Diversity Summit Tuesday

The annual event features a keynote address by USF Trustee Brian Lamb, workshops, dance performance and a video on bullying.


By Barbara Melendez

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (April 5, 2013) – How diverse is your daily life at the University of South Florida?

To learn how diverse it is and can be, the 10th Annual Diversity Summit on Tuesday, April 9, offers a full day to consider diversity from a variety of perspectives. Seven concurrent workshops in the morning with more than 37 panelists, including USF faculty, staff, students, corporate partners and community leaders cover a lot of territory.

The day, devoted to the theme "Paths to Success: Student Growth, Innovations and Solutions," opens with breakfast in the Marshall Center Ballroom sponsored by USF Student Government with USF President Judy Genshaft; Ted Williams, associate vice president, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity; and Brian Goff, trustee and Student Body president, welcoming guests. The hour-long workshops and presentations, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Status of Latinos Presidential Advisory Committee and ENLACE, follow in two segments, beginning at 9:40 a.m. and 10:50 a.m.

Among the highlights are panels on graduation and retention rates; student success; research and innovation; and keeping graduates in Tampa Bay.

The keynote speaker at the noon luncheon is USF Trustee and USF alum Brian Lamb, who serves as president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Tampa Bay. It is sponsored by Nielsen, M&I A part of BMO Financial Group, USF Status of Latinos Committee, and the Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity and hosted by Patsy Feliciano, director of Diversity and Inclusion.

“Each and every day, we work hard on creating a path to success for more than 47,000 students who attend USF seeking to learn and grow, as well as a path to success for innovation and solutions for today’s global challenges. We are in fact creating innumerable paths for success,” Feliciano said.

“Ad Astra,” a dance piece choreographed by USF School of Dance faculty member Paula Nuñez will be performed by USF dancers.

A Diversity Expo featuring representatives from colleges, university departments, USF’s Presidential Advisory Committees, student organizations and community partners runs from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The activities end with a CAFÉ Reception and the annual diversity awards program from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in MSC 2100AB. This part of the program, which recognizes faculty, staff, students and community contributions to diversity, is sponsored by USF INTO, USF Latin Community Advisory Committee and Sabroso Restaurant.

At 2 p.m. there will be a video screening, presentation and panel on bullying “Bullying. End of Violence. Stand up for what’s right” with USF Dance faculty and producer Andrew Carroll; a “Faces of Success”  program from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. celebrates the diversity found at USF among the students, faculty and staff all around campus reflecting the broader society.

For the full detailed schedule, click here or visit http://usfweb2.usf.edu/EOA/.

“There’s a lot to learn about what enriches the USF environment, and we encourage participation in what is a truly inspiring event day,” Williams said.  “It’s worth the time to get acquainted with all these wonderful people on campus – from our amazing students, faculty from so many different disciplines, to administrators and staff.”

Barbara Melendez can be reached at 813-974-4563.