic level, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, age, class, political ideology, gender identity and expression participate in, contribute to, and benefit equally, from the academic community. A diverse campus environment, in which differences are respected and appreciated, promotes more effective teaching, produces greater learning outcomes, and better prepares students for an increasingly diverse workforce and pluralistic society.

Consequently, the University acknowledges the educational benefits of diversity in education and is committed to maintaining a diverse student body at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as perpetuating initiatives that enhance the diversity of the campus climate, curriculum, student body, faculty, staff, and administration.

It is through valuing diversity that the University acknowledges the uniqueness of all individuals, their commonalities as well as differences, all of which have shaped their lives in meaningful ways. Diversity is demonstrated by appreciating all members of the university community. It embraces uniqueness, similarities, and differences. Diversity initiatives strengthen the university community and demonstrate USF's commitment to 'touching lives and improving the world.'"

- USF Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equal Opportunity.

Integrative Biology Mission Statement

The Integrative Biology Department Antiracism and Equity Committee (AREC) addresses systemic racism and inequities in access to science by underserved groups in the Department of Integrative Biology.

The Integrative Biology Department Antiracism and Equity Committee addresses systemic racism and inequities in access to science by underserved groups in the Department of Integrative Biology. We assert that the most innovative biology is done when barriers to participation by underserved groups are removed.

AREC provides an avenue for giving voice to underserved populations and eliminating barriers for access to science by all. AREC shall, on an annual basis, assess the degree to which IB students, staff and faculty reflect the population of Florida and the US. Based on this information, AREC shall advocate for mechanisms to improve representation/retention of underserved populations at all levels (graduate and undergraduate students, staff, faculty).

AREC will also advocate for mechanisms to improve representation of underserved populations in our curricula, including the teaching of historic disenfranchisement and harm in our field by the dominant group to underserved populations. Further, AREC will identify training opportunities and other resources for faculty, students, and staff to address systemic racism and inequity.

AREC will be composed of at least three members of the Regular Faculty (representing multiple USF campuses), two graduate students, and a staff representative appointed by the Department Chairperson, and could grow to include other populations as needed.

The AREC chair will be appointed by the members of the committee. Members will serve three-year terms. AREC will provide reports to the Department Chairperson and the faculty