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USL 2022 Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz: USF Week Lecture
April 5th, 8 PM
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The Campus Activities Board is excited to announce that our University Lecture Series speaker for USF Week will be actress Stephanie Beatriz to speak about her experiences in the entertainment industry on Tuesday, April 5, at the MSC Ballroom.

Stephanie starred in Jon M. Chu’s film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play, In The Heights (2021), and Disney’s Oscar-winning animated hit, Encanto (2021). Beatriz also starred as Detective Rosa Diaz in the beloved comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was brought back by popular demand on NBC. As a bisexual Latina, Beatriz is known for her outspoken advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and queer representation in the entertainment industry.

Check-in will begin at 5:30 PM, and doors will open at 7:30 PM. Pre-registration is recommended through this BullsConnect link to secure your spot in the lecture and give you priority entrance to the MSC Ballroom, as seating is limited to 650 people.


ULS Aly Raiseman

Aly Raisman: Self-Love Lecture
March 8th, 8 PM
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Join us for an evening with the second most decorated American gymnast, Aly Raisman, March 8th from 8:00PM- 9:00PM in the MSC Ballroom. Check-in will begin at 5:30PM and doors will open at 7:30PM. Aly Raisman, team caption of the gold medal winning Women’s Gymnastics teams in 2012 and 2016, captured the hearts of millions as she became the first American gymnast to win gold in the floor exercise. A leader on and off the floor, Raisman uses her platform to promote positive body image and encourages everyone to be comfortable and confident in their own skin. Inspired by an army of survivors, Raisman continues her advocacy for systematic changes within the sport of gymnastics and efforts to help to eradicate sexual abuse in youth sports.

Pre-registration is recommended to secure your seat and priority entrance into the ballroom. For more information about the event and to register, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the following link: tinyurl.com/alyraismanuls.


ULS Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin: Black Heritage Speaker
February 20th, 7 PM
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Join us for an evening with the first NFL player to become an astronaut and travel to space, Leland Melvin, on February 10th from 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM in the MSC Ballroom. Check-in will begin at 4:30 PM, and doors will open at 6:30 PM. Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut, and NFL wide receiver. He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on missions STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station. After 24 years with NASA, he shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue STEAM careers.

Pre-registration is recommended to secure your seat and to give you priority entrance into the MSC Ballroom. For more information about the event and to register, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the following link: https://tinyurl.com/lelandmelvinuls


ULS Julissa Calderon

Julissa Calderon: Hispanic Heritage Speaker
October 14th, 8 PM
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Join us for an evening with the “La Dominicanita that could,” Julissa Calderon, October 14th from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the MSC Ballroom. Check-in will begin at 5:30 PM, and doors will open at 7:30 PM. Julissa Calderon is an Afro-Latinx actress, writer, producer, and director from Miami. Julissa is passionate about Afro-Latinx representation and challenging Latinx stereotypes. Her videos have been featured in numerous news outlets, including The Huffington Post and CNN Española. She also just completed a multi-city speaking engagement tour where she used her platform to share and celebrate her experience as a Latinx woman. Pre-registration is recommended to secure your seat. For more information about the event and to register, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the following link: tinyurl.com/ULSJulissa. We look forward to seeing you there!



Diane H.

ULS: Women’s Empowerment Lecture with Dr. Diana Hechavarria
March 25th, 7 PM
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The University Lecture Series is excited to welcome USF faculty member Dr. Diana Hechavarria. Dr. Hechavarria is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and a first generation Cuban American. She has done research that focuses on examining startup outcomes from a gender lens in nascent entrepreneurship and examining gender dynamics in nascent social entrepreneurship. Dr. Hechavarria’s research has been featured at various conferences and symposiums, such as the Academy of Management, the International Council for Small Business, the United States Association for Small Business, the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, and the DIANA International Research Conference. Her research has also been published in journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Small Business Economics, and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. Recently, Dr. Hechavarria won USF’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy’s Dr. Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award for her emerging research on women’s entrepreneurship in the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem. She was also recognized by the USF’s Status of Latinos Presidential Advisory Committee (SoL) in 2017 and 2018 for her burgeoning research in minority entrepreneurship and presented the SoL Faculty Award and Hispanic Pathways Award. Dr. Hechavarria was selected in celebration of Women’s Empowerment Month. The lecture will take place on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:00 PM through Microsoft Teams, http://bit.ly/ULSWomensEmpowerment. Pre-registration for the event is not required.


Angela Davis

An Evening with MLK Jr. Commemorative Week Speaker - Angela Davis
January 21st, 7 PM
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Please join the Campus Activities Board for an evening with the speaker for MLK Jr. Commemorative Week on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST through Microsoft Teams. Pre-registration is not required. Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., by parents who were active community organizers, Ms. Davis has made it her mission to share her life story and challenge audiences to join the struggle for racial, economic, and gender justice. Ms. Davis was entrenched in some monumental social movements over the last 50 years and, audience members will be able to hear Ms. Davis share her story through a 45-minute moderated conversation, and ask her questions during the final 15 minutes of the event. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity you do not want to miss! For questions, reach out to @usf_cab on Instagram or Facebook. For more information, please visit https://usf.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6641787.


Karamo Brown

Personal Development with Karamo Brown
February 17th, 7 PM
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The University Lecture Series is excited to welcome three-time Emmy Winner and Culture Expert on the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown. Karamo is a "sympathetic talk therapist warped inside a life coach and zipped into a fast fashion bomber jacket..." according to the New Yorker. Karamo is lauded for ease and natural comfort in relating to different types of people. Onstage, Karamo draws from his work as a social worker to show how he both discovered and learned to explore his many different "identities." Whether as a black man, openly gay man, a son of immigrant parents, a Christian, a single father, or former social worker; Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his numerous identities to achieve success and teaches others to do the same. We hope you will join us for an evening with Karamo on February 17, 2021, at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST on Microsoft Teams. Pre-registration is not required. To access the event, click here http://bit.ly/ULSBullsyncFebruary.


Fall 2020 Lecture Series:

Tituss Burgess

Tituss Burgess
October 27th, 7 PM
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The University Lecture Series is excited to welcome Emmy and SAG nominated actor, musician, and writer, Tituss Burgess, as the first virtual speaker of the 2020-2021 series. Tituss stars as ‘Titus Andromedon’ in the hit comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and is the first-ever recipient of the NewFest Voice and Visibility Award for being a powerful force in the LGBTQ+ community. In his lecture, Tituss plans to speak on the importance of diversity in the media, LGBTQ+ identity, and his acting career. Tituss was selected after receiving a significant number of votes in a survey of the University of South Florida community and in celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month. 


Temple Grandin

A Conversation with Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
October 30th, 5 PM 
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Recently named one of the top 10 ten college professors in the country, her life's work has been to understand her own autistic mind, and to share that knowledge with the world, aiding in the treatment of individuals with the condition. Her understanding of the human mind has aided her in her work with animal behavior, and she is one of the most respected experts in both autism and animal behavior in the world.   


Diane Guerro

Diane Guerrero: Latinx Heritage Speaker
November 17th, 7 PM
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Join us for an evening with the actress from "Orange Is The New Black" on Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM via Microsoft Teams. Named one of the top 10 Latina actresses to watch by Variety magazine, Diane Guerrero, draws from her personal and professional experiences to inspire audiences that success is possible—no matter the obstacles in the way. In 2015, Diane was nominated by former President Barack Obama, to be a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. She is an outspoken advocate for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform, and has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization to promote citizenship and voter registration. To access the event, click on "Join Event Online". Audio and video recording are prohibited. Pre-registration is not required. 

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