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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

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

SG advances initiatives to meet Black Student Union’s demands

After more than a year since USF’s Black Student Union’s (BSU) made 10 demands to address the needs of the Black community across campuses, at least half of them will be completed this semester. Some of the initiatives born from the demands, such as the increase of Black student enrollment, have already been set in motion. Others, like a student lounge in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) and a diversity module for incoming students, will be inaugurated in the upcoming weeks.

October 3, 2021Student, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

When Black History Is Unearthed, Who Gets to Speak for the Dead?

Efforts to rescue African American burial grounds and remains have exposed deep conflicts over inheritance and representation.

September 27, 2021Research and Funding, University Efforts

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

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