Grand opening of new research lab to combat human trafficking in Florida
Researchers, legislators and law enforcement leaders came together at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus to celebrate the grand opening of a research lab devoted to studying human trafficking in the state. The event recognized champions of anti-trafficking efforts in Florida and highlighted projects of the Trafficking in Persons Risk to Resilience Research Lab, one of the first research centers dedicated to studying the myriad impacts of the illegal activity in Florida. READ MORE
USF St. Petersburg campus sets record with five National Merit Scholars
For the first time, USF’s St. Petersburg campus is welcoming a National Merit Scholar in its incoming class. In fact, it is welcoming five.

“All five are outstanding young people pursuing their hopes and dreams just like their fellow bulls, and who have come here because of our academic reputation, campus size, opportunities for engaging in the community and sense of place," said Regional Chancellor Martin Tadlock. READ MORE
Town Hall conversation to address climate resiliency in south St. Petersburg as part of annual iCAR workshop
Researchers are partnering with organizations from south St. Petersburg to hold conversations about climate justice and how residents can start building greater resiliency within their community.

Residents will also have the rare opportunity to learn from renowned scholar Dr. Robert Bullard, one of the premier national experts on issues of environmental and climate justice. READ MORE
Professor lends perspective on the long shadow of 9/11 in U.S. foreign policy
The unfolding crisis in Afghanistan and the return to power of the Taliban has brought renewed attention to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The research of Assistant Professor of International Relations and Political Science Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi focuses on the tension between security and human rights during the war on terror. We talked with Jimenez-Bacardi to learn more about the events of 9/11, the U.S. response and lasting lessons. READ MORE
Pinellas County higher education consortium creates Racial Justice Fellows program
Racial Justice Fellows pilot program aimed at putting college students at the center of systemic racial change is being launched by a coalition of Pinellas County higher education institutions and a non-profit organization.

Eight students will be selected to participate in the pilot program and receive up to $2,000 each. Participating institutions include USF’s St. Petersburg campus, St. Petersburg College, Eckerd College and Stetson College of Law. READ MORE
Honors College enrollment increases by more than 50 percent on St. Petersburg campus
Student enrollment in the Judy Genshaft Honors College on USF’s St. Petersburg campus has jumped by more than 50 percent for the 2021-22 academic year.

Nearly 150 students on the campus are in the prestigious college that provides an intimate, discussion-based learning experience with greater experiential and research opportunities. READ MORE
Wellness Center receives grant to build vaccine confidence on campus
A $3,000 grant from the American College Health Association (ACHA) will aid the Wellness Center with developing greater vaccine confidence on campus and in the community in order to increase rates of COVID vaccinations.

The Wellness Center was one of 50 student health centers across the nation, and one of just three in Florida, to receive a Campus COVID-19 Vaccine Initiative Mini-Grant from the ACHA. READ MORE
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.

The award is given to an individual for extraordinary dedication and service to the leading association for individuals committed to improving the inclusion of people with disabilities in higher education and beyond. READ MORE