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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

Salud Latina Virtual Launch

USF initiative working to dispel vaccine myths for Spanish speakers

Spanish speakers seeking straight answers about the COVID-19 vaccine are turning by the thousands to a series of online discussions hosted by the University of South Florida.

December 17, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

Building Bridges and Supporting Racial Equality in St. Petersburg, Florida

City of St. Petersburg approves USF and community researchers’ recommendations on how to address systemic racism

St. Petersburg City Council members are moving forward with a plan created by an interdisciplinary team of researchers coordinated by the University of South Florida on how to identify and address structural racism in the community.

December 10, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

A USF researcher works on Identifying graves.

Abandoned cemeteries task force finalizes recommendations for Legislature

Florida’s Abandoned African-American Cemeteries Task Force met for its fifth — and likely penultimate — meeting Thursday as the group finalized its list of policy recommendations and continued work on a final report.

December 9, 2021Research and Funding, 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

Beatriz Padilla

Boundless Bulls: Beatriz Padilla

Social justice inspires sociologist Beatriz Padilla’s research. Working from communities where voices are often unheard, Padilla focuses on inequalities at the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity and migration.

November 29, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Small, minority-owned construction businesses get boost from USF

With construction in high demand and stiff competition to get contracts, the University of South Florida just launched a free small business mentorship program to help build diversity within the industry.

November 12, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Salud Latina USF provides information about COVID-19 and other health topics to Spanish speakers

A group of professors from the University of South Florida is working to combat misinformation about COVID-19 and share credible public health information with Spanish-speaking communities. Salud Latina USF was formed in January and is focusing on providing information about COVID-19 and health-related topics in Spanish through Facebook livestreams and social media posts.

November 5, 2021Community Engagement, 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

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

The Village at USF's Tampa Campis

USF launches initiative to enhance Latino student success, impact in the Hispanic community

The 15-member Advancing Latino Access and Success (ALAS) Task Force includes leaders from across USF and Tampa Bay and will focus on developing strategies to increase enrollment and degree completion rates while identifying challenges and opportunities unique to Latino students.

October 14, 2021University Efforts

A capture of Alisha Durham, associate professor of communications at the University of South Florida.

Smithsonian curates history of hip-hop and rap with help from USF communications expert

Aisha Durham, associate professor of communications at the University of South Florida, was part of a group of advisers chosen by the Smithsonian Institution to curate its first multimedia hip-hop collection. The recently released Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap chronicles 40 years of hip-hop and rap music and the development of the localized culture as it emerged out of the Bronx into a global sensation.

October 7, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

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