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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

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

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

A researcher taking notes in a excavated area containing burial grounds.

National network to connect researchers and concerned citizens working to preserve historical Black cemeteries

Across the nation, a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries have been lost to history, neglected and even paved over during urban development. Now a national network for historical Black cemeteries has launched to raise awareness about the history and present condition of such sacred places to ensure what remains is preserved.

June 24, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

A group of protestors outside USF's Forest Preserve asking for USF not to consider development proposals for the land due to a sacred Native American gravesite. Photo credit taken from

Indigenous group says USF Tampa is not doing enough to prevent looting of Native American gravesites within forest preserve

The Florida Indigenous Alliance (FIA) announced that evidence of looting was discovered at a sacred Native American gravesite within the University of South Florida Forest Preserve (USFFP). The group is demanding that USF take action to protect the graves from further desecration.

June 22, 2021Community Engagement, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF launches website to serve as a national hub for erased Black cemeteries

A team of University of South Florida professors and doctoral students created the Black Cemetery Network website at to serve as a hub for the movement to bring dignity to those cemeteries.

June 17, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF diversity office addresses key issues in virtual town hall

With a focus on bringing truth to light and giving a voice to the community, the University of South Florida held its third and final Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (DEIO) town hall meeting Friday.

June 11, 2021Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

The outside of the Straz Center in Downtown Tampa, across Tampa Bay. Photo credites to Matthew Paulson at

One year later: Local businesses, nonprofits sharpen focus on equity, diversity, inclusion

A year after Black Lives Matter protests took to Tampa Bay Area streets following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, many public and private organizations say they have recommitted to stronger and healthier plans for equity and inclusion though most acknowledge there is still much room for improvement.

June 8, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

TIGLFF's BIPOC Film Festival 2021. Photo credit: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Queer In Color: A new film festival celebrates LGBTQ+ people of color

The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents Queer In Color, a new virtual BIPOC (Black/indigenous/people of color) LGBTQ+ film festival demonstrating “Black Lives Matter. Indigenous lives matter. People of color matter.” The goal for the new festival is to enlighten, empower and lift up the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community and amplify their stories and voices.

June 3, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

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