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USF center director lands historic $8.5 million arts learning grant, the largest award ever for the Sarasota-Manatee campus
Denise Davis-Cotton, director of the University of South Florida’s (USF) Center for Partnerships in Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT), has been named principal investigator of an $8.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen arts educational programming in the nation’s educational system.
Artists Jesse Clark and Krystle Lemonias were selected to coordinate the program at area-based colleges and higher education institutions. These include New College of Florida, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, and USF Sarasota-Manatee and Tampa. This initiative will culminate with a juried “Visions in Black” exhibition of works by some of the program’s participating artists at Art Center Sarasota in January.
September 15, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus
USF welcomes the largest, most diverse and high-achieving class of first-year students in university history
The class of 2025 features the largest, most academically accomplished and diverse cohort in USF history. The group of 6,392 first-year students includes record increases in out-of-state and international students. The class includes 763 first-year students on the USF St. Petersburg campus, a jump of 83% from 418 students last year.
A few weeks later, in a development that stunned the USF community, Currall announced he would step down from the presidency just two years into his tenure. He said the pressures of the job had placed too much stress on his health and family. He plans to take a months-long break, then has the option to re-enter academia as a tenured professor.
Beginning in the 1950’s, a group of Black artists known as the Highwaymen dedicated themselves to painting and selling images of Florida’s natural landscapes. Shut out of museums, their work was both a means of expression and a way for them to make a living in the segregated south.
With a focus on bringing truth to light and giving a voice to the community, the University of South Florida held its third and final Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (DEIO) town hall meeting Friday.
University of South Florida associate professor Marie Byrd has won a USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award for her research involving the social and emotional learning of Black girls. Byrd, the interim Sarasota-Manatee campus director for the College of Education, has focused her scholarship on the intersection of race and gender for school-aged Black girls and the resulting complexity of their social, emotional and academic development.
Celebrating diversity and inclusion – and weaving them into the fabric throughout an organization’s culture – are integral to innovation, critical and creative thinking, and bring people out of their comfort zones so they can gain new perspectives and points of view.
The University of South Florida is partnering with the Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce to present a mentoring program that matches students from the Sarasota-Manatee campus with local executives.
Another grant recipient, the Black Leadership Network, was formed in 2016 to help Black students at the University of South Florida navigate their college experience. The group has recently joined the effort to attract more Black students to USF.
February 1, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus
The mentoring program that matches students from the Sarasota-Manatee campus with local executives.
Bradenton Herald: Manasota Black Chamber, USF partner to highlight opportunities for small businesses
The Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce and the university are partnering on an online seminar for small business owners to learn how to register as a vendor to do business with USF.