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Radar identifies three possible graves under Tropicana Field parking lots

The city of St. Petersburg will explore the next steps after archaeologists recently found a lost cemetery with three possible graves at Tropicana Field. According to a University of South Florida grant team investigating lost African American cemeteries in Tampa Bay, the graves belong to the Oaklawn Cemetery, a segregated burial ground with white and Black sections.

August 12, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

Skanska workers oversee construction on a build site.

USF and Skanska launch free mentorship program for small and diverse businesses

The University of South Florida (USF) and Skanska, a multinational construction and development company, today announced they are partnering to introduce a new mentorship program that aims to assist small and diverse businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Facilitated through USF’s Office of Supplier Diversity, the Construction Management Building Blocks (CMBB) mentor-protégé program will provide subcontractors with training, development and partnership opportunities to help the companies grow and become more successful with competitive bidding processes.

August 9, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF team creates online talk show to educate Hispanic community about autism spectrum disorders

After meeting at a USF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) conference last year, two College of Education graduates and an employee in USF’s department of Child and Family Studies emerged with an idea to educate the Hispanic community on autism-related issues.

August 9, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

A man gets vaccinated.

Health Leaders Seek to Overcome Racial Health Disparities

Racial health disparities have been around since before Blacks were enslaved in the U.S. However, the issue is beginning to receive increased attention as well as government backing and financial support. In June 2021, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure to improve inequities in the state’s healthcare system by better equipping the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, established in 2004.

July 28, 2021Community Engagement

On Egmont Key, USF Access 3D Lab uses a Matterport 3D camera in order to scan sites. Photo Credit: USF 3D Lab

Seminole Tribe, USF Sustainable Tourism and USF Access 3D Lab preserve history at Egmont Key

Egmont Key -- located between St. Petersburg and Bradenton at the mouth of Tampa Bay, approximately a 20-minute ferry ride southwest from Fort DeSoto Park -- holds a haunting chapter in Florida history that the Seminole Tribe of Florida insists must not be forgotten, and which USF has the tech to help preserve.

July 20, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding

Inside USF: University of South Florida Podcast

Inside USF: The Podcast | S1:EP5 | Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Anti-Racism

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, a fourth-generation West Tampa native, serves as USF’s interim vice president for institutional equity, senior advisor to the president and provost for diversity and inclusion, and associate professor of sociology. In this episode, she shares updates on some of the key equity, diversity and anti-racism initiatives that USF has implemented over the past year.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

Inside USF: University of South Florida Podcast

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Anti-Racism: USF Podcast

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, a fourth-generation West Tampa native, serves as USF’s interim vice president for institutional equity, senior advisor to the president and provost for diversity and inclusion, and associate professor of sociology. In this episode, she shares updates on some of the key equity, diversity and anti-racism initiatives that USF has implemented over the past year.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

Commissioner Gwen Myers presents her motion to make Juneteenth a county holiday

Hillsborough Makes Juneteenth County Holiday, Other Counties Still Undecided

The Hillsborough County Commission unanimously passed a motion Wednesday to make Juneteenth a county holiday starting in 2022.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement

A painting by Willie Daniels, one of the Florida Highway men. Image by Larry Miller licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/3036589253

Sarasota Exhibit Showcases Artwork, Lives Of The Florida Highwaymen

Beginning in the 1950’s, a group of Black artists known as the Highwaymen dedicated themselves to painting and selling images of Florida’s natural landscapes. Shut out of museums, their work was both a means of expression and a way for them to make a living in the segregated south.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

A protester holding a sign that states

Response to voting rights assault: Revive Freedom Summer

The assault on democracy and voting rights is so widespread, taking place in so many states, young volunteers can devote a summer, or perhaps even a full year, working for democracy in their home state or temporarily relocating to other states where voting rights are under attack.

July 7, 2021Community Engagement, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF researchers bid to get to bottom of student discipline disparities

We’re taking another look at student discipline numbers based on race and how researchers at USF are using a research study to try and get to the bottom of those glaring disparities.

July 2, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

Manasota Vaccination Campaign visual graphic depciting a vaccine, with the hashtag #vaxupmanasota

USF Zimmerman School students create COVID-19 vaccination campaign being implemented by professional business organization

The Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) is in the process of implementing a COIVD-19 vaccination campaign created by students in the USF Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications.

July 1, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

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