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Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth commemorates the day when 250,000 slaves in the state of Texas, which became the last bastion for slavery during the final days of the Civil War, were declared free by the U.S. Army.

Juneteenth: The complicated history, significance and celebration around the struggle for freedom

Juneteenth has become the most well-known celebration for the ending of slavery in the United States and viewed by some as America’s second Independence Day. But the history of this important celebration is complex and often misunderstood.

June 16, 2021Campus News, Events

The consortium includes Eckerd College, Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg College (SPC) and the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg campus.

Higher education institutions in Pinellas County unite for racial justice

Representatives from four higher education institutions who collectively serve 36,000 students in St. Petersburg, Florida are joining together to create a consortium focused on dismantling racial hierarchies.

June 3, 2021Campus News

400 banner telling the African American journey

I AM 400 banner brings celebration of Black history to campus

An art banner designed to honor 400 years of African American history is now mounted on the main academic building on USF’s St. Petersburg campus, where organizers say it will serve as a powerful symbol of the campus’ commitment to honoring the Black experience.

May 13, 2021Campus News

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Ethical Leadership Offers Executive-Level Training for Women Leaders in Tampa Bay

Investing in women is needed more than ever, which is why USF’s St. Petersburg campus Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership is continuing to offer a program that prepares women for leadership success in their respective careers while narrowing the gender gap in executive roles.

February 9, 2021Campus News, Events

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Conference to promote diversity and inclusion in higher ed communities

As part of USF’s celebration of Black Heritage Month, the St. Petersburg campus will host its second annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference on February 6. Organized by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the conference will bring together dozens of academics, activists, students and staff to discuss and promote social justice issues in higher education

February 1, 2021Campus News, Events

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Family Study Center receives $3.7 million federal grant to support vulnerable families

A collaborative team led by psychology professor James McHale, director of the Family Study Center on the USF St. Petersburg campus, has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to research and strengthen relationships between family members to create safe and supportive households.

January 21, 2021Research and Innovation

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USF adopts Call Me MISTER program to boost the number of male teachers of color

The USF College of Education is launching a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of male teachers of color in local elementary schools, particularly those with populations of poor or at-risk students.

January 7, 2021Campus News, Student Life

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Research project to recover, engage public on lost history of African American burial grounds in Tampa Bay

A research project funded by a University of South Florida anti-racism initiative is seeking to recover and reimagine the forgotten history of a number of African American burial grounds and cemeteries that have been lost to history, neglected, abandoned, even paved over and developed on.

December 21, 2020Research and Innovation

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St. Pete Pearls offers dedicated support for students with foster care experience to improve chances of graduation

A new program at USF’s St. Petersburg campus will offer individualized guidance and support for students emerging from foster care with opportunities to develop foundational self-knowledge, leadership skills and a sense of community to prepare for lifelong achievements.

December 17, 2020Campus News, Student Life

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Emerging Scholar Timothy Garner has his eyes set on ophthalmology

Timothy Garner has always been driven by a deep-seated desire to improve the lives of others. He was accepted to USF’s St. Petersburg campus for fall 2018 and selected as an Emerging Scholar, a program that currently provides a tuition scholarship and mentorship for three high-achieving local students.

December 14, 2020Student Life

Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock on campus

Campus/Community Task Force on diversity, equity and inclusion announces new initiatives

As Regional Chancellor, I am very excited to work alongside others to create a campus community, city and county that eliminates racial inequalities, becomes a model for educating the community around issues of social justice and social action, and ensures that all USF St. Petersburg campus faculty, staff and students understand, appreciate, and live the ideals of an inclusive community.

December 4, 2020Campus News

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USF St. Petersburg campus awarded a $25,000 grant from Ford Motor Company Fund to fight food insecurity through urban farming

USF’s St. Petersburg campus received a $25,000 grant through the 2020 Ford College Community Challenge to go towards a project that will promote food security in South St. Petersburg by producing up to 150 pounds of fresh vegetables for the community each month.

November 17, 2020Campus News, Sustainability

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