Campus Efforts

Academic Units

University-wide planning initiatives for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Agricultural and Life Sciences / IFAS
Committee(s) Department level committees
Strategy / Governance  
Training Department committees are exploring training options some are utlizing the IDI; Nature Coast Bio Station had a workshop on allyship; Wildlife Ecology had an Ally Skills workshop in spring 2020
Recruitment / Retention Nature Coast Bio Station added diversity statement to job postings; plans to recruit URM HS students into undergrad program (Microbio and Cell Science); School of Forestry comprehensive approach to Search and Screen process, developed guidelines to facilitate inclusive search and screen process, focus on student recruitment, for example partnership with HBCUs
Research Applying for NIH K22 for URM postdoc transition to faculty positions (Microbio and Cell Science)
Curriculum  
Climate Survey Several departments are planning climate surveys
Communications Nature Coast bio station created Teams channel for diversity; Water Institute added anti-discrimination statement to webpage; Wildlife Ecology adding DEI webpage to site
Events Town Hall for grad students in Micro Bio and Cell Science; S.H.E. Talks; Water Institute, Distinguished Scholar Seminar lecture by Dr. Karen McNeal whose research focus on understanding best practices to engage diverse audiences in the geosciences (the Geosciences is the least diverse of all STEM disciplines according to NSF).; Wildlife Ecology fall speaker series will include diverse speakers; Women in STEM seminar--Gulf Coast Center; School of Forestry August retreat 2-hour session on DEI
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition Wildlife Ecology adding IDEA efforts for Faculty Activity Report
Community  
Arts
Committee(s) College-wide DEI Committee
Strategy / Governance One pillar of SP = Access, Equity, and Inclusion as Functional Catalysts 
Training Scheduling in process to bring back the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism workshop
Recruitment / Retention Continuing model developed in 2018-19 utlizing provocatuers, meta-narrative and minimum qualifications that include promoting diversity
Research  
Curriculum Working on form that can accompany all requested curricular changes that foregrounds how the change serves Access, Equity and Inclusion, all units will be asked to develop process to review curricula with an eye to AEI; developing interactive theater program to address racial injustice issues
Climate Survey  
Communications Theatre+Dance reviewing Student Handbook
Events Fall 2020 Symposium: Day 1 focus on 2 pandemics, COVID and racism; planned Town Hall in School of Theatre + Dance on racism and anti-racism; Dean Ozuzu has charged each leader to host at least one event around anti-racism in their area
Dean's Message From the Desk of the Dean 
Awards / Recognition  
Community In partnership, submitted proposal to City of Gainesville re Negotiate for occupancy Old Firehouse on Main St. 
Business
Committee(s)  
Strategy / Governance  
Training IDEA training for MBA staff and students planned for fall 2020; discussions about other trainings are ongoing
Recruitment / Retention Business school PhD Project aimed at increasing the representation of URM in business school faculty
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey  
Communications  
Events Series of Listening Sessions with different college constituents to create an informed action plan; seminars planned for AY some in association with P&G
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Dentistry
Committee(s) Inclusion, Diversity, Access, and Equity (IDEA) Workgroup. This group will be comprised of four students (one diversity chair rep per class), four faculty and four staff and the Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy and Inclusion; each Class has a diversity chair
Strategy / Governance  
Training Office of Student Advocay and Inclusion, Financial Aid and and HR received focused training on crisis intervention
Recruitment / Retention Admissions office has strengthened best practices for recruitment of Black students, adding Black student members to the committee and increasing student membership to our Admissions Outreach Ambassadors.  
Research Convened a powerhouse group from HSC to develop a proposal for the racial injustice seed fund- a first year Black pre-health cohort success program.
Curriculum Assistant Dean for Student Advocacy and Inclusion has collaborated with the Office of Academic Affairs to examine best IDEA practices as it relates to the curriculum and the education of our students 
Climate Survey Conducting newly revised survey for students, faculty and staff this fall 
Communications Living document on website: Black Lives Matter in Academia; created cultural bulletins for hallways and on social media; with CTSI working on podcast "Black Voices in Science" (submitting proposal) 
Events Meeting with Black faculty to hear concerns/interests; Dr. Donna Parker presentation to first-year students on implicit bias and microagressions
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Design, Construction and Planning
Committee(s) DCP Diversity Ambassadors; DCP Diversity Committee (meets monthly); Equity Committee formed in School of Architecture
Strategy / Governance IDEA final plan approved fall 2020 
Training Racial Equity and Inclusion Workshop (10/28/2020 and 1/28/2021); School of Architecture Diversity Workshop (9/14/2020)
Recruitment / Retention  
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey Climate Survey for faculty and staff planned for fall 2020
Communications  
Events IDEA Symposium planned for spring 2021
Dean's Message UF DCP Family Stands United 
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Education
Committee(s) Collective for Black Lives and Black Student Advancement; Faculty Policy Council (FPC; the assembly of college faculty)
Strategy / Governance Advancement of Community within the COE: Goal 1: Create an inclusive academic and working environment, in which best practices for addressing social justice, diversity, and anti-racism on behalf of students, staff, and faculty are emphasized. Goal 2: Develop curricular and extra-curricular experiences that delve into the intersections of race, racial history, and the field of education. Goal 3: Promote intercultural competency through community-building, welcoming climate, and culture of respect, transparency, and inclusivity.
