Diversity Summit on Changing World Apr. 26

Eighth annual Diversity Summit features Cisco executive Anabelle Pinto and remarks by Tampa Mayor Buckhorn.


By Barbara Melendez

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 25, 2011) – Everyone – everywhere – is facing the need to get used to a new world – one where people must get along with people unlike themselves, if they want peace and prosperity. The University of South Florida is holding its 8th Annual Diversity Summit Apr. 26 in the Marshall Student Center, on the theme Globalization & Diversity: It’s a Changing World to show how business, education and culture benefit from embracing the world’s differences and to help put the related issues in perspective. This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requested at www.usf.edu/DiversitySummit or click here.


USF President Judy Genshaft will deliver the opening remarks and Tampa’s Mayor Bob Buckhorn will also greet the audience. Anabelle Pinto, CISCO System’s director of worldwide market management, sports and entertainment will be this year’s keynote speaker. Pinto is an international executive with over 20 years experience in business development and marketing strategies for Fortune 500 companies. The USF alumna graduated with her MBA in 1992.

“This is an opportunity to really get at what these words ‘globalization’ and ‘diversity’ really mean on the personal level, the community level and to a world that gets smaller every day,” said Patsy Feliciano, director of diversity and inclusion in the USF Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.  “We expect to see plenty of members of our leadership, faculty, staff, students and area residents participating in the full-day of workshops, presentations and activities all focused on the direction, impact, benefits and challenges of globalization. This is the perfect place because USF is actively involved in globalization on so many fronts and in so many ways.”


Ted Williams, associate vice president of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity added,  Globalization is predicated upon a comprehensive understanding of, and an appreciation of the need and importance of diversity, inclusion and equality of opportunity. Indeed, they must be considered the cornerstones on which the realization of globalization resides. The conference provides an opportunity for all members of the system to come together and discuss important related topics each year.”


A special program by the College of The Arts will be presented at 2:30 p.m. with excerpts from What the Heart Remembers. This is an original collaborative dance and theatre project written and choreographed by USF Professors Fanni Green and Jeanne Travers.

“We will look at programs, initiatives and research already being conducted by our faculty and staff and share all the ways in which USF is connected with the world,” Feliciano said. “New this year is a panel of community people with positions in our Bay area that tie into the globalization theme.” 


The conference is sponsored by the USF Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, M&I Bank, USF Student Government, the USF Office of Multicultural Affairs, the USF Status of Latinos Committee, and INTO USF.


Summit Agenda

  • 9 a.m. - opening remarks by USF President Judy Genshaft, USF associate vice-president Ted Williams, and Tampa City Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  • 9:40 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. – presentations and workshops
  • 12 noon - lunch by RSVP only, Marshall Center Ballroom
  • 1:30 p.m. - Keynote speaker - Anabelle Pinto, Cisco’s director of worldwide market management, sports and entertainment    
  • 2:30 p.m. – College of The Arts Presentation – Blood Wedding, What the Heart Remembers
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Community Expo and reception


For more information call (813) 974-4373 or contact Frank E. Hernandez Fherna2@admin.usf.edu or Patsy Feliciano Pfelicia@admin.usf.edu.