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The University of South Florida is a recipient of the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. This is the third time that USF has earned this honor, which is presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
September 13, 2022Honors and Awards
USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus Members and Community Partners Honored for Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Nominees represented students, faculty, staff, and community leaders for consistently advancing diversity, equity and inclusion to transform the lives of others, their organizations, or the broader USF community. Corey Posey, diversity officer for the Sarasota-Manatee campus, co-hosted the event with Veronica Cintron, vice president of communications at Tampa International Airport.
The Inclusive Excellence Awards celebration was the first and largest university-wide, in-person event hosted by USF’s newly restructured Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – formerly known as the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity – under the leadership of Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, interim vice president of institutional equity and senior advisor to the president and provost for diversity and inclusion.
April 22, 2022Honors and Awards
Mariela Noles Cotito (USF ISLAC MA, 2018) awarded the Civic Merit Medal by the National Tribunal of Elections in Peru.
Mariela Noles Cotito was awarded the Civic Merit Medal by the National Tribunal of Elections in Peru, which also recognizes her as a “defender of democracy.” Mariela is a Professor of Political Science and of Discrimination and Public Policy at the Department of Social and Political Science at Universidad del Pacifico, in Lima, Peru. Her research agenda includes topics of gender equality, social inclusion policies in Peru, and how the intersection of different systems of oppression position different groups outside of the scope of legal protection in the country.
Perfect exam scores as well as chess and bible reading competitions came easy to Ruthmae Sears when she was young, contributing to her future in academia. Sears grew up in Nassau, Bahamas, where her family were heavily involved in the church community. This group was where she met a host of mentors that would aid her in beginning her accelerated academic track. Reflecting upon her achievements within mathematics research and academics allows her to better appreciate the “village” that uplifted her during her upbringing, according to Sears. As the first Black USF faculty member to be inducted as an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, she said the support she received from her community during her childhood remains fundamental to her success.
Math has always come easy to Dr. Ruthmae Sears. As a child, she excelled, earning perfect scores on standardized tests. As an adult, it became her career. Teachers on her home island of Nassau in the Bahamas fostered her love for numbers.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named 10 University of South Florida researchers as new Fellows, including a College of Education associate professor who will become the university’s first Black faculty member to receive one of the world’s most prestigious honors for academic research.
As a mathematics educator, Ruthmae Sears has a true flair for problem solving. Her work extends far beyond using formulas and finding solutions to abstract mathematical problems. Using mathematical reasoning to examine social disparities such as poverty, literacy and structural racism, Sears develops community-centric solutions. Her work emphasizes inclusivity in all spaces, stemming from her belief that schools are microcosms of a community.
Through a partnership between the University of South Florida and Yuengling, students have a chance at funds for USF St. Pete’s Brewing Arts program with a scholarship meant to help promote diversity in the brewing industry.
Already busy Denise Davis-Cotton, director of USF’s Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), is about to get even busier thanks to an $8.5 million arts learning grant. A popular presence on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, Davis-Cotton was named principal investigator of the grant, which was awarded this fall by the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen arts-educational programming in the nation’s educational system.
In the 30 years since it started, the Latino Scholarship Program has done more than pay the bills. It has created a community of support that helps ensure success in life for its recipients.
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.