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A USF professor, student and organization file a lawsuit against Florida race-related teaching

A professor, a student and an organization at the University of South Florida have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that restricts the way race-related concepts can be taught in classrooms — a law Gov. Ron DeSantis dubbed the “Stop WOKE Act.”

September 7, 2022Student

USF students say the organizations help cross-cultural relationships.

Cultural groups at USF aim to foster inclusivity

Cultural groups at USF aim to foster inclusivity. USF students say the organizations help cross-cultural relationships.

May 27, 2022Student

Students and Police officers discussing how to improve relationships between minority communities and law enforcement

USF students, officers discuss improving relationship between law enforcement, minority communities

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.

April 26, 2022Community Engagement, Student, University Efforts

Photo Credit: Uliana Learned for The Oracle. A picture of Alexis Robertson (right).

Alexis Roberson champions strength of student body during address

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.”

April 14, 2022Student, University Efforts

Africana Studies

Africana Studies students voice concerns for program’s lack of funding and faculty

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.

April 10, 2022Curriculum, Student

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

Picture of 3 Racial Justice Fellows.

Higher Education Consortium announces inaugural Racial Justice Student Fellows

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.

January 27, 2022St. Petersburg Campus, Student

An image of a booth set up at the Marshall Student Center during Hispanic Heritage Month.

USF launches an initiative to increase Latino student enrollment and graduation rates

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.

December 20, 2021Student, University Efforts

USF provides scholarship to help bring more diversity to brewing industry

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.

December 2, 2021Honors and Awards, Student, University Efforts

Institute of Black Life lounge dedication ribbon cutting

USF enhances commitment to inclusive excellence with new space dedicated to celebrating diversity

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.

November 4, 2021Student, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

Dr. Paola Sequeira, left, was the first recipient of financial aid through the Latino Scholarship Program.

Girl of 8 who spoke no English now a doctor. USF Latino scholarship helped.

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.

October 22, 2021Honors and Awards, Student

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

At USF, a new push to help Latino students feel more at home

The University of South Florida has launched a task force that will explore ways to increase enrollment and improve graduation rates for Latino students.

October 18, 2021Student, University Efforts

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