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Cultural groups at USF aim to foster inclusivity. USF students say the organizations help cross-cultural relationships.
May 27, 2022Student
University of South Florida students along with officers from USF's police department and the St. Petersburg Police Department discussed how to improve relationships between law enforcement and minority communities.
At Gov. Alexis Roberson’s Student Body Address on Thursday, she said perseverance, especially by students of color, was prominent during her term alongside Lt. Gov. Kiara Brooks as voices for the student body. “We as students not only had to battle achieving academic success in a virtual environment, but specifically students of color were also fighting for our civil and human rights on all political levels,” she said. “Through all of this, our university and, most importantly our students, persevered.”
For junior Africana Studies major Zaynab Ali Salahuddin, the shortage of faculty and funding faced by Africana Studies stands not only as a threat to students currently enrolled, but to the future of the program itself. Africana Studies students attempting to register for their courses for the spring 2022 semester were shocked by the lack of classes and professors offered by their program, according to Ali Salahuddin. In an attempt to compensate for Africana Studies classes that were not offered for the semester, she said she had to register for substitute elective classes from other departments.
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.
A consortium of higher education institutions focused on racial justice in Pinellas County has selected its inaugural cohort of Racial Justice Student Fellows. The St. Pete/Pinellas Higher Education for Race Equity (SPHERE) consortium chose eight students, two each from four Pinellas County universities and colleges, for the year-long fellowship.
USF recently formed a 15-member Advancing Latino Access and Success (ALAS) Task Force to increase campus diversity and create a more dynamic student body. The members include leaders from across USF and Tampa Bay who will focus on developing strategies that will attempt to increase enrollment, recruitment, and graduation rates of Latino students.
Through a partnership between the University of South Florida and Yuengling, students have a chance at funds for USF St. Pete’s Brewing Arts program with a scholarship meant to help promote diversity in the brewing industry.
USF students, faculty, and staff are celebrating the opening of the Institute of Black Life & Student Success Student Lounge, a dedicated space on the third floor of the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus that was announced in March. The space is the result of a request and input by student members of the Black Student Union (BSU) as to the value of an affinity space to support the Black community at USF, especially for healing following the racial incidents of recent years.
In the 30 years since it started, the Latino Scholarship Program has done more than pay the bills. It has created a community of support that helps ensure success in life for its recipients.
The University of South Florida has launched a task force that will explore ways to increase enrollment and improve graduation rates for Latino students.
New assistant program director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs hopes to create a safe space for all students on campus
As the new assistant program director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at USF’s St. Petersburg campus, DeWayne Anderson wants students to have the same college experience he did, where he felt welcomed and supported.