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CAS professors receive SOL Award

TAMPA, Fla. — Two professors at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences received the SOL (Status of Latinos) Faculty Award as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Assistant Professor Angela Stuesse from the Department of Anthropology has focused her research on Latino immigration, race relations and the workforce in the south. She received the award as a result of her creation of Intergroup Resources, a center dedicated to building relationships across cultures. Intergroup Resources provides material to spark dialogue and engage community through support organizations and online campaigns.

Offline, Stuesse has used Intergroup Resources to get information to those who need it most. She has previewed it in sessions at the 2012 annual National Immigrant Integration Conference and biannual Transforming Race conference, encourages media coverage of the site, and devises social media strategies to publicize its launch. In early 2013, she became a formal member of the Advisory Committee in order to support the project’s continued success.

Professor Pablo Brescia of the Department of World Languages, whose areas of teaching and research are history and theory of Latin American short fiction, genre studies (science-fiction/detective fiction) and 20th and 21st centuries Mexican and Southern Cone literatures and cultural histories, also received the SOL Faculty Award.

Brescia immigrated from his native Buenos Aires, Argentina, to the United States in 1986. He joined USF’s faculty in 2003 and is a full professor of Spanish at USF, and he is also the Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish and the Argentina Study Abroad Program.

More than 500 people attended the Sixth Annual Spanish Fair that took place in February, under the coordination of Brescia.

Brescia found speakers to present about the importance of Spanish in a globalized world, the plight of farm workers in Florida, the language and prejudice concerning immigration, Hispanic organizations in the Tampa Bay area, and about the importance of Spanish for the medical sciences. He also helped to promote USF B.A. and M.A. programs, LASA and Study Abroad, Club de Español, Center for Equal Health, ENLACE, and Hispanic Alliance of Tampa Bay. He also works with community-based radio station WSLR 96.5 LPFM, where he co-hosts the Florida-Caribe radio show twice a month. This show aims to educate people worldwide about Latin America and covers a wide range of issues.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences Anthropology World Languages   
Author: Justine Figueroa