All posts by Tara Newsom

Apply Today for Racial Justice Fellowship Program

Paid Fellowship Opportunity! Apply by 9/13/2021!

The St. Petersburg Racial Justice Fellows Program began collaborating in Fall 2020 to create a consortium of higher education institutions in Pinellas County, Florida, focused on racial justice. The joint initiative includes Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College (SPC), Stetson University College of Law, University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg campus, and the Foundation for a Health St. Petersburg (FHSP).

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has provided a grant to select eight students to participate in this pilot program. Chosen students will participate in this fellowship and receive up to $2,000 during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Students will participate in opportunities to learn about shaping policy and systems through a racial justice lens. They will learn about mechanisms that enable racial healing, and they will work on projects that support racial healing and transformation in our communities. The program requires up to 60 hours per semester and 120 hours for a six-week summer internships.

Additional information and application are available here.

*Must be a full-time (12 credit hours) student with an expected graduation date of May 2022 or later to participate.

9/11 Day of Remembrance

Join SPC as we honor the 20th Anniversary of the devastating terror attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives on 9/11. In order to commemorate those lost and give thanks to the brave first responders who put their lives on the line, we are joining the Camaraderie Foundation to display flags in the fallen first responders’ honor.

The Camaraderie Foundation provides access to mental health counseling services – at no expense – to post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families.  These warriors and their families often experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, divorce, substance abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse and other issues.  With your support, we can help these Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their families. You can find more information about this organization here.

Join SPC students, faculty & staff to honor and remember 9/11 and First Responders on the following campuses the week of 9/7-9/11.


For more information please contact Dr. Tara Newsom at or reach out to your campus Student Life & Leadership office.

Your SERVICE counts!

SPC’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement (CCLCE) wants to honor your service hours.

Please remember to log all volunteer and civic education hours under the ENGAGE FOR CHANGE survey link found under “Log Volunteer Hours” tab here:

Thank you for being part of the SPC family and contributing to the civic health of our communities!

Celebrate National Volunteer Month!

National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month

Join SPC in celebrating National Volunteer month!

Students, Faculty & Staff are all welcome as we focus on two volunteer projects:

Florida Native Plant Landscaping Community Garden Project




NO REGISTRATION NEEDED! If interested, email Tara Newsom at

SPCA Pet Walk


8:30AM – 12:00PM




Prefer to walk from home? You can still join as the entire event will be simulcast that morning on the SPCA’s social channels,@SPCATampaBay. 

Remember to log your volunteer hours on the Engage for Change survey:

MLK Day of Service: SPC Shares!

At St. Petersburg College, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy on this national day of service by partnering with Hope Villages of America to distribute food boxes to those in need.

Food boxes will be distributed on Friday, January 15 from 9 – 11 a.m. at SPC’s Clearwater and Midtown Campuses.

Last year, the MLK Day of Service inspired hundreds of thousands all over the country to come together to serve their communities. Volunteers in Pinellas County and beyond refurbished schools and community centers, collected food and clothing, recruited mentors, completed home improvements for the elderly, and more. As part of this national effort, let’s continue SPC’s leadership with the SPC Shares food distribution project.

How to get involved:

  • Share the news of food availability with your neighbors, co-workers, students and families
  • Volunteer to help with food distribution on Friday, January 15 at 7:30 a.m. at either campus (Face masks are required and volunteers will be provided gloves.)

Please, always report your volunteer hours by using the Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement’s “Engage for Change” survey measurement tool.

Please note that the college and all of our locations will be closed on Monday, January 18.

SPC Get’s Out the VOTE Volunteer opportunities!

League of Women Voters St. Petersburg (LWVSP) Voter Guide Give Away
Saturday October 10th 8 am Tropicana Field

Want to help your neighbors secure non-partisan voter guides to prepare for the election? Join the LWVSP this Saturday at 8 am for voter guide distribution.

