HISTORY, SYMBOLISM AND DEMONSTRATING BEHAVIORS CONSISTENT WITH OUR VALUES
A rigorous examination of the past is critical to future action.
- A presidential task force will document the history of UF in relationship to race and ethnicity, particularly African-Americans and Native Americans.
Lead: Executive Chief of Staff Win Phillips
- Student, staff and faculty members of the task force have been confirmed. First meeting tentatively scheduled for late October.
- Taskforce members:
- Wall mural recognizing the history of African-Americans at the University of Florida at the Reitz Union's Grand Ballroom grand hallway has been approved.
- In Progress: Completion estimated to be Spring 2021
- A second presidential task force will review and recommend values, principles and reasons for establishing and maintaining honorary namings, both historic and current. The task force will further recommend a process for individuals associated with UF to be identified and considered for (cont.)
...future honorary namings in accordance with current values and principles, and may suggest individuals for future consideration.
Lead: Vice President Amy Hass
- Student, staff, faculty and alumni members of the task force have been confirmed. First meeting tentatively scheduled for November.
- Taskforce members:
Interim Assistant Vice President
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
UF Student, UF Alumna
President, UF Black Alumni Association
Amy Hass - Lead
Vice President and General Counsel
Vice Chair, Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs
Former Chair, University of Florida Foundation
Former President, UF Alumni Association (1998-99)
Former President, UF College of Law Alumni Council
Member, Council of Advisors, Bob Graham Center for Public Policy
Department of History
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Vice President for Business Affairs
Dean of University Libraries
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Student, Levin College of Law
Chief Operating Officer / Sr. Associate Vice President
Executive Associate Athletics Director for Administration
UF Athletic Association
Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Carl Van Ness
University Historian / Florida Political Papers Archivist
George A. Smathers Libraries
- UF will remove monuments or namings that UF controls that celebrate the Confederacy or its leaders.
The monument in St. Augustine to Gen. William Loring was moved to private property on August 24, 2020, and Gen. Loring’s remains are being handled in accordance with the wishes of his descendants.
- Although there is no evidence of racism associated with our “Gator Bait” cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase.
The University Athletic Association and the Gator marching band have discontinued the use of the cheer.