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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.