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Academically competitive and diverse: Incoming medical class makes history for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine

The incoming first-year students to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) represent the strongest class academically and the most diverse group of students in the college’s history.

July 15, 2021Student

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Response to voting rights assault: Revive Freedom Summer

The assault on democracy and voting rights is so widespread, taking place in so many states, young volunteers can devote a summer, or perhaps even a full year, working for democracy in their home state or temporarily relocating to other states where voting rights are under attack.

July 7, 2021Community Engagement, Student

Photo of Florida Governor Ron Desantis. Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Five things to know about Florida’s new ‘intellectual diversity’ law

The bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis this week calling for “intellectual diversity” on college campuses has attracted national attention, drawing criticism and support.

June 26, 2021Student

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USF places second in the state’s 2021 performance-based funding standings, leads all universities in several key metrics

The University of South Florida is once again among the leaders in the State University System’s performance-based funding scores for 2021, according to data released today during a meeting of the Florida Board of Governors (BOG).

June 23, 2021Honors and Awards, Student, University Efforts

A group of protestors outside USF's Forest Preserve asking for USF not to consider development proposals for the land due to a sacred Native American gravesite. Photo credit taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJT6p_OYBHc&t=299s.

Indigenous group says USF Tampa is not doing enough to prevent looting of Native American gravesites within forest preserve

The Florida Indigenous Alliance (FIA) announced that evidence of looting was discovered at a sacred Native American gravesite within the University of South Florida Forest Preserve (USFFP). The group is demanding that USF take action to protect the graves from further desecration.

June 22, 2021Community Engagement, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Seeking diversity, USF found a way to attract Black students: Call them

After years of dwindling Black student enrollment, the University of South Florida is on track to welcome the most diverse freshman class in its history.

June 14, 2021Student, University Efforts

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Florida Board of Education approves rule banning critical race theory

The Florida Board of Education on Thursday approved an amendment that Gov. Ron DeSantis advanced in order to ban teaching certain ideas about race and history. The board agreed to ban teaching critical race theory in state schools.

June 10, 2021Curriculum, Student

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Rolle selected as new University of South Florida College of Education dean

The University of South Florida announced today the appointment of R. Anthony Rolle, an experienced leader and former professor and department chair at USF, as the new dean of the College of Education. Rolle returns to USF after serving as dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Rhode Island for the past four years.

June 8, 2021Curriculum, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Gov. DeSantis takes on how racial history is taught in Florida schools

Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to declare victory on another front in what critics call a culture war – with his administration expected to approve new limits on how racial history is taught in Florida schools.

May 28, 2021Curriculum, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

APIDA Heritage Month Video Series - Together: In Our Own Words

USF Health, Shared Student Services, and the College of Nursing welcome you to "Together: In Our Own Words," a new video series exploring the USF Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community's culture and stories. Students, staff, and faculty share their experiences and insights as members of this robust community as we celebrate APIDA Heritage Month.

May 27, 2021Community Engagement, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term.

May 24, 2021Curriculum, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

A Year Later, Institutions Reflect on Systemic Changes Following the Murder of George Floyd

Following the death of George Floyd last May, administrators at colleges and universities scrambled to issue statements condemning the murder and vowing that they would use the incident as a moment to address systemic racism on their own campuses.

May 24, 2021Research and Funding, Student, University Efforts

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