The St. Petersburg/Pinellas Higher Education for Racial Equity (SPHERE) Consortium is an officially recognized Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation campus center of the American Association Colleges and Universities. This collaborative of institutions in Pinellas County, Florida is unified in the cause to upend established racial hierarchies that oppress marginalized communities. Representatives from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, Stetson University College of Law and the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg work together to create academic programming, research, information resources and public engagement around racial equity.

Mission

To create an accessible space for sustained scholarship, conversation, service, education, activism and legislative advocacy around the topics of race equity and racial healing in order to build a more equitable collective future.

Vision

As we come to understand the racial history of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County and the role our institutions have played therein, we seek to dismantle existing racial hierarchies and inspire a narrative change. We wish to highlight our shared humanity; embrace positive narratives on race while developing our students, employees, and the community; and move toward racial healing and transformation.

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