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USF hopes to fill diversity gap in STEM industry by launching new program to educate children

Programming, IT, and engineering are among the hottest jobs in Tampa Bay, but there’s a diversity gap in who fills those positions. A new program from the University of South Florida's St. Pete campus looks to fill it by educating minority children and girls in local schools about the STEM industry.

July 26, 2022Community Engagement, St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

An update on the search for USF’s next Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I would like to share an update on the search for USF’s next Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. When we unveiled our new Strategic Plan this past year, we underscored not only our core values of Inquiry, Innovation, Integrity, and Inclusion, but also our steadfast commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These guiding values and commitments define who we are as an institution and shape our bold path forward as the nation’s fastest-rising university. True to the spirit of our aptly named Strategic Plan – “In Pursuit of Excellence” – we are now ready to launch the search for a talented, driven, and proven Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

July 25, 2022University Efforts

A man gets his COVID-19 vaccination. Source: The American Medical Association.

In-depth: Why doctors believe the racial disparity in COVID-related deaths is smaller now than ever before

Local epidemiologists have said the racial disparity in COVID-related deaths is smaller now than ever before. Some epidemiologists credit the rapid increase in vaccination rates among people of color. “So, the distance between the number of people that were vaccinated or not vaccinated in African American communities and that in our Caucasian counterparts has significantly narrowed during the past year,” said Dr. Kevin Sneed with USF Health. He also credits the work of organizations such as We Care and ReachUp, Inc. for the increase in local vaccination rates among people of color.

July 22, 2022Research and Funding, University Efforts

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

A member of the University of South Florida's research time searches for unmarked graves at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in 2018

USF anthropologist tells the story of ‘throwaway’ boys

After spending several years unearthing graves and crimes at an infamous, state-operated “school for boys” in Florida’s panhandle, University of South Florida anthropologist Erin Kimmerle has released her harrowing findings to the masses.

July 1, 2022Research and Funding, University Efforts

Darren Gambrell, assistant director of student services in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus, served as the emcee for the Juneteenth celebration.

USF Celebrates Juneteenth

Celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s, Juneteenth has become the most well-known commemoration for the ending of slavery in the United States. Last year, it was established as a federal holiday. On Friday, June 17, USF’s Office of Multicultural Affairs commemorated Juneteenth on the St. Petersburg campus, bringing together the community to shed light on the holiday’s complicated history, discuss current racial justice issues and celebrate through artistic performances. Music, great food and a joyous atmosphere added to the festivity.

June 17, 2022St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

Students and Police officers discussing how to improve relationships between minority communities and law enforcement

USF students, officers discuss improving relationship between law enforcement, minority communities

University of South Florida students along with officers from USF's police department and the St. Petersburg Police Department discussed how to improve relationships between law enforcement and minority communities.

April 26, 2022Community Engagement, Student, University Efforts

Photo Credit: Uliana Learned for The Oracle. A picture of Alexis Robertson (right).

Alexis Roberson champions strength of student body during address

At Gov. Alexis Roberson’s Student Body Address on Thursday, she said perseverance, especially by students of color, was prominent during her term alongside Lt. Gov. Kiara Brooks as voices for the student body. “We as students not only had to battle achieving academic success in a virtual environment, but specifically students of color were also fighting for our civil and human rights on all political levels,” she said. “Through all of this, our university and, most importantly our students, persevered.”

April 14, 2022Student, University Efforts

USF doctor's national study of asthma treatments for Black and Latino patients a first of its kind

In the first study to look at asthma treatments for Black and Latino patients, researchers at the University of South Florida and around the nation spent more than three years developing solutions to historic inequities in care.

March 7, 2022Research and Funding, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Enlightenment Series panel interrogates truth of equality, how to effectively bring change

As part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ itinerary for Black Heritage Month, USF professors challenged systemic progress made since the Civil Rights Movement and discussed where society needs to change at the Enlightenment Series panel Tuesday.

February 10, 2022Community Engagement, University Efforts

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Art Axis Florida Podcast: Bringing the Culture and History of Ivory Coast African Art to USF

In the season premiere of the ARTS AXIS FLORIDA Podcast, we’re kicking off Black History Month with the Ivory Coast Art Exhibit. You’ll hear from Dr. Fenda Akiwume, Director of the Institute on Black Life at USF, and Dr. Michael Orlosky, a physician and curator of this exhibit. They’ll share how this idea came to life and the importance of experiencing African heritage's cultural richness.

February 2, 2022St. Petersburg Campus, University Efforts

Black History Month

USF celebrates commitment to Black community throughout Black Heritage Month

During the month of February, USF is proud to join the nation – and countries around the world – in celebrating Black History Month. It is a month to recognize the contributions and impact throughout history of Black Americans and to encourage and inspire education and research to increase awareness and understanding.

February 1, 2022Community Engagement, University Efforts

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