Dr. Luz D. Randolph is responsible for the university-wide fundraising efforts for Diversity Initiatives at the University of South Florida. Her primary focus is to assist in cultivating relationships between USF constituents and the Tampa Bay community that will help enhance our diverse students’ experiences. Since her arrival in 2016, she has successfully fundraised over $3 million for diversity initiatives and assisted in the development and implementation of the Black Leadership Network which aims to provide financial and mentoring support to African American students at the University of South Florida.
Before coming to USF, Luz served as Director of the Candidate Empowerment Center (CEC) at Florida A&M University. In this role her team increased FAMU’s College of Education’s Teacher Certification passage rate by 75%. She also served as Assistant Director of the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Miami where she coordinated services and programs that challenged, motivated, and supported ethnically diverse students in their development at the University of Miami and seek to bring issues of diversity and multiculturalism to the foreground of campus conversation. She is a double alumna from the University of South Florida with a B.A in Interpersonal Communication and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – College Student Affairs. She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation focused on the experience of Latinas in Latina sororities and the impact on their academic persistence. Since, she has presented on topics relating to Latinas and their college experience, philanthropy and diversity, and gender issues and sexual orientation. Currently, she serves as a Board of Director for Hispanic Services Council, MacDonald Training Center, and the USF Alumni Association.