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University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Boundless Bulls: DeWayne Anderson

DeWayne Anderson’s main objective as assistant program director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the USF St. Petersburg campus is to make students feel welcome. “People aren’t always going to remember what you say or what you do but, they will remember how you make them feel,” he said. Anderson incrementally discovered his passion for diversity and inclusion leadership. As a young football player, he learned about teamwork from his coaches and father. As a student, Anderson leaned on mentors and colleagues to build a community of support. He now leads a team to develop programs that help foster diversity, equity and inclusion among the university community.

August 1, 2022St. Petersburg Campus

Students arrive at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Campus joins with Pinellas County Urban League to give high school students an immersive college experience

The USF St. Petersburg campus welcomed nearly 50 students from the Pinellas County Urban League's Summer Training in Youth Leadership & Employment program for a two-day, one-night stay during a college and career exploration experience last week.

July 28, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus

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USF hopes to fill diversity gap in STEM industry by launching new program to educate children

Programming, IT, and engineering are among the hottest jobs in Tampa Bay, but there’s a diversity gap in who fills those positions. A new program from the University of South Florida's St. Pete campus looks to fill it by educating minority children and girls in local schools about the STEM industry.

July 26, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

An update on the search for USF’s next Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I would like to share an update on the search for USF’s next Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When we unveiled our new Strategic Plan this past year, we underscored not only our core values of Inquiry, Innovation, Integrity, and Inclusion, but also our steadfast commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These guiding values and commitments define who we are as an institution and shape our bold path forward as the nation’s fastest-rising university. True to the spirit of our aptly named Strategic Plan – “In Pursuit of Excellence” – we are now ready to launch the search for a talented, driven, and proven Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

July 25, 2022University Efforts

A man gets his COVID-19 vaccination. Source: The American Medical Association.

In-depth: Why doctors believe the racial disparity in COVID-related deaths is smaller now than ever before

Local epidemiologists have said the racial disparity in COVID-related deaths is smaller now than ever before. Some epidemiologists credit the rapid increase in vaccination rates among people of color. “So, the distance between the number of people that were vaccinated or not vaccinated in African American communities and that in our Caucasian counterparts has significantly narrowed during the past year,” said Dr. Kevin Sneed with USF Health. He also credits the work of organizations such as We Care and ReachUp, Inc. for the increase in local vaccination rates among people of color.

July 22, 2022Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Mobile clinic will address health disparities in St. Pete

With the help of a four-year $3.85 million grant, the University of South Florida College of Nursing will soon provide access to mobile healthcare in medically underserved communities like South St. Petersburg. The grant, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), enables the USF College of Nursing to build a 21-foot mobile health unit (MHU), complete with two exam rooms, a bathroom and a pop-up awning. The MHU will serve areas in Tampa Bay desperate for holistic health care, and provide invaluable educational opportunities for students.

July 21, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF professors participate in Center for PAInT’s museum studies initiative in Montgomery, Ala.

The University of South Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and Arts Schools Network (ASN) are convening USF researchers, teachers, teaching artists and administrators for a Civil Rights Museum Studies initiative, July 25–29, 2022, hosted by Experience Montgomery, a division of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce in Montgomery, Ala. The museum studies initiative is being funded with part of an $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Center for PAInT’s Race, Equity, Arts and Cultural History, or REACH, project.

July 21, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

813 Eats at the Marshall Student Center at the USF Tampa Campus. Photo: That's so Tampa

USF Tampa launches Local Restaurants Row to feature women- and minority-owned businesses

Today, three on-trend restaurants operate in LRR, and each meets Aarmark’s (the university’s food service partner) and USF’s rigorous standards. In addition to providing a great opportunity to hone their craft, being a part of LRR provides caterers, chefs, and restaurateurs major exposure to a huge local audience.

July 20, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

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College of Education receives grant to support underrepresented students in pursuing careers in STEM fields

A new $75,000 grant from Duke Energy will allow USF’s St. Petersburg campus to establish programming that supports underrepresented students in finding pathways into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

July 18, 2022Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF mentorship program aims to boost minority businesses

USF is working to promote minority businesses through a growing mentorship program that offers them a chance to tackle major campus projects.

July 14, 2022Community Engagement

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

How Educational Attainment Impacted COVID-19 Mortality Rates Among African Americans

A study led by senior author Jason Salemia, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida, provides strong evidence on why COVID-19 death rates were higher among Blacks and other groups that on average have lower levels of education and lower incomes.

July 11, 2022Research and Funding

Fawn Ngo

Boundless Bulls: Fawn Ngo

Fawn Ngo, an associate professor of criminology on the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, sees it as her responsibility to prepare her students for careers in the criminal justice system as it exists today. Inspired by a desire to promote racial equity and justice for crime victims, her pedagogy and research interests continue to engage her in the local community.

July 7, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

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