Posted on Apr 11, 2013

USF Nursing Students Participate in USF’s 10th Annual Diversity Summit

USF Nursing Students Participate in USF’s 10th Annual Diversity Summit

On Wednesday April 10, 2013, the University of South Florida held its 10th Annual Diversity Summit at the USF Marshall Center Ballroom. A crowd of approximately 200 enjoyed the days events that included: a breakfast welcome, two sets of workshops, a luncheon that featured a keynote speech by USF Trustee and USf Alum Brian Lamb, the screening of a video on bullying, a diversity expo, a panel that showed the diverse faces of success and finally an awards ceremony – one message came through loud and clear: diversity matters at USF.

Associate Vice President, Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Ted Williams, along with Trustee and Student Body President William Warmke, welcomed the crowd that filled the ballroom. Then USF President Judy Genshaft set the tone for the day’s events at the by emphasizing the importance of creating an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere on campus.

As part of the event, USF College of Nursing students like  Sherley Dorvil (pictured below) participated in health screenings. The workshops and presentations followed. More than 37 panelists, including USF faculty, staff, students, corporate partners and community leaders took part in discussions that touched on many of the areas of life where diversity plays a role.

Sherley Dorvil

“The theme, ‘Paths to Success: Student Growth, Innovations and Solutions,’ was inspired by President Genshaft’s Fall Address which touched on diversity’s role as part of the university’s strategic plan,” said Patsy Feliciano, director of Diversity and Inclusion. She added, “I think just about everyone on today’s program has underscored the point that individually and collectively, embracing diversity is key to success in a world that is changing every day.”

Reflecting both the broader society and the USF community, 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow Cameron Ainsworth; Executive Director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Karen Berkman; 2011 Gilman Scholar Farah Britto; College of Pharmacy Dean Kevin B. Sneed, and 2013-14 Trustee and Student Body President William Warmke comprised the diverse “Faces of Success” segment of the program.  They shared inspiring stories about their individual paths to success. Hard work, the need to focus on a career you love and the decision to never give up were the themes.

Original story Diversity Summit Highlights was written by Barbara Melendez of USF News. 

Photos by Aimee Blodgett.