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Advisory Committees & Councils

Presidential Advisory Committees

Presidential Advisory Committees report to the USF President about issues of relevance to the USF committee. An application form to create a new Presidential Advisory Committee is accessible here.

Committee on Black Affairs

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Committee on Black Affairs is responsible for advising the President on matters affecting black faculty, staff and students of the University. The committee shall also be responsible for advising the President regarding the University's relationship to the black community. This includes monitoring "quality of life" issues as they relate to the climate within the University. The appointment to this committee is done by the University President.

2017-18 Co-Chairs: 

Dr. Brenda Townsend-Walker, Professor, College of Education
813-974-1385

Dr. Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, Associate Professor, College of Education
813-974-8119

Committee Issues on Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity 

The President's Committee on Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (CISOGI) is charged to (a) advise the President on matters pertaining to issues of sexual and/or affectional orientation as they pertain to USF faculty, staff, and students; (b) evaluates and monitors the university environment for problems and issues related to these matters. The appointment to this committee is done by the University President.

2019-20 Chair:

Jennifer Iceton, Academic Services Administrator, USF Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications
813-974-9274

Dr. Michael Rogers, Licensed Psychologist, Assistant Director for Training, USF Counseling Center
813-974-2831

Status of Latinos

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Charge

The Status of Latinos (SOL) Committee is a Presidential Advisory Committee
responsible for advising the President on matters affecting Latino faculty, staff and students of the University. The SOL Committee is also responsible for advising the President regarding the University's relationship with the Latino community.

2017-18 Chair:

Dr. Leonor O'Relly, Director of Innovative Education
813-974-5299

Title IX Committee

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Title IX committee is formally charged with advising the President of the
University on matters relating to the University's compliance with Title IX Education
Amendments of 1972. These deal with nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Specifically, the committee is charged with monitoring, evaluating, and determining if sex equity exists in the areas of Financial Aid, Student Housing, Admissions, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Compensation. The appointment to this committee is done by the University President.

2017-18 Chair:

Deidre Orriola, Faculty, College of Public Health 
813-974-8710

Women's Status Committee

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Women's Status Committee is responsible for advising the President of the
University on matters affecting women faculty, staff and students of the University. The committee shall be particularly focused on those university polices concerning the welfare and activities of women with regard to educational and employment opportunities, as well as the social and cultural climate in the university setting. The appointment to this committee is done by the University President.

2019-20 Chair:

Karina Acevedo, Digital Recruiter, Innovative Education
813-974-9416

Status of Men Committee

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Charge to be determined

Ethics & Integrity Council

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

2017-18 Chair: 

Sara Callahan, Faculty, Humanities & Cultural Studies
813-974-9380

Athletics Council

Ex-Officio Officer: the Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The Athletics Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the President of the University on policies and procedures affecting Intercollegiate Athletics at the University. Appointment to this committee is done by the University President.

2017-18 Chair:

Dr. Julie Serovich, Dean College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
813-974-1992

 

Community-Based Advisory Councils

Community-Based Advisory Councils aim to promote dialogue between USF and the greater Tampa Bay region.

African American Advisory Council

The vision of the African American Advisory Committee is to promote, empower, and enhance the quality of university life and educational opportunities for and success of African American students at the University of South Florida.

The mission of the African American Advisory Committee is to serve African Americans who are matriculating at the University of South Florida or who are interested in attending the University by providing financial assistance; admission assistance; and mentoring to help them achieve admission to and graduation from the University of South Florida. By doing this, the Committee assists the University by providing students the information and skills to be successful in a multicultural and global society.

Latin American Advisory Council

The Vision of the Latin American Advisory Council is to assist USF in becoming a leading university in the education of Hispanics.

The mission of the Latin American Advisory Council is to serve as a bridge between the University and the Hispanic Community; to assist the University in increasing the number of Hispanic faculty and decision-making administrators, and the number of Hispanic students enrolling and completing their degree at USF; and to inform USF about the needs and value of Hispanics in order to respond to the impact of the growing Hispanic population in or community, state, and nation.

The Committee will, therefore, advise the President on USF's issues, programs, and initiatives, both internal and external, as they relate to Latinos/Hispanics. In addition, the Committee will assist the President in linking various Latinos/Hispanics organizations and individuals in the community, locally, regionally, and internationally, for purposes that will further USF's mission and strategic plan. Finally, the Committee will assist the President by serving as champions of the University of South Florida in the Latino/Hispanic community, and in recognizing Latinos/Hispanics through appropriate University channels.