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University of South Florida

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33620
Phone
(813) 974-2011
Email address
admissions@usf.edu
School Information
"USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Together these campuses serve more than 50,000 students and offer undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degrees. Across our 14 colleges, undergraduates choose from over 180 majors and concentrations, from business and engineering to the arts and USF Health. We are dedicated to empowering our students to prosper and have been recognized nationally for closing the achievement gap regardless of race, background or socioeconomic status." (Source: https://www.usf.edu/about-usf/)
General Information
USF has taken steps to finance research into critical race theory and anti-racism. The provost created a $500,000 research fund to research “systemic racism” and find potential solutions. USF has also financed the creation of the DARE Dashboard, which collects data on students, faculty, and staff. This data will be used to make policies designed to "institutionalize" antiracism. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Program and Research Funding
  • Provost created a $500,000 research fund to research “systemic racism” and find potential solutions.
  • The USF "Research Task Force on Understanding and Addressing Blackness and Anti-Black Racism in Local, National and International Communities" funded a project to research lost African American cemeteries.
Resources
  • USF unveiled its Diversity, Anti-Racism, & Equity (DARE) Dashboard. The dashboard examines the demographics of students at USF and those of faculty/staff. This will be used to institutionalize anti-racism.
  • USF Office of Multicultural Affairs offers Diversity and Inclusion Training Series in Spring 2022 on Diversity & Inclusion, Implicit Bias, and Anti-Racism along with numerous other seminars, workshops, and events covering DEI and anti-racism.
  • USF developed a new strategic plan to highlight their actions towards diversity, equity, and inclusion with several key initiatives including making “syllabi and curricular updates that highlight diverse scholarship,” to adjust the faculty hiring plan to increase underrepresented groups, and to “proactively track faculty who advance DEI efforts.”
  • USF offers an Inclusive and Equitable Pedagogy (IEP) Program through a workshop series and Canvas course to highlight diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • USF’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity (DIEO) developed an ongoing program for Dismantling Racism Team Study Circles.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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