On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Task Force gave a presentation to University of South Florida (USF) students, staff, and faculty as well as local community leaders. The event was co-organized by the student organization Triumph over Trafficking (TOT), the USF Department of Sociology, and the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP).
As part of the Community Sustainability Partnership Program (CSPP), the project was completed in Multimodal Transportation Planning, a graduate leveling planning course taught by Kristine Williams, AICP. Throughout the semester, students evaluated the existing conditions along the corridor; proposed corridor management, land use, and complete street concepts; and identified implementations strategies for improving the compatibility of a multimodal transit network along the corridor.
A partnership between USF and Hillsborough County Public Schools aims to increase college awareness among low-income high school students. GEAR-UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, offers critical early college awareness and support activities to improve access to higher education.
A partnership between the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County Public Schools aims to increase the college awareness among low-income students. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP) offers critical early college awareness and support activities to improve access to higher education. Read more >>
USF Faculty member Elizabeth Dunn and the USF Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) mobilized 250 students, faculty, staff, and alumni to assist over 25 different governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations with the response to Hurricane Irma. Read more >>
Dr. Roberta D. Baer and Emily Holbrook created a fantastic service-learning opportunity for USF students that is supporting new members of the Tampa Bay community! Applying their ethnographic interviewing skills in the field, students interviewed local refugees about their lives and experiences. Read more >>
Elizabeth Dunn is a ray of sunshine in the world of global disaster management and humanitarian relief at the USF College of Public Health (COPH), where she serves as an adjunct faculty member. With her dynamic personality and generous spirit, she touches the lives of her students who want to follow in her footsteps. Together they work on a wide variety of public health related projects while sharing a passion for helping others. Read more >>
While interviewing working class Afro-Brazilian families for her upcoming book The Color of Love, Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman began to notice shadowy figures that seemed out-of-place in the family dynamics she had traveled to Brazil to study. Hordge-Freeman, USF Assistant Professor of Sociology and recipient of the 2015 Women in Leadership and Philanthropy junior faculty award, spent sixteen months over the course of the past five years studying the interpersonal dynamics of ten families, finding that racial hierarchies and stigmas exist within families. Read more>>
One in four children locally are hungry. Half of local children receive a free lunch at school but may not have enough food at night, on the weekends, and during the long summers, according to Feeding America Tampa Bay. In fact, 16 million children nationwide are "food insecure," which means they have "inadequate access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food." Read more>>
Anthropologist Roberta Baer's work with Burmese refugees is one example of USF's institution-wide commitment to university-community engagement, the central focus of the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships. Tucked away in a quiet area southeast of Ybor City and Port Tampa Bay lies Tampa Bay Gardens. Spreading across six acres behind St. Mary's Ethiopian Orthodox Church, the garden has become a sanctuary for Tampa-area refugees, primarily those from Burma. Read more >>
Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman's star continues to rise. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she was named the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Community Engaged Teaching Award (a new, annual award created by the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships and awarded by the Provost's Office to honor community engaged teaching) and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Read more >>
As the proliferation of not-for-profits makes the process of seeking funding as challenging as maintaining strong programming, one USF instructor is doing her part to teach students how to write strong and persuasive grant proposals for local organizations. Read more >>
"For me, it is such an important part of the class—going out into the community and creating community in the classroom," reflected Tasha Rennels, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication, on her Communication, Culture, and Community class. "Community is both in the service and the learning," she continued. Read more >>
"I've been doing these kinds of classes for years, even before it was called service-learning," said Anthropology Professor Roberta Baer, who seamlessly weaves service-learning pedagogy and community-based research into her ongoing work with Burmese refugees. Read more >>
Pepin Academy and the USF College of Education have a unique partnership that is both a model for a reciprocal educational relationship and a boon for our local community. Three USF College of Education faculty, Dr. Stacy Hahn, Dr. David Allsopp, and Dr. David Hoppey have worked with Pepin to build up a strong year-round connection culminating in a free, four-week summer institute for interested Pepin students. Read more >>
Upon entering the Bangla Saheb Sikh temple in Delhi, India, Dr. Iraida Carrion, watched as people from all walks of life sat together on the floor sharing a meal, which is provided daily for free to anyone who wishes to join. "I felt a pang in my stomach—I need to add a service component to this course," Carrion, Associate Professor of Social Work, said of her study abroad course, which she co-taught earlier this summer with Dr. Manisha Joshi, Assistant Professor of Social Work. Read more >>
When asked about her lifetime of work enhancing the communities in which she lives, Dr. Sarina Ergas, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the USF Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering said with a lilt in her tone, "Liz says I'm the poster child for community engagement," referring to the Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships Director Dr. Elizabeth Strom. Read more >>
We all love having a place to call home that feels special and reflects our identity; but as we age, our homes may someday become a hazard. A second floor may become inaccessible or a seemingly innocuous lower cabinet may become a threat to our health and safety. Nonetheless, the vast majority of adults approaching late-life wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible. Read more>>
USF Theatre professor Fanni Green may have thought that a production of Marcus Gardley's the road weeps, the well runs dry would be impossible to stage on campus, but she "fell in love with his words" and didn't let the impossible stand in her way. On a bit of a lark, she applied for a grant from the Lark Play Development Center, and she got it. Read more>>
Dr. Elizabeth Aranda, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, and her research assistant, Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, are deeply involved in community-based research about the lives of immigrants and undocumented young people. Aranda regularly shares her research findings to help guide the political discussion of immigration reform. Read more >>
Dr. Kelly Page Werder, Associate Professor of Mass Communications, has fully integrated service-learning into her coursework. She firmly believes it is crucial for students in her courses to gain real-world experience and to feel a sense of civic responsibility for the Tampa Bay community. Over the past several years, her students have developed strategic communications plans for over eighty local and campus organizations. Read more >>
For Dr. Angela Stuesse, a key form of community engagement is activist research, in which "subjects" become crucial collaborators helping to conceptualize, carry out, and analyze the research that affects their lives. Dr. Stuesse, who joined USF's Department of Anthropology in the fall of 2010, is continuing her community engagement work on a multi-sited activist research project she initiated during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. Read more >>