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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

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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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USF professor and young son bring 'Superhero Workshop' to kids of color

Over a two-week period, the duo taught a group of middle-schoolers how to combine tech such as coding, illustrating, and editing with superhero stories about themselves. The program was largely aimed at black and brown kids in the Bay area and in turn, it exposed them to the world of digital art—while also allowing them to see and create stories that focused on people who looked like them.

July 6, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

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Closing the Gap

The first thing you should know about Chloe Coney and her son Ernest is that they didn’t have to do this, and they didn’t have to do it here. Instead of leading the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, they could have stayed in corporate America, leveraging their experience and their bachelor’s and master’s degrees to almost assuredly reach the C-suite.

July 1, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus faculty, students and staff dance during the Juneteenth commemoration in in the Selby Center on June 14, 2022.

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus commemorates Juneteenth with dance, history and a celebration of freedom

Someone visiting Selby Auditorium on the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus during the pre-Juneteenth Lunch and Learn Series, could hear the “sounds of feet talking” through the derivatives from African culture, “Minjani,” “Djembe,” and the Ring Circle,” dances used to teach about Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the end of chattel slavery in the United States.

June 16, 2022Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

Haywood Brown

Black women more likely to die from breast cancer

Black women continue to experience disparities in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, leading to increased mortality. “The realities are that breast cancer is diagnosed at a later stage in Black women than white women, and the reality is that Black women are more likely to die from breast cancer,” said Haywood L. Brown, MD, vice president for institutional equity and associate dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida.

May 8, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Indigenous group renews demand that USF Tampa place warning signs around looted gravesite

Indigenous activists are demanding that University of South Florida immediately place warning signs around looted Native American graves within USF's Forest Preserve, after nearly a year of asking for more protections for the site. The group's demand for signage comes after continued evidence of grave robbing, and what local Native Americans see as an inadequate response from USF to their demands for more protections.

May 6, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

Students and Police officers discussing how to improve relationships between minority communities and law enforcement

USF students, officers discuss improving relationship between law enforcement, minority communities

University of South Florida students along with officers from USF's police department and the St. Petersburg Police Department discussed how to improve relationships between law enforcement and minority communities.

April 26, 2022Community Engagement, Student, University Efforts

Cathy Unruh with Natalie preston and Dr. Elizabeth Hordge Freeman

Up Close With Cathy Unruh: Social Changes

Over the last couple of years, the world has seen many social changes due to the appearance of the COVID-19 virus. Among these changes has been a shift of working women back to the home as mothers navigate their careers and raising children through a pandemic. On this episode of Up Close, we explore this issue as local women share how their lives have transformed over the past two years.

April 21, 2022Community Engagement

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