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USF is America's fastest rising university, according to U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report ranks USF as America’s fastest-rising university, inside the top 50

The University of South Florida is the fastest-rising university in America over the past decade, public or private, according to U.S. News and World Report (U.S. News) 2022 Best Colleges rankings released today. For the third consecutive year, USF ranks as one of the nation’s top 50 public universities.

September 13, 2021Student, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship Program 2021-2022 Cohort Established

The faculty fellows are studying the theoretical underpinnings and legacy of legal scholar Derrick Bell’s provocative 1980s claim that racism is a permanent feature in American society and how that claim might inform USF’s goal to “understand and address blackness and anti-black racism.” Central to each faculty member’s research is the role of storytelling in subverting stubborn tales of race, gender, class, etc. that uphold inequality, replacing them with imagined worlds that may not exist, but are deeply yearned for.

September 1, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Leading by Example: The WGS Diversity Group and Anti-racism Series

The USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) stands in opposition to racism and supports anti-racist work in their teaching, research, and service. In the summer of 2020 the department issued a statement on antiracism and named two diversity liaisons to guide us in more explicit anti-racism actions and efforts.

September 1, 2021University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

How Medical Schools Are Fighting Racial Disparities in Health Care

When it comes to medical school orientation, students expect to meet equally anxious peers, hear a rundown of the curriculum, and get to know the professors and advisors who will guide them. However, that day will be a little different for first-year students at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

August 27, 2021University Efforts

A woman puts her hand up to a stitched hand on a Diversity Quilt.

We Must Name Systemic Changes in Support of DEI

The National Academies recently hosted a convening, Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations: A Summit, to draw attention to making systemic change in the academy.

August 24, 2021University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Radar identifies three possible graves under Tropicana Field parking lots

The city of St. Petersburg will explore the next steps after archaeologists recently found a lost cemetery with three possible graves at Tropicana Field. According to a University of South Florida grant team investigating lost African American cemeteries in Tampa Bay, the graves belong to the Oaklawn Cemetery, a segregated burial ground with white and Black sections.

August 12, 2021Community Engagement, Research and Funding, University Efforts

Skanska workers oversee construction on a build site.

USF and Skanska launch free mentorship program for small and diverse businesses

The University of South Florida (USF) and Skanska, a multinational construction and development company, today announced they are partnering to introduce a new mentorship program that aims to assist small and diverse businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Facilitated through USF’s Office of Supplier Diversity, the Construction Management Building Blocks (CMBB) mentor-protégé program will provide subcontractors with training, development and partnership opportunities to help the companies grow and become more successful with competitive bidding processes.

August 9, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF team creates online talk show to educate Hispanic community about autism spectrum disorders

After meeting at a USF Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) conference last year, two College of Education graduates and an employee in USF’s department of Child and Family Studies emerged with an idea to educate the Hispanic community on autism-related issues.

August 9, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Points of pride and concern listed at USFSP update

University of Florida St. Petersburg has emerged from the pandemic with solid enrollment and much to be proud of; however, there is also concern stemming from high profile departures and consolidation affecting admissions.

July 23, 2021St. Petersburg Campus, Student, University Efforts

Inside USF: University of South Florida Podcast

Inside USF: The Podcast | S1:EP5 | Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Anti-Racism

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, a fourth-generation West Tampa native, serves as USF’s interim vice president for institutional equity, senior advisor to the president and provost for diversity and inclusion, and associate professor of sociology. In this episode, she shares updates on some of the key equity, diversity and anti-racism initiatives that USF has implemented over the past year.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

Inside USF: University of South Florida Podcast

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Anti-Racism: USF Podcast

Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, a fourth-generation West Tampa native, serves as USF’s interim vice president for institutional equity, senior advisor to the president and provost for diversity and inclusion, and associate professor of sociology. In this episode, she shares updates on some of the key equity, diversity and anti-racism initiatives that USF has implemented over the past year.

July 16, 2021Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

'The numbers don't surprise me at all' - low minority participation in Alzheimer's trials similar to research in other areas

While research from the CDC projects Alzheimer's cases are expected to double to 3.3% of the U.S. population ages 65 and older by 2060, minority communities expected to see the largest increases make up a small number of trial participants.

July 5, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

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