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USF Supplier Diversity Day

Diverse-owned businesses seeking to network and grow come together at USF’s largest Supplier Diversity Day

USF’s fifth annual Supplier Diversity Day expanded this year to become the university’s largest symposium of its kind to date, including 15 educational sessions and panel discussions designed to help businesses go to the next level. Topics focused on important areas to become a more successful company, such as tips for competitive bidding, access to more capital, technology and future legislation that may impact small businesses.

October 28, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Administrative plans for growth in diversity shared during town hall

USF President Rhea Law held a town hall Wednesday to share leadership plans for the fall semester, review the newly approved university operating budget and outline human resources’ staff support services. Interim Provost Eric Eisenberg began the roundtable discussion by announcing diversity initiatives outlined in the university’s newest set of strategic plans.

September 8, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

Many small business owners posing with President Rhea Law.

USF and Skanska expand free program to mentor and help grow diverse local businesses

Building on the first-year success of an innovative mentoring program designed to support diverse-owned small businesses in the Tampa Bay region, the University of South Florida, in partnership with Skanska, is expanding the program to include more local companies in 2022. The mentor-protégé program provides businesses with training, development and partnership opportunities to help them grow their capacity and become more effective with competitive bidding processes.

August 17, 2022Community Engagement, Sarasota-Manatee Campus, St. Petersburg Campus, Tampa Campus

813 Eats at the Marshall Student Center at the USF Tampa Campus. Photo: That's so Tampa

USF Tampa launches Local Restaurants Row to feature women- and minority-owned businesses

Today, three on-trend restaurants operate in LRR, and each meets Aarmark’s (the university’s food service partner) and USF’s rigorous standards. In addition to providing a great opportunity to hone their craft, being a part of LRR provides caterers, chefs, and restaurateurs major exposure to a huge local audience.

July 20, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus, University Efforts

Nathaniel Freeman and McArthur Freeman. Photo credit: McArthur Freeman

USF professor and young son bring 'Superhero Workshop' to kids of color

Over a two-week period, the duo taught a group of middle-schoolers how to combine tech such as coding, illustrating, and editing with superhero stories about themselves. The program was largely aimed at black and brown kids in the Bay area and in turn, it exposed them to the world of digital art—while also allowing them to see and create stories that focused on people who looked like them.

July 6, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Professor holds this truth to be self evident; Lincoln tops list of five best presidents for Black people

Presidents who fought for the equal rights, safety and representation of Black Americans had a lasting effect on their lives. Stephanie Williams, a former staff assistant to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, (D- Mass.), teaches issues related to race in the honors college at the University of South Florida. TheGrio asked for her opinion on the best U.S. presidents for Black America. Her opinions of the best presidents, in order, are below and in her words.

July 4, 2022Research and Funding, Tampa Campus

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Closing the Gap

The first thing you should know about Chloe Coney and her son Ernest is that they didn’t have to do this, and they didn’t have to do it here. Instead of leading the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, they could have stayed in corporate America, leveraging their experience and their bachelor’s and master’s degrees to almost assuredly reach the C-suite.

July 1, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Indigenous group renews demand that USF Tampa place warning signs around looted gravesite

Indigenous activists are demanding that University of South Florida immediately place warning signs around looted Native American graves within USF's Forest Preserve, after nearly a year of asking for more protections for the site. The group's demand for signage comes after continued evidence of grave robbing, and what local Native Americans see as an inadequate response from USF to their demands for more protections.

May 6, 2022Community Engagement, Tampa Campus

Ruthmae Sears

Empowerment through representation: Ruthmae Sears advocates for greater diversity in STEM

Perfect exam scores as well as chess and bible reading competitions came easy to Ruthmae Sears when she was young, contributing to her future in academia. Sears grew up in Nassau, Bahamas, where her family were heavily involved in the church community. This group was where she met a host of mentors that would aid her in beginning her accelerated academic track. Reflecting upon her achievements within mathematics research and academics allows her to better appreciate the “village” that uplifted her during her upbringing, according to Sears. As the first Black USF faculty member to be inducted as an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow, she said the support she received from her community during her childhood remains fundamental to her success.

March 3, 2022Honors and Awards, Tampa Campus

Ruthmae Sears teaching a class

USF math professor shows students the beauty of numbers

Math has always come easy to Dr. Ruthmae Sears. As a child, she excelled, earning perfect scores on standardized tests. As an adult, it became her career. Teachers on her home island of Nassau in the Bahamas fostered her love for numbers.

February 28, 2022Honors and Awards, Tampa Campus

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

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