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Mariela Noles Cotito Civic Merit Medal

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.

March 22, 2022Honors and Awards, Notebook

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

A message from Dean McDonald Reaffirming our Principles of Community

In recent days the university was notified of several concerning allegations involving students in our community. These incidents include: The placement of a swastika symbol on a member of a fraternity, a post on social media anonymously accusing a member of a sorority of racist behavior, an anti-Semitic post on social media that minimized the tragedy of the Holocaust that was purported to have been posted by a member of a fraternity, and retaliatory behavior from the fraternity and the sorority involved. Actions such as these are reprehensible and deserve our condemnation.

February 22, 2022Notebook

USF Celebrates Black History Month. Image shows Ernest Boger, the first African American student at USF.

Notebook: Initiatives to Support Black Student Success

In 2021, USF made important strides related to Black student enrollment. In 2020, USF received a Helios Foundation grant that supported the work of a USF/Black Leadership Network project to develop new policies, practices, and programs to improve the Black student access and success.

February 4, 2022Notebook

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Welcome from Kyaien O. Conner, SADDI for CBCS

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values that permeate the teaching, research, and service activities of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (CBCS). We are dedicated to making CBCS a welcoming environment that purposefully and intentionally practices inclusive excellence, where faculty, staff, and students, no matter how they identify, feel safe to celebrate their uniqueness, and feel heard, supported, and valued. We strive to produce a diverse workforce that will be successful in achieving our mission: To advance knowledge through interdisciplinary teaching, research, and service that improves the capacity of individuals, families, and diverse communities to promote productive, satisfying, healthy, and safe lives across the lifespan.

February 1, 2022Notebook

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Notebook: Message from Charly Lockwood on January 27, 2022 about Holocaust Remembrance

January 27th is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by allied forces. It is observed as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to honor the victims of one of the most horrific and vile examples of ethnic savagery in the annals of history. Sadly, human history is replete with such acts of depravity. The Holocaust represents our species’ very worst flaws, including a tendency to scapegoat and treat those who appear different with suspicion, fear, and loathing. And when such attitudes are allowed to fester and grow, they can be used to justify unspeakable acts of violence against our brothers and sisters. Many of us have seen other attempts at genocide in our lifetimes, such as atrocities which occurred in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but the Holocaust should be particularly disturbing to Americans because it occurred in a highly developed Western industrialized society at the very pinnacle of science, art and literature, not unlike like ours.

January 27, 2022Notebook

A group of study abroad students holding up the

Notebook: Expanding Anti-Racism and Diversity Initiatives for Education Abroad Programs

USF's Education Abroad office is intensifying its focus on diversity, equity, and anti-racism throughout all of its programs.

July 1, 2021Notebook

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Notebook: Best of Both Worlds

Shirley Ngo interviews international student, Tracy Nguyen, on living in Vietnam and going to school at USF.

May 7, 2021Notebook

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Shirley's Notebook

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April 22, 2021Notebook, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Notebook: Hate is a Virus

To show support to the Asian community, we encourage members of the USF community to spread awareness, uplift Asian voices by supporting Asian peers and report incidents of AAPI hate.

March 19, 2021Notebook

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