Volunteers should arrive at 8 am at Tropicana for Feeding Tampa Bay mega-food pantry, enter at Trop Field Lot 4, entrance off 16th S and 5th Ave S.
Tell volunteers at lot entrance you’re a LWVSPA volunteer and drive up to far end of the lot, where they set up.
Wear a mask and no partisan clothing.
WHAT YOU WILL DO: Volunteers will walk back and forth in the lot as cars arrive and roll through, handing Voter Guides to drivers.
Make sure you’ve got sunblock, a hat, water, whatever you need to stay hydrated.
You can volunteer until Feeding Tampa Bay runs out of food, which is anywhere from 11-noon.
You do not need to stay the entire time as some volunteers arrive in shifts.
Interested in additional VIRTUAL GET OUT THE VOTE volunteer opportunities ?

Monday October 12 & Tuesday October 13th
Next Gen Virtual Volunteer Opportunity

For additional virtual volunteering click here:

Get ready to vote!

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and SPC is ALL IN to celebrate this day and to ensure that we’re all #VoteReady. Florida’s registration deadline is fast approaching on October 5! 
SPC encourages you to register to vote and participate in the November 3 Presidential election.

Here’s how YOU can get started! 

Register to Vote: It’s simple, it’s free and it’s secure. College students can register at their school address or their permanent/home address, if these are different. Start the process here. Already registered? Take a moment to confirm it.

You can also sign up for TurboVote, the non-partisan text messaging system to make sure you never forget an election. Please visit the SPC TurboVote website for more information and to register.
Spread the Word: Once you make sure you’re registered, forward this email to a friend and ask them to join you in publicizing the day on social media. Don’t forget to tag @allintovote on all platforms, and make sure to use #allintovote and #VoteReady in all of your social media posts as well as #NationalVoterRegistrationDay for any posts on September 22! For more up-to-date information on the upcoming election, remember to follow the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

Get #VoteReady: Already registered? Even better! If you want to vote by mail this year, request your ballot today. Take ten minutes today to visit to learn more about what’s on the ballot, where your polling station is, and other ways to get involved ahead of Election Day.  

Mark Your Calendars:
September 22 | National Voter Registration Day
October 5 | Florida Voter Registration Deadline
October 24 | Florida General Election Early Voting October 24 – 31
November 3 | Election Day

Thanks for taking a few moments to strengthen your community – and our country – with your voice.

All the best!


Join SPC’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Department and the Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement in a series of virtual civic engagement activities!

Monday@6pm: Engage in civic engagement for Patriot Day 2020 (Participants will hear from the League of Women Voters, Tri-Partisan Canvas, and the Public Interest Research Group and will then be asked to engage in voter education & outreach in real time).

Tuesday@6pm: Engage with local political candidates (Pinellas County Sheriff, Tax Collector, School Board)

Weds@6pm: Meet Social Science Employers

Thur@1pm: Participate in civil debate & celebrate Constitution Day (win prize $$)

Friday@10am: Learn about PSY Majors (

SPC’s Award Winning Model UN team is also recruiting!

Email questions:

SPC honors 9/11 Day of Service with SPC VOTES

During the month of September, people across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities with a common purpose to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 and honor the memory of those who died that day. Each year we call on SPC students, faculty and staff to remember 9/11 by volunteering service, both virtually and in-person where it can be done safely.

As we start a new academic year, Titans are encouraged to represent the best of America by participating in this nationwide celebration. We encourage you to invite your students and colleagues to join in remembering this important day.  

There are two ways you are encouraged to get involved in SPC’s 9/11 Virtual Day of Services:

1.      Virtual Day of Service- September 14 at 6 p.m.

Join us for a robust discussion about the myths about voting, how to vote by mail and real time voter registration. Participants will also contribute to SPC’s first ever text bank effort to help get out the vote in 2020!

This event will include:

·       The League of Women Voters
·       The Tri-Partisan Canvas
·       The Public Interest Research Group

Register here for the event.

2.      Looking for other service opportunities?

If you are familiar with an organization in your community with virtual or other safe volunteer opportunities available, commit to a day of service with the organization of your choice. Or, go to find a volunteer opportunity near you.

You can report your volunteer hours by using the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement survey link for student and faculty reporting:

For more information, contact Tara Newsom at