USF Committee on Black Affairs Sponsors "Yes, You Can" Event

TAMPA, Fla. (March 1, 2010) -- The USF Committee on Black Affairs (COBA) is hosting its second annual "USF! Yes, You Can Day" on Thursday, March 25.


Approximately 40 middle school students from low-income backgrounds will experience academic enrichment activities on the USF Tampa campus for the day. The purpose is to motivate eighth-graders to continue their education beyond high school and to expose them to USF as a viable option for their university of choice.


The committee has planned a full day of activities, including motivational speakers, university classroom experiences, academic and career mentoring, entertainment and campus tours. As a centerpiece of the day, each student will spend time with mentors on an informal basis.


Composed of faculty, staff and students, COBA is responsible for advising the university president on matters affecting black faculty, staff and students of the university. This includes monitoring "quality of life" issues as they relate to the university climate. To accomplish its goals, the committee sponsors events, hosts lectures and workshops, and surveys and focus groups.


For more information about COBA activities, or to volunteer as a mentor for the event, please email Brenda L. Walker, COBA chairperson, or call (813) 974-1385.