CBCS Faculty and Organizations Honored at USF Diversity Summit

The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is proud to announce the 10th Annual Diversity Summit at USF honored CBCS faculty and staff for their contributions to promoting diversity at USF. The summit, held on April 10th in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, brought together leaders in diversity from across the USF campus and the community. 

Guitele Rahill, PH.D., LCSW, an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, has conducted research into Haitian health beliefs and practices, and has been designing an educational toolkit to mitigate the effects of unsafe medical practices among Haitians in the United States. Recently, Rahill traveled to Port-au-Prince in Haiti with Manisha Joshi, Ph.D., of the School of Social Work, to conduct research into HIV prevention and mental health services available to victims of sexual violence in Haiti. Rahill was recognized at the Diversity Summit for her research and initiatives into improving the lives of the Haitian population both in our community, across the country, and in Haiti.

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) was also awarded for its community-based efforts in providing information and consultation to individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. CARD regularly sponsors events to benefit Tampa and USF-based initiatives, such as the upcoming 8th Annual Fiesta by the Bay to benefit the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF.

Project Latino S.T.Y.L.E – Strengthening Today’s Youth Life Experience - is a research study for health promotion for Hispanic youth and their parents. Project Latino S.T.Y.L.E seeks to inform adolescents of Latin descent and their parents about alcohol and drugs, sexually transmitted diseases and sex, violence prevention, and communication between parents and teens. Four members of the project were honored at the Diversity Summit on April 10th: Ercilia Calcano, the project manager, Manny Major and Mily Porter, research support specialists, and Yairi Rivera, a research assistant.