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graphic that says, USF celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

Celebrating the culture and many accomplishments of USF's APIDA community

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843 and to recognize the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 by Chinese immigrants who laid most of the track.

May 4, 2022University News

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USF, Tampa Bay Lightning and Jabil launch business certificate program focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace

Free seven-week online certificate program will emphasize essential business practices and initiatives designed to increase diversity among employees at all levels.

February 24, 2021University News

Dr. Alexis Mootoo instructs a new course called

New course dedicated to promoting race consciousness wraps up first semester at USF

A new course called, “Prejudice, Stigma and Race Consciousness” was offered for the first time this semester in response to a petition signed by thousands of students over the summer that requested the university implement a course that specifically addresses discrimination.

December 10, 2020University News

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City of St. Petersburg supports USF efforts to further enhance diversity with new pledge to College of Marine Science

The City of St. Petersburg has contributed $125,000 to the University of South Florida Foundation to help enhance diversity in the ocean sciences. The gift to the USF College of Marine Science’s “Bridge to the Doctorate” fellowship endowment supports underrepresented students of color who are African American or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Pacific Islanders, Native American or Alaska Native.

October 30, 2020University News

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University of South Florida earns national recognition for excellence in diversity and inclusion

The University of South Florida is a recipient of the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

September 15, 2020Honors and Awards, University News

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USF selects 23 research projects for funding in anti-racism effort

From medicine to marketing to engineering, university researchers will work with community partners to address long-standing disparities and roadblocks to equity.

September 9, 2020Research and Innovation

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Black Lives & the Police Forum

This dynamic forum discusses the history and intersection of the police use of excessive force and the black community in the United States of America. This forum also discusses ideas on what can be done to effect positive societal change in how the black community is treated by the police.

August 11, 2020University News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Taking action to address societal racism

Today, I’m writing to provide you with an update on important actions USF is taking as we work to become an even greater force for positive change. Our specific actions are outlined below.

August 4, 2020University News

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, associate professor of sociology

USF adds senior advisor on diversity and inclusion, announces additional actions to address societal racism

University of South Florida President Steven Currall announced a series of actions to reinforce USF’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and further support the university’s efforts to help end racism in society.

August 4, 2020University News

Charleita Richardson, executive director of the Florida College Access Network

USF names new Florida College Access Network executive director

The University of South Florida announced today the appointment of Charleita Richardson as executive director of the Florida College Access Network. An independent, statewide network, FCAN represents a cross-section of more than 700 organizations and institutions devoted to improving college access and success for minorities and other students underrepresented in higher education.

July 29, 2020University News

The university will invest $500,000 to support interdisciplinary projects with a goal to foster anti-racism, build community partnerships

USF launches research initiative to better understand and address racism in local, national and international communities

The university will invest $500,000 to support interdisciplinary projects with a goal to foster anti-racism, build community partnerships.

July 20, 2020Research and Innovation, University News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Expanding our efforts to promote inclusion, opportunity and civility

In these challenging times, USF can provide leadership and opportunity, demonstrating an active commitment to creating a civil, humane and compassionate society in which racism is not tolerated.

June 8, 2020University News

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