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Artists Reginald O'Neal painting a mural.

A mural with a message

The SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival returned for its eighth year, with 18 artists creating murals around the city, including one on the west wall of the Piano Man building on the USF St. Petersburg campus.The mural was painted by Miami-based artist Reginald O'Neal and depicts both the Mundari tribe of South Sudan and historian John Henrik Clark, a pioneer in the creation of Africana Studies who established one of the first and most influential Africana departments in the country at Hunter College in New York City.

October 24, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus

Many small business owners posing with President Rhea Law.

USF and Skanska expand free program to mentor and help grow diverse local businesses

Building on the first-year success of an innovative mentoring program designed to support diverse-owned small businesses in the Tampa Bay region, the University of South Florida, in partnership with Skanska, is expanding the program to include more local companies in 2022. The mentor-protégé program provides businesses with training, development and partnership opportunities to help them grow their capacity and become more effective with competitive bidding processes.

August 17, 2022Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF St. Pete will use grant money to recruit women, minority students in Pinellas County

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg's campus is upping its commitment to placing women and minority students in STEM-focused degrees and careers. The college, which launched a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program earlier this year, received a $75,000 grant from Duke Energy that will further MESA's local efforts.

August 15, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Boundless Bulls: DeWayne Anderson

DeWayne Anderson’s main objective as assistant program director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the USF St. Petersburg campus is to make students feel welcome. “People aren’t always going to remember what you say or what you do but, they will remember how you make them feel,” he said. Anderson incrementally discovered his passion for diversity and inclusion leadership. As a young football player, he learned about teamwork from his coaches and father. As a student, Anderson leaned on mentors and colleagues to build a community of support. He now leads a team to develop programs that help foster diversity, equity and inclusion among the university community.

August 1, 2022St. Petersburg Campus

Students arrive at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Campus joins with Pinellas County Urban League to give high school students an immersive college experience

The USF St. Petersburg campus welcomed nearly 50 students from the Pinellas County Urban League's Summer Training in Youth Leadership & Employment program for a two-day, one-night stay during a college and career exploration experience last week.

July 28, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus

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USF hopes to fill diversity gap in STEM industry by launching new program to educate children

Programming, IT, and engineering are among the hottest jobs in Tampa Bay, but there’s a diversity gap in who fills those positions. A new program from the University of South Florida's St. Pete campus looks to fill it by educating minority children and girls in local schools about the STEM industry.

July 26, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Mobile clinic will address health disparities in St. Pete

With the help of a four-year $3.85 million grant, the University of South Florida College of Nursing will soon provide access to mobile healthcare in medically underserved communities like South St. Petersburg. The grant, awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), enables the USF College of Nursing to build a 21-foot mobile health unit (MHU), complete with two exam rooms, a bathroom and a pop-up awning. The MHU will serve areas in Tampa Bay desperate for holistic health care, and provide invaluable educational opportunities for students.

July 21, 2022Community Engagement, Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

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College of Education receives grant to support underrepresented students in pursuing careers in STEM fields

A new $75,000 grant from Duke Energy will allow USF’s St. Petersburg campus to establish programming that supports underrepresented students in finding pathways into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

July 18, 2022Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus

Darren Gambrell, assistant director of student services in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, served as the emcee for the Juneteenth celebration.

USF Celebrates Juneteenth

Celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s, Juneteenth has become the most well-known commemoration for the ending of slavery in the United States. Last year, it was established as a federal holiday. On Friday, June 17, USF’s Office of Multicultural Affairs commemorated Juneteenth on the St. Petersburg campus, bringing together the community to shed light on the holiday’s complicated history, discuss current racial justice issues and celebrate through artistic performances. Music, great food and a joyous atmosphere added to the festivity.

June 17, 2022St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the day when 250,000 slaves in the state of Texas, which became the last bastion for slavery during the final days of the Civil War, were declared free by the U.S. Army.

Juneteenth: The complicated history, significance and celebration around the struggle for freedom

Juneteenth has become the most well-known celebration for the ending of slavery in the United States and viewed by some as America’s second Independence Day. But the history of this important celebration is complex and often misunderstood.

June 16, 2022St. Petersburg Campus

St. Pete little free libraries hope to highlight Black voices with books

Little free libraries in St. Peterburg hope to help highlight Black voices in the community this Black History Month. It comes during a movement in the publishing industry to get more Black authors published.

February 15, 2022St. Petersburg Campus

Call Me MISTER and USF Pearls programs can expand thanks to donations and grants

Diversity and inclusion programs expand through support from out-of-state donations and grants

Two programs that support underrepresented students in higher education will expand thanks to sizable grants and donations to the USF St. Petersburg campus. Major support for one of the programs came from donors who live in another state and learned about the initiative online.

February 3, 2022Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus, Student

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