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Cablelytics employees Travis Sohan and Ayala Issa install internet cables inside the Judy Genshaft Honors College.

Tampa Bay’s diverse-owned businesses experience growth, greater successes after completing USF mentoring program

Twenty-six years after crossing the USF commencement stage with a degree in electrical engineering, Floyd Freeman is back on campus playing an important role in its growth. The Cablelytics owner installs technologies such as structured cabling, Wi-Fi and fiber optics, and has a contract with USF to install public safety Distributed Antenna Systems, which boost police and fire radios, in the Judy Genshaft Honors College building and Student Wellness Center – both scheduled to open next year.

November 28, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

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"This is not an isolated story": Forgotten Black cemeteries uncovered in Florida

No one can say when human remains began surfacing in Clearwater, Florida. There was the pipeline crew that churned up bones in a trench. Later, remains of the dead were found at an elementary school, a swimming pool, and an office building. It seemed like a curse for what had been done in the name of progress—and greed—in the old segregated south. The truth of what happened in the '40s and '50s was meant to stay buried, but in a neighborhood called Clearwater Heights, residents with long memories recognized a grave injustice.

November 27, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

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Getting certified in DEAI

Stepping out of my comfort zone has been a theme throughout my career journey — from switching labs in my sixth year of graduate school to switching careers from bench research to diversity, equity and inclusion after defending my thesis in 2020. Leading the staff of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology through a seven-part course that included challenging conversations and self-reflection about diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in the workplace has been the latest step in this journey.

November 9, 2022Community Engagement, University Efforts

USF Supplier Diversity Day

Diverse-owned businesses seeking to network and grow come together at USF’s largest Supplier Diversity Day

USF’s fifth annual Supplier Diversity Day expanded this year to become the university’s largest symposium of its kind to date, including 15 educational sessions and panel discussions designed to help businesses go to the next level. Topics focused on important areas to become a more successful company, such as tips for competitive bidding, access to more capital, technology and future legislation that may impact small businesses.

October 28, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

Artists Reginald O'Neal painting a mural.

A mural with a message

The SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival returned for its eighth year, with 18 artists creating murals around the city, including one on the west wall of the Piano Man building on the USF St. Petersburg campus.The mural was painted by Miami-based artist Reginald O'Neal and depicts both the Mundari tribe of South Sudan and historian John Henrik Clark, a pioneer in the creation of Africana Studies who established one of the first and most influential Africana departments in the country at Hunter College in New York City.

October 24, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF earns national award for excellence in diversity and inclusion

The University of South Florida is a recipient of the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the third time that USF has earned this honor, which is presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

September 13, 2022Honors and Awards

USF Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Sep.15-Oct.15

USF celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized in the U.S. each year from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our communities and nation. At USF, this year’s celebration will kick off on Sept. 15 with a community luncheon at the Marshall Student Center followed by a series of events scheduled throughout the month. In particular, the week of Oct. 3-6 will highlight the accomplishments, contributions and justice-engaged work of Latino influencers as activists, poets, performers and educators.The events are an opportunity to pay tribute to a community with deep ties to the formation of the university.

September 12, 2022

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Administrative plans for growth in diversity shared during town hall

USF President Rhea Law held a town hall Wednesday to share leadership plans for the fall semester, review the newly approved university operating budget and outline human resources’ staff support services. Interim Provost Eric Eisenberg began the roundtable discussion by announcing diversity initiatives outlined in the university’s newest set of strategic plans.

September 8, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

A USF professor, student and organization file a lawsuit against Florida race-related teaching

A professor, a student and an organization at the University of South Florida have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that restricts the way race-related concepts can be taught in classrooms — a law Gov. Ron DeSantis dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act.”

September 7, 2022Student

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First-year diversity decreases amid rise in enrollment

During Interim Provost Eric Eisenberg’s report at Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, a common theme emerged of increased enrollment paired with stagnant or declining diversity numbers in certain communities for the fall semester. More first-year students are enrolled this year than any other incoming class in the university’s history, according to Eisenberg. There was an 8% increase in this incoming class, bringing the total number of students from 6,392 last year to 6,918.

September 7, 2022Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF Professors Study Civil Rights Movement During REACH Montgomery Museum Studies

Twenty-one educators, including eight professors from the University of South Florida, journeyed this summer to Montgomery, Ala., the cradle of the American civil rights movement, to learn more about the movement, reflect on its role in the nation’s history and develop ways to best teach the lessons they learned to today's students.

August 19, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

Many small business owners posing with President Rhea Law.

USF and Skanska expand free program to mentor and help grow diverse local businesses

Building on the first-year success of an innovative mentoring program designed to support diverse-owned small businesses in the Tampa Bay region, the University of South Florida, in partnership with Skanska, is expanding the program to include more local companies in 2022. The mentor-protégé program provides businesses with training, development and partnership opportunities to help them grow their capacity and become more effective with competitive bidding processes.

August 17, 2022Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus

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