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USF professors participate in Center for PAInT’s museum studies initiative in Montgomery, Ala.

The University of South Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) and Arts Schools Network (ASN) are convening USF researchers, teachers, teaching artists and administrators for a Civil Rights Museum Studies initiative, July 25–29, 2022, hosted by Experience Montgomery, a division of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce in Montgomery, Ala. The museum studies initiative is being funded with part of an $8.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Center for PAInT’s Race, Equity, Arts and Cultural History, or REACH, project.

July 21, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

Fawn Ngo

Boundless Bulls: Fawn Ngo

Fawn Ngo, an associate professor of criminology on the University of South Florida’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, sees it as her responsibility to prepare her students for careers in the criminal justice system as it exists today. Inspired by a desire to promote racial equity and justice for crime victims, her pedagogy and research interests continue to engage her in the local community.

July 7, 2022Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee 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

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

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.

April 25, 2022Honors and Awards, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

Darren Gambrell, assistant director of the campus’ Office of Multicultural Affairs, stands in front of the food he will donate to the homeless

USF Sarasota-Manatee campus donates to area homeless as part of MLK Day of Service

The USF Sarasota-Manatee campus contributed hundreds of personal hygiene items to area homeless on Thursday as part of an MLK Day of Service event ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Faculty, staff and students from the Honors College, working at tables in the campus’ FCCI Rotunda, packed the items – including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, razors and deodorant – into plastic bags.

January 14, 2022Sarasota-Manatee Campus, University Efforts

Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton

USF center director promotes the arts while focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion

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.

December 1, 2021Honors and Awards, Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

The bull fountain at USF's Sarasota-Manatee campus.

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.

October 18, 2021Research and Funding, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative Receives Grant from GCCF for its Visions in Black Initiative

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

Three students walking on the USF Tampa 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.

September 7, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF, big on ambition, hits a bump as its still-new president steps down

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.

July 24, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus

A painting by Willie Daniels, one of the Florida Highway men. Image by Larry Miller licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/drmillerlg/3036589253

Sarasota Exhibit Showcases Artwork, Lives Of The Florida Highwaymen

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.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF diversity office addresses key issues in virtual town hall

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.

June 11, 2021Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

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