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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

A mural of George Floyd.

DEA Went Undercover to Infiltrate a Vigil for George Floyd

As students at the University of South Florida quietly sobbed during a moment of silence for George Floyd last summer, they had no idea their candlelight vigil, organized before a monument to an assassinated civil rights leader, had been infiltrated by federal agents.

October 7, 2021Community Engagement, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Ejemplos de fortaleza: Neudy Nuñez upholds family values of education, advocacy in new OMA position

The smell of a fresh, homemade meal often greeted Neudy Carolina Nuñez after school when she was younger. The meal, which her mom prepared to make sure Nuñez and her five siblings could focus on their school work, reflected her rich Venezuelan roots and her family’s values of education as they started a new chapter in America.

September 26, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

A picture of Paulina Pedroso, known as “The Black Mother” of Cuban independence leader Jose Martí

In-Depth: The Afro Cubana who helped revolutionary leader Jose Martí in Tampa

As we continue our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, we take an in-depth look at the life of an Afro-Cuban woman who was instrumental in helping Cuban liberator Jose Martí. In-depth reporter Anthony Hill spoke with two historians about the legacy Paulina Pedroso left in Tampa and Cuba.

September 24, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

Three students walking on the USF Tampa Campus.

USF welcomes the largest, most diverse and high-achieving class of first-year students in university history

The class of 2025 features the largest, most academically accomplished and diverse cohort in USF history. The group of 6,392 first-year students includes record increases in out-of-state and international students. The class includes 763 first-year students on the USF St. Petersburg campus, a jump of 83% from 418 students last year.

September 7, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Student, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF, big on ambition, hits a bump as its still-new president steps down

A few weeks later, in a development that stunned the USF community, Currall announced he would step down from the presidency just two years into his tenure. He said the pressures of the job had placed too much stress on his health and family. He plans to take a months-long break, then has the option to re-enter academia as a tenured professor.

July 24, 2021Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus

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

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

USF diversity office addresses key issues in virtual town hall

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.

June 11, 2021Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

The outside of the Straz Center in Downtown Tampa, across Tampa Bay. Photo credites to Matthew Paulson at

One year later: Local businesses, nonprofits sharpen focus on equity, diversity, inclusion

A year after Black Lives Matter protests took to Tampa Bay Area streets following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, many public and private organizations say they have recommitted to stronger and healthier plans for equity and inclusion though most acknowledge there is still much room for improvement.

June 8, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida College of Education building

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

TIGLFF's BIPOC Film Festival 2021. Photo credit: Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Queer In Color: A new film festival celebrates LGBTQ+ people of color

The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival presents Queer In Color, a new virtual BIPOC (Black/indigenous/people of color) LGBTQ+ film festival demonstrating “Black Lives Matter. Indigenous lives matter. People of color matter.” The goal for the new festival is to enlighten, empower and lift up the LGBTQ+ BIPOC community and amplify their stories and voices.

June 3, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

George Floyd was murdered a year ago. Many Black Floridians still can’t watch.

It has been a year since Floyd, a 46-year-old father of five, was killed on May 25, 2020. In response, protesters filled streets across the world, thrusting the movement for racial justice back to the forefront.

May 25, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

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