Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.12
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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University of Florida
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Allison Vitt
Outreach & Communications Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity and equity on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on one or both of the following?:
Yes or No
Student diversity and equity Yes
Employee diversity and equity Yes

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Council on Diversity has been formed to further the University’s commitment to equal opportunity. It is my belief that a great university is a diverse university with world-balance.

The Council on Diversity is also charged with identifying ways to increase the diversity of the faculty, staff and students. Our goal is that the diversity of faculty, staff and students at the University of Florida will closely reflect the population of the state of Florida as a whole. To that end, the Council on Diversity will:

Review the practices of each college and department within the University to determine whether improvements could be made to increase student, staff, and/or faculty diversity.
Analyze the efforts of other peer institutions similar to UF to identify any new and promising approaches available to increase student, staff, and/or faculty diversity.
Propose policies that serve to increase/retain student, staff, and/or faculty diversity.Please join me in working with members of the Council on Diversity when your area receives requests for access to data, policies, and other information that may be relevant to issues of diversity. Our efforts to support the council will bring us closer to fulfilling our mission of becoming one of the most respected public universities in the nation.
Together we can accomplish academic excellence within our community, reflective of the rich culture and diversity of our state and nation.

- The focal point of the University of Florida’s Institutional Equity & Diversity office is to ensure equitable treatment of all students and employees.
- The office networks with all aspects of campus employment in order to work toward a learning and working environment free of discrimination and harassment for current as well as prospective students and employees.
- The office assists with information or concerns about fair-hiring practices, high-quality work environments, as well as the diversity of our great staff and faculty.

UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. It provides a wide range of services, educational opportunities, learning, support, outreach, activities and engagement for students. Multicultural & Diversity Affairs is a collective collaboration between the Institute of Black Culture; Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs; Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs; and Intercultural Engagement.

The full-time equivalent of people employed in the diversity and equity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer is available:
Does the institution make cultural competence trainings and activities available to all members of the following groups?:
Yes or No
Students Yes
Staff Yes
Faculty Yes
Administrators Yes

A brief description of the cultural competence trainings and activities:

The HR Office of Training and Development Offers a course on diversity in the workplace, GET789: Diversity & Inclusion at UF - “Diversity & Inclusion at UF” is an online course which outlines key components of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and diversity at the University of Florida. This course utilizes case study videos and graphic novels to demonstrate inclusive behaviors, and also highlights key moments in history that have had an impact on inclusion in higher education.

The office of Multicultural & Diversity Affairs provides training and information sessions to students, faculty, and staff on issues including diversity, leadership/mentorship, inclusion, bias, acceptance, and more. Their website serves as a portal for gender resources, diversity and multicultural resources, community resources, scholarships, and more. They have also established the BEAD (Become Educated About Diversity) Project, which offers training and workshops on diversity and inclusion.

The website URL where information about the cultural competence trainings is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

BEAD (Become Educated About Diversity) Project: http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/services/bead_project/
Multicultural & Diversity Affairs: http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/

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