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USF receives $1.2 million gift to expand assistance to students with intellectual disabilities

The University of South Florida today announced a $1.2 million gift from Andrew and Eileen Hafer to benefit UMatter, an innovative, inclusive postsecondary education program in the USF College of Education created to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to experience higher education and campus life.

September 30, 2021Campus News, Student Life

Lyman Dukes III

Professor wins distinguished award from international higher education and disability association

USF Professor of Education Lyman Dukes III has received the Ronald E. Blosser Dedicated Service Award from the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).

August 26, 2021Research and Innovation

Teacher working with students on a computer

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

Brenda Walker

USF RISES to gather student opinions on disproportionate school punishment of African Americans

A University of South Florida project called Racism in School Exclusionary Suspensions (RISES) explores school suspensions and the extent to which perceptions of racism or differential treatment are held by African American students.

October 27, 2020Research and Innovation

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UMatter program to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity for a college education and experience

A $900,000 grant is establishing the UMatter program at USF’s St. Petersburg campus to provide young people with intellectual disabilities the learning, social skills and career training to set them up to be competitively employed and live independently.

August 26, 2020Campus News, Research and Innovation

Some of the children books that were provided to 45 local families.

Education Faculty Work with Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg to Provide Children’s Books to Local Families

It began with the want to get involved in the community during a pandemic and addressing a simple need: quality books for children who were stuck at home due to COVID-19.

June 2, 2020Campus News

Sandra Vernon-Jackson engaging with students during the STEM robotics summer camp.

STEM INQ Director to Moderate Community Conversation with First African American Woman in Space

When Sandra Vernon-Jackson was growing up, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut. And on March 24, she’ll have the opportunity to moderate a discussion with a person who achieved that dream: Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to travel to space.

March 11, 2020Events

Adult woman reading a book to a young child.

Community Comes Together for Baby Talk Initiative and Listening to Babies Training to Shine a Light on Educational Bias that Starts Early

The Listening to Babies event targets a broad audience of professionals who work in education, child welfare and healthcare serving families in Pinellas County to recognize and address these biases.

February 19, 2020Campus News, Events

University Student Center on the USF St. Petersburg campus

USF St. Petersburg Awarded $10 Million Grant to Spread Mental Health Awareness Training

The university recently received a $10 million grant from the Florida Department of Education that will be used to help school districts address a variety of mental health related issues.

February 17, 2020Research and Innovation

Participants of USF’s research boot camps

Five Florida Universities Create Alliance to Increase Minority Women Faculty in STEM Fields

Dr. Brenda L. Walker, the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Education at USF St. Petersburg and the Principle Investigator for the project, said the goal for the first cohort is to prepare them to be more competitive in STEM fields and to take on faculty positions as they move through the ranks for promotion.

September 9, 2019Campus News, Research and Innovation

University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus

USF St. Petersburg Awarded $5.5-Million to Support K-12 Mental Health Awareness Training

Thousands of K-12 school personnel will be trained on how to recognize and refer students with emotional or mental health difficulties thanks to a $5.5-million grant awarded to USF St. Petersburg’s College of Education.

August 26, 2019Campus News, Research and Innovation

Students working together at the robotics camp

USFSP Robotics Camp Receives INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine’s Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

A camp created by the USF St. Petersburg College of Education to teach young students about science and technology has received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

August 15, 2019Campus News

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