Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.36
Liaison Matthew Williams
Submission Date Dec. 4, 2020
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University of Florida
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 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 to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

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

The Council on Diversity was formed as an advisory body to the UF President with a charge to further the University’s commitment to equal opportunity, and to promote strategic awareness and visibility through advocacy, facilitation and action. The Council’s activities included hosting guest speakers, seminars, and other outreach efforts; advising university departments and administrators on issues related to diversity and inclusion; assisting in the development and deployment of a Campus Climate Survey in fall 2015; and - as a result of the findings of the Campus Climate Survey, the Council provided guidance and input during the creation of and hiring process for the university’s first-ever Chief Diversity Officer, a position that was successfully filled in 2018.

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 also assists with information or concerns about fair-hiring practices, high-quality work environments, as well as the diversity of 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.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

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.

UF Human Resources also hosts a certificate program, Gators Together, for individual employees and supervisors. This diversity and inclusion program is designed to Increase Performance and Engagement by Creating an inclusive Environment for diverse talents.

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 REAL (Respect, Equity and Allyship for Leaders) Talk program, designed to celebrate and raise awareness about the multiple identities that make up the University of Florida. These workshops help attendees think about their own various identities help them become more aware and understanding of the differing perspectives and experiences of those around them.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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