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In an effort to create an action plan to dismantle racial hierarchies on college campuses, representatives from four universities in the St. Petersburg area, including the USF St. Pete campus, are forming a consortium to address racial disparities.
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.
Stetson College of Law, University of South Florida—St. Pete campus, St. Pete College and Eckerd College are a part of a consortium and plan to participate in a work shop later this month called Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation for guidance on how to develop an action plan.
More than 70 higher education institutions have been selected to participate in this year’s 2021 Institute on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Centers, a virtual event that will bring together college leaders for four days of intense learning and collaboration.
The takeaways from a study presented at Thursday’s St. Petersburg City Council meeting weren’t particularly surprising: Structural racism exists in the city. And it has for a long time.
For the past few months, researchers with the University of South Florida have been working with the City of St. Petersburg to examine possible areas of structural racism in the community, and on Thursday they will present some of their preliminary findings to city council.
The City of St. Petersburg has a new partnership with the University of South Florida to identify systemic racism and discrimination in the city by figuring out which policies and practices reinforce racial inequalities.
The Oracle: USF researchers to study effects of structural racism within St. Petersburg institutions
The city of St. Petersburg will be taking a deep dive into its history of racism and how it has manifested itself in the public sector with help from a team of USF faculty and other community figures from the city.
Humans first settled in the Tampa Bay region around 15,000 years ago, according to archaeological findings. For most of that time, Indigenous communities of hunter gatherers built a prosperous life on Florida’s largest open-water estuary.
Across the university, just seven of the 134 people in faculty leadership positions – deans, department chairs or directors – are Hispanic, according to fall 2020 data from USF’s Office of Decision Support.
Jill McCracken, professor at University of South Florida Saint Petersburg and cofounder and co-director of SWOP Tampa Bay, told Rolling Stone, “We tend to see Asian massage parlors in general through a very prejudiced lens,” adding that they are often targeted as a result of a sort of “racial profiling."
March 29, 2021St. Petersburg Campus
Speakers acknowledge horrors of the past and injustices that still exist.