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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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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A year after George Floyd’s murder, Tampa activists navigate task forces and slow moving review board changes

In June of 2020, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay reported on the renewed push for a Citizen Review Board and newly formed Mayor’s Task Force on Community Policing that were put forth as vehicles to address the racial justice issues at the heart of the George Floyd protests and put them into policy.

May 20, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

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Addressing today’s racial health inequities requires understanding their roots

The health disparities seen in today’s high rates of Black infant and maternal morbidity and mortality are rooted in health inequities and generational stress dating back centuries in the United States, but today’s obstetricians can make changes in their own practices to address this inequity.

May 18, 2021Tampa Campus, University Efforts

Photo scan of three African Americans from Armwood Family Papers, USF Tampa Campus Library Special Collections

USF News: New USF Libraries collection focuses on Florida’s African American experience

Drawn from previous collections, the African American Experience in Florida (AAE) is a new, online portal that includes hundreds of artifacts that highlight the injustices that affected Black communities and businesses.

March 15, 2021Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

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Oracle: Alexis Roberson and Kiara Brooks ‘FIGHT’ for inclusion in their campaign for Tampa campus governor, lieutenant governor

The FIGHT for the Future platform is founded on the idea that the university is undergoing a “transformative” period because of the pandemic, consolidation and racial justice movements.

February 16, 2021Student, Tampa Campus

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USF News: USF anthropologists work to strengthen relationships with Indigenous communities

University of South Florida anthropologists are taking a critical look at the past in an effort to build and strengthen future relationships with Indigenous communities in Florida and across the country.

January 20, 2021Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus

Martin Luther King Jr. bust on the University of South Florida's campus

USF News: Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy celebrated during MLK Commemorative Week

The University of South Florida’s annual celebration of the life and values of Martin Luther King Jr. is underway with the MLK Commemorative Week, which includes a community service project for students, a lecture and a virtual luncheon.

January 13, 2021Tampa Campus, University Efforts

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