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
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