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14th Annual USF System Diversity Summit

Mar 2, 2017

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Thursday, March 2, 2017 
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: USF Tampa Marshall Student Center Ballroom

Higher Education Awareness and Responsibility for Diversity

USF continues to build a vibrant system focused on leveraging its talents in academics, research and community engagement. We are impacting our region in countless and significant ways through our commitment to student success, focus on global connections, research and innovation, and drive to lead as a major economic engine and partner for a sustainable future.

Now more than ever, we recognize that our strength resides in our differences and the opportunities that we create through the diversity and inclusion of every member of our community. Continuing to foster this culture will allow us to remain relevant and competitive in our global stage and tackle today’s world challenges.

Join our USF and Tampa Bay communities for a conversation around these topics, best practices, who we are, what we are doing and what we have yet to do….as USF and our community continue to climb as a powerfully emerging influence on the future of our region, state and country.

The USF Diversity Summit is a system-wide event hosted by the President and attended by our faculty, staff and students. Each year, we explore diversity and inclusion topics that are important to both our internal and external communities through workshops, keynote speakers and other activities.

We invite your organization to join us as a sponsor during this important university system-wide event.

Please call within five working days of the event if a reasonable accommodation for a disability is needed.

If you have any questions, please contact Marquis Holley at mholley2@usf.edu 813-974-4373


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Program Schedule

8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome by USF System President Judy Genshaft

Mr. Alex Sanchez9:00 a.m. Morning Plenary : Mr. Alex Sanchez, he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Bankers Association (FBA). Founded in 1888, and located in Tallahassee, the FBA is the leading voice for Florida’s banking industry. Alex’s responsibilities include representing and advocating for Florida’s banking industry before all legislative and regulatory bodies in Tallahassee and in Washington. He is currently working with USF and other universities to establish a joint program between the universities and the banking industry.
9:30 a.m. Leadership panel with former USF Student Government Presidents

10:40 a.m. Concurrent sessions led by faculty, staff and guests

Dr. Abdul M. Omari12:00 noon Lunch Keynote: Dr. Abdul M. Omari holds a B.A. in global studies, a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a PhD in comparatie and international development education from the University of Minnesota. He is an elected member of the Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota, serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA Greater Twin Cities, AchieveMpls, and Civic Eagle. Abdul was featured in Minnesota Business Magazine’s “Young Entrepreneurs” August 2016 issue. Omari is a proud native of Minneapolis, Minnesota with immigrant parents from Kenya and Jordan.

1:45 p.m. Concurrent sessions led by faculty, staff and guests

3:00 p.m. Concurrent sessions continued