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Geraldine McKinnon Twine

Boundless Bulls: Geraldine McKinnon Twine

In February, Twine received the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her efforts to provide proper health care to the disadvantaged and to foster opportunities for minorities. In 2017, she was inducted into Hillsborough County’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

October 13, 2021Community Engagement, Honors and Awards

A mural of George Floyd.

DEA Went Undercover to Infiltrate a Vigil for George Floyd

As students at the University of South Florida quietly sobbed during a moment of silence for George Floyd last summer, they had no idea their candlelight vigil, organized before a monument to an assassinated civil rights leader, had been infiltrated by federal agents.

October 7, 2021Community Engagement, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Ejemplos de fortaleza: Neudy Nuñez upholds family values of education, advocacy in new OMA position

The smell of a fresh, homemade meal often greeted Neudy Carolina Nuñez after school when she was younger. The meal, which her mom prepared to make sure Nuñez and her five siblings could focus on their school work, reflected her rich Venezuelan roots and her family’s values of education as they started a new chapter in America.

September 26, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

A picture of Paulina Pedroso, known as “The Black Mother” of Cuban independence leader Jose Martí

In-Depth: The Afro Cubana who helped revolutionary leader Jose Martí in Tampa

As we continue our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, we take an in-depth look at the life of an Afro-Cuban woman who was instrumental in helping Cuban liberator Jose Martí. In-depth reporter Anthony Hill spoke with two historians about the legacy Paulina Pedroso left in Tampa and Cuba.

September 24, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

Children face racial disparities as COVID-19 infections rise

COVID-19 is infecting more kids, and the racial disparities of who is falling ill is similar to those among adults, an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

September 22, 2021Community Engagement

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe

As the headline unambiguously states, here at NPR we've kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month. Not Latino Heritage Month. Not Latinx Heritage Month. Not even a compromise or a combination of the three: Hispanic/Latino/Latinx Heritage Month.

September 17, 2021Community Engagement

A man gets his COVID-19 vaccination. Photo credit to : The American Medical Association.

Community Groups Work To Overcome Vaccination Barriers For Black Floridians

Though vaccination rates among Black Floridians still lag behind whites and Hispanics, recent data shows they are improving.

September 16, 2021Community Engagement

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & How It’s Shaped Tampa Bay

Hispanic heritage is an integral part of Florida history. Within Tampa, Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Spanish, and Puerto Rican cultures and influences have shaped the city. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to recognize some of the icons that have contributed to shaping our city through business, government, education, and sports.

September 15, 2021Community Engagement

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

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

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