EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

A community of students, faculty and staff with diverse experiences and backgrounds is essential to the success of our land-grant missions of education, research and service to our community and state.

UF will offer educational workshops for all current and new students, faculty and staff on racism, inclusion and bias.

Leads: Vice President Jodi Gentry, Vice President D’Andra Mull 

Target launch date: In November 2020, UFHR will introduce a new 30-minute “Managing Bias” online training module as an initial step in our shared efforts to better understand and begin to dismantle the individual and collective forces that support racism. Faculty and staff will receive an email notification from the myTraining system with a link to the course when it becomes available. UF’s racial justice education initiative will also include training for students that is currently being evaluated in light of the Sept. 22 federal Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping. The workgroup leading this initiative is in the final stages of curriculum evaluation and plans to launch this online module in the spring

Phase 1 - Launch required online educational modules for all faculty, staff and students

  • "Managing Bias" for all faculty and staff. 
  • "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" for all students.

Phase 2 - Develop and launch broader-based learning resources, webinars and conversations, including leadership-specific resources

  • UF Human Resources, along with the offices of the Chief Diversity Officer and Student Affairs, invited “100 UF voices” from across campus to a half-day online retreat to identify the knowledge and skills required to build a more racially just UF
  • Participants in this retreat helped identify three broad areas of focus for learning:    
    • Fostering Awareness: Understanding anti-Black racism 
    • Building Capacity: Knowledge and skills to engage in difficult conversations on race 
    • Promoting Action: Effecting personal and institutional change 
    • UFHR and MCDA  are launching webinars, workshops and resources aligned with the above areas 

Phase 3 - Working with UF expertise, develop a UF-specific online module for all faculty, staff and students to be launched in academic year 2021-2022

UF’s Office of Research will make available this academic year competitive grants to faculty on topics of race, equity, justice and reconciliation.

Lead: UF Office of Research 

UF Racial Justice Research Fund established to support scholarship on the Black experience: The University of Florida has committed $400,000 toward a Racial Justice Research Fund to support research and scholarship that will inform understanding of the Black experience, racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion on campus and beyond. Deadline for submission was September 28 with $15K - $75K awards made by November 2020 and funds to be used by the end of 2021.

The 2020-21 academic year will focus on the Black experience, racism and inequity. Each of our colleges will feature speakers, seminars and courses. Led by faculty, we will also reevaluate and revise appropriate elements of our curriculum, including UF Quest.

LeadChief Diversity Officer Antonio Farias 

*Please see College and Business Unit Breakouts for in-depth information.

Educating the Next Generation of Gators: Addressing Racism in the Curriculum, 2021 Academic Year, Office of the Provost

General Education Committee (GEC)

  • Attain more diverse representation on the committee
  • Evaluate practices of the GEC for hidden bias, lack of hospitality, etc. and make changes
  • Increase the number of race-related courses that are approved for Diversity credit
  • Post all race-related courses on the General Education site
  • Charge a task force of faculty, staff and students to evaluate current GEC policies, requirements, and practices and provide recommendations for increasing diversity and enhancing educational opportunities for students to learn about racism and practice anti-racism

University Curriculum Committee

  • Attain more diverse representation on the Committee
  • Evaluate practices of the GEC for hidden bias, lack of hospitality, etc. and make changes
  • Support proposed certificate programs involving race-related topics.

Academic Policies

  • Perform an academic policy audit and assess hidden negative impacts on under-represented students
  • Perform a course grade audit to evaluate historical trends in performance based on race, ethnicity, gender, etc. Create a dashboard to monitor impacts.
  • Create a syllabus statement related to Diversity and Inclusion

UF Quest

  • Welcome new proposals for Quest 1, 2, and 3 courses related to race
  • Encourage developing linked Quest 1-4 courses that share themes of race and anti-racism
  • Include in the Quest experience modules aimed at educating students about racism and practice of anti-racism

UF Student Success

  • Continue to shape and garner support for peer tutoring, peer mentoring, and coaching programs with sensitivity to serving all students with care
  • Continue to press torward the vision of a central UF Student Success Center providing holistic support for students and including transitional academic advising core staff with embedded staff from Student Affairs, Financial Affairs, SHCC, CWC, C3, Registrar, etc.
Student Government will join in this effort by organizing programs and speakers across campus, as with yesterday’s ACCENT speaker announcement.

Lead: UF Student Body President/Trustee Trevor Pope

Ongoing: 

  • Anita Hill - ACCENT speaker, Sept. 10
  • Black Lives Matter co-founders - ACCENT speakers, June 25 
The UF Faculty Senate will organize Town Hall meetings and add a standing agenda item as part of their monthly Faculty Senate meetings.

Lead: Dr. Sylvain Doré

Chair, Faculty Senate Update:

Completed

  • Received support from the BOT on a Standing Agenda Item on Diversity in the Faculty Senate
  • Diversity, Race, and the Florida Bookshelf in the Faculty Senate Office
  • Dialogue with the Sheriff, Gainesville PD, and University Police
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training for postdocs with Groundwater at Santa Fe
  • Underserved Communities: Help K-12 children to have high-speed internet and the connecting required equipment (and possibly considering masks for children)

Ongoing

  • September: What are some of the resources available for Black and African American Faculty?
  • Faculty training on diversity, Race, anti-Blackness, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • UF calendar highlighting a tab on diversity and DEI scholarly activities on campus
  • Contacted student body president to invite Isabel Wilkerson to talk about her book, "Caste: The Origins of Discontents" 
  • Track recruitment and retention of historically underrepresented faculty
  • Enroll UF as part of the Harvard COACHE. This would help to compare us one year to the next as well as benchmark us with other institutions, and establishing action plan.
  • Ongoing monthly discussions with Florida State University System Chancellor Marshall Criser and all Faculty Senate Presidents to review the BOG plan
  • Continued discussion about child care (BOT, HR Office, and the Welfare Council)
  • Review with the Welfare Council regarding student evaluations, to assess if underrepresented groups are negatively impacted and how to help counter-balance such a problem
  • Discussion with the Welfare Council regarding the policies and practices and a series of courses about diversity, DEI and about Quest
  • Plan for a survey of activities related to diversity and DEI via the newly established monthly meeting with the College Faculty Councils
  • How to improve the “Faculty Experience” for historically underrepresented faculty and a recruitment strategy (cohort): onboarding, mentoring, support, coaching, training, physical and mental health, exit interviews, etc.
  • Antonio Farias invited to highlight initiatives and resources addressing diversity and DEI for the November Faculty Senate
In UF’s spring semester, we will devote a day to community service and learning as guided by local leaders.

Lead: Office of Government and Community Relations

Campus and community-based team members will promote a campus-wide initiative to devote time, likely over a period of weeks during UF’s spring 2021 semester, to community service and learning.

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