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Africana Studies students voice concerns for program’s lack of funding and faculty

For junior Africana Studies major Zaynab Ali Salahuddin, the shortage of faculty and funding faced by Africana Studies stands not only as a threat to students currently enrolled, but to the future of the program itself. Africana Studies students attempting to register for their courses for the spring 2022 semester were shocked by the lack of classes and professors offered by their program, according to Ali Salahuddin. In an attempt to compensate for Africana Studies classes that were not offered for the semester, she said she had to register for substitute elective classes from other departments.

April 10, 2022Curriculum, Student

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Empowerment through representation: Diane Price-Herndl raises visibility through literature

During Diane Price-Herndl’s childhood, her hometown of St. Jo, Texas was still racially segregated with many being unable to pursue higher education. Refusing to let her be tethered down by the town’s hatred, her mother, a passionate supporter of civil rights and education, encouraged her to aim higher than her current reality.

March 31, 2022Curriculum, Research and Funding

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Is Your Math Course Racist?

While about the same percentage of Black students declare STEM majors as white students, Black students are significantly less likely to successfully earn a STEM degree. Yet despite an increased awareness of structural racism on our campuses, I’ve not seen greater numbers of STEM faculty attending the workshops that I regularly conduct on inclusive teaching.

September 15, 2021Curriculum

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

‘Be Paranoid’: Professors Who Teach About Race Approach the Fall With Anxiety

Brian D. Behnken, an associate professor of history at Iowa State University, says the controversy that has enveloped the nation over teaching “divisive” concepts has had a notable effect on his campus. In June, Iowa’s governor signed a bill prohibiting public schools and colleges from requiring any training that teaches that the United States or Iowa “are fundamentally or systemically racist or sexist,” among other concepts.

August 13, 2021Curriculum

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Hundreds watch Polk County forum on Critical Race Theory

About two dozen people gathered in an east Lakeland church Thursday night, with about 300 others watching online, to hear a discussion about Critical Race Theory, its history and how it doesn’t pertain to Polk County Public Schools.

July 23, 2021Curriculum

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Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History

The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America have authored a joint statement stating their “firm opposition” to legislation, introduced in at least 20 states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions.

June 16, 2021Curriculum

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Florida Board of Education approves rule banning critical race theory

The Florida Board of Education on Thursday approved an amendment that Gov. Ron DeSantis advanced in order to ban teaching certain ideas about race and history. The board agreed to ban teaching critical race theory in state schools.

June 10, 2021Curriculum, Student

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Rolle selected as new University of South Florida College of Education dean

The University of South Florida announced today the appointment of R. Anthony Rolle, an experienced leader and former professor and department chair at USF, as the new dean of the College of Education. Rolle returns to USF after serving as dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island for the past four years.

June 8, 2021Curriculum, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Gov. DeSantis takes on how racial history is taught in Florida schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to declare victory on another front in what critics call a culture war – with his administration expected to approve new limits on how racial history is taught in Florida schools.

May 28, 2021Curriculum, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

U.S. Dept. of Education issues letter on AAPI Harassment

The United States Department of Education releases a letter on AAPI harassment.

May 26, 2021Curriculum

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term.

May 24, 2021Curriculum, Student

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USF News: Africana Studies fosters broad intellectual perspectives that lead to impactful careers

USF is the first university in Florida to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in Africana Studies.

February 19, 2021Curriculum, University Efforts

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