Black and white residents in the Tampa Bay area have stark differences in their experiences and perceptions about race relations.
Black residents are more likely to view issues of race and racial discrimination as pervasive, systemic issues that are present in relatively all elements of society, while white residents are more likely to view those issues as being situationally dependent, according to a new survey from the Tampa Bay Partnership.
With an ambitious goal of enrolling 650 students at the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus in summer and fall 2021, USF Provost Ralph Wilcox said the school has to do a “much better” job at retaining its current students and helping them make it to graduation.
“As I’m sure you’ll agree, an 87 percent freshmen retention rate, a 45 percent four-year graduation rate and a 57 percent six-year graduation rate are frankly unacceptable,” Wilcox said at a Thursday meeting of the Campus Advisory Board. “Just imagine how many more students would be enrolled on the St. Petersburg campus and living in the residence halls if the retention rate over the last few years were in the 90 percent range, not in the 70s and 80s.”
Confessions on the 7:45 is Tampa Bay novelist Lisa Unger’s 18th thriller, and it’s taut, suspenseful and riveting. Not that readers would expect anything less from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside, Under My Skin and In the Blood.
Wednesday on The Catalyst Sessions, Unger talked about Confessions, which begins with a chance encounter on a commuter train and encompasses a wide, wicked world of lies, deceit and the ultimate confidence game.
On the second installment of the Leadership St. Pete Alumni Association’s Inside the Corner Office 2020, painter and gallery owner D. YaeL Kelley and Liz Dimmitt, CEO of the soon-to-debut Fairgrounds interactive arts experience, discussed the future of the arts in St. Pete.
Sponsored by LSPAA, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the St. Pete Catalyst, the discussion was livestreamed Tuesday afternoon.