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University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

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

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

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

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

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF St. Pete will use grant money to recruit women, minority students in Pinellas County

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg's campus is upping its commitment to placing women and minority students in STEM-focused degrees and careers. The college, which launched a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program earlier this year, received a $75,000 grant from Duke Energy that will further MESA's local efforts.

August 15, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding, St. 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

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

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

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

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