Our Impact in 2020

This week’s blog is the introduction to our Annual Impact Report—released this week—detailing our programs’ and our students’ accomplishments for the 2019-20 year. Senior Director, Derick Brown, offers a call to action for support of our students and the transformational experiences they are afforded through the Center. Learn how the Center carries on Leo T. McCarthy’s legacy and the impact that our students and the USF community has made this year.

Dear McCarthy Center Community,

Now more than ever is the time to fight for social equality and justice for all. Here at the McCarthy Center, we’ve been leading the charge. Our students have the skills and resources to be active, engaged young leaders — in the vision of Leo McCarthy’s legacy. 

Leo’s legacy of commitment to public service and the common good continues to be the driving factor of the work we do day in and day out. It’s wonderful to encourage our USF students to stay involved and engaged, but it’s also important for us at the McCarthy Center to open pathways for people who come from diverse backgrounds, to see how institutional change is facilitated at a systemic level. And in doing so, it requires all of us to exercise our privilege to vote. From the moment new Dons join us for the first time at new student orientation, to when they leave as USF graduates, we want students who come through our center to know  they have the power and the voice to make meaningful contributions to our city, our state, and our nation’s future.

Lastly, In my role as the senior director of the McCarthy Center, my vision aligns with continuing to create and refine community-engaged learning opportunities that question power, privilege and oppression, and partnering with community organizations that are doing the work of racial equity and justice.

Thank you for your continued support as we build the future public service leaders of tomorrow.


Derick E. Brown

Sr. Director, Leo T. McCarthy Center

Read the summary of the 2019-20 Annual Report here.


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