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The deadline was implemented so all corresponding groups could continue moving forward in getting this out to students quickly, according to SG Assistant Director of Diversity and Wellness Alexis Roberson. “That’s truly exciting because we have the opportunity to look over every single part of the module and get everything clarified and changed,” said Roberson. “We want to make sure that every student that comes into USF has an understanding of what our university is about, what we stand for and what we won’t accept.” Education isn’t the only realm BSU is tackling on its list — it also demands the university bridge the gap in the ratio of Black students to Black faculty and staff, create a department designated for Black student and staff success, and publicize the conduct process for incidents of hate or bias-related incidents that impact Black students.  The purchase of the EverFi module would not completely address BSU’s need for more anti-bias education at USF, but it would be a first step. While its second demand relates specifically to students, faculty and staff, the third demand on its list is geared toward anti-bias training for University Police (UP) as well.  Harvey said SG has played an important role in “passing the mic” between BSU, administration and other university departments, including UP, when it comes to addressing demands.  “We are all Black, and that is tiring for us to consistently try to reach out to police. It’s kind of like retriggering, over and over and over,” said Harvey. “SG, especially Gustavo [Spangher], Spencer [McCloskey] and Zach [Blair-Andrews], have been doing a really good job trying to do that reach-out for us.  “When we say we cannot do this, SG picks it up and they tell us what is going on. And that is really what the role of an ally is. They’ve been really supportive to us.” SG Tampa Governor Spencer McCloskey made a goal to make sure all the progress made continues until all of BSU’s demands are met within the next year. “Simply put, the dream is to have all 10 [demands] completed by May of [2021],” said McCloskey.



OOGEEP’s award-winning training exceeds state and federal fire safety standards and was the first program of its kind developed in the nation. In its 20th year, 19 firefighters were trained, bringing the total trained to more than 1,500 firefighters and first responders. The two-day training includes experience classroom presentations, virtual reality tabletop exercises and live outdoor fire behavior labs. Local firefighters who attended the training were Trevor Willoughby, Weathersfield Fire Department; Roger Bruce, Southington Fire Department; and Derek Hollander and Caleb Richmond, Brookfield Fire Department. “There is no better class around,” Richmond said. “(The class) is the most like it realistic class I have ever taken. I learned so much that I have never even thought of.” OOGEEP’s training was collaboratively developed by natural gas and oil industry experts, regulatory agencies, firefighters and emergency responders. The training teaches common practices, references and standards used by the fire service and the natural gas and oil industry. It is designed to provide insight into how natural gas and oil is explored, drilled, produced and transported, as well as the importance of establishing a unified command in the event of an unlikely emergency.