Training Offer one or more trainings/workshops focused on supports for minoritized people of color and guidance on allyship during distressed times
Recruitment / Retention  
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey  
Communications  
Events School of Special Education: June 11th: school-wide town hall (Community, empathy, & action);  August 6th: school-wide town hall (What you can do when you don’t know what to do: Being intentional about race within your spheres of influence); August 24th: drop-in syllabi work to diversify representation of scholars and topics 
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Engineering
Committee(s) College level IDEA Committee meets monthly; all departments have departmental level IDEA committees
Strategy / Governance Some departments have modified bylaws to include IDEA language
Training Best Allyship Training, Crucial Conversations and Subtle Acts of Exclusion Training for Deans and Department Chairs; department-level "Safe Space" training/seminar for students; planning training on subtle acts of exclusion at department level
Recruitment / Retention  
Research  
Curriculum IDEA statement for course syllabi 
Climate Survey IDEA climate curvey being devloped 
Communications IDEA is on the agenda of each Dean and Department Chair meetings; IDEA message of importance and resources to all new students; IDEA message at new student event; department level IDEA webpages 
Events Weekly chats with NSBE and Deans; planning for Celebration of Black Contributors to STEM for spring; planning for college-level invited speakers on inclusion in STEM; department level town halls to discuss black experience, BLM, racial climate and diversity environment and challenges in department; department-level invited speakers; First ESSIE Conversations and Engagement Annual Academic Year Event: Theme: Ethics and Values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in Engineering (Dr. D. Prevatt); Women in IoT Workshop; Department-level events for Hispanic Heritage month
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Florida Museum
Committee(s) Two IDEA Committees (one for academic dept and other museum-wide) 
Strategy / Governance  
Training Researching options for staff-wide training 
Recruitment / Retention  
Research  
Curriculum Fund to support students from underrepresented backgrounds (August 2020)  
Climate Survey Climate Survey and report (July/Aug 2020)
Communications  
Events Porchia Moore, Today is a Good Day for Museums to Die, 10/2/20; incorporate social justice messaging into each of our world issue exhibits (current exhibit – climate change and hurricanes; next – COVID-19 impacts on food/landscape gardens); brainstorming exhibit on decolonizing museum collection                   GENERAL IDEA PROGRAMMING: Viva Museum! Cafecito Científico (virtual program, 9/12/20)
Lab Blitz with women scientists in their labs (virtual program, 9/19/20);  Fieldwork Fails storytelling event with women scientists (virtual program, 9/24/20); Big Read Meetup: Lab Girl (virtual programs, 10/13/20, 11/17/20)
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community Summer camps for underserved students in partnership with community (summer 2020) 
Health and Human Performance
Committee(s) HHP Faculty LC, D&I subcommittee; Applied Phy and Kinesiology APK Academics 4 Black Lives Committee; Sports Mgt LC
Strategy / Governance Michelle Smith, assistant dean for inclusion, oversees inclusion, diversity, equity and access programming and resources with support from deans and department chairs
Training Faculty and Staff participation in Crucial Conversations; faculty and staff to complete IDI spring 2021
Recruitment / Retention IDEA training for faculty and staff hiring, begin data tracking re Interfolio; participate in ABRCMS minority student recruitment; participate in UF recruitment fairs fir URM and first-gen students 
Research Proposals regarding racial justice and IDEA have been submitted; details TBA
Curriculum Discussion of new course and or incorporating IDEA and critical race theory / anti-racism into existing courses
Climate Survey IDEA Student Climate Survey rollout 10/5/2020
Communications Updated inclusion webpage and event calendar; content is incorporated into newsletters and social media 
Events Student, Faculty and Staff Racial Justice Town Hall (June 2020); semesterly town halls planned 
Dean's Message HHP and Social Justice email and post
Awards / Recognition The college awards the Wellspring Foundation Student Award to recognize students who have made outstanding contributions toward fostering IDEA in the Gainesville community
Community The college, its students, faculty and staff support programs that include IDEA components, including Aces in Motion, Girls with Nerve, National Biomechanics Day and the School Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP).
International Center
Committee(s) Staff task force for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) launched in Summer 2020
Strategy / Governance  
Training Monthly trainings and  events on IDEA concepts under development. In addition IDEA short activities are included in bi-weekly staff meetings.
Recruitment / Retention  
Research Collaboration on Racial Justice fund grant proposal on Black student experience abroad 
Curriculum Module on inclusive and Stregth-based teaching under development for our faculty development programming on curriculum internationalization 
Climate Survey We administer a climate survey to UF undergraduates every year to measure students' beliefs and attitudes towards other cultures. We also disaggregate the data by gender and ethnicity. 
Communications A monthy newsletter for staff on IDEA events, concepts, readings and resources was launched in August 2020. IDEA is on the agenda of each Dean townhall meeting.  
Events Townhall to address concerns of International students in July 2020. Trainings on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Education Abroad for International Center advisors in July 2020. Upcoming staff training on Social Identity (Cycle of Socialization).  
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition The International Center recognizes outstanding international students every year at the International Student Award ceremony.  
Community  
Journalism
Committee(s)  
Strategy / Governance Proposal to add a staff member to the CJC faculty senate; theme for fall annual retreat was CJC institutional culture--action items generated are in progress; DEI committee will meet separately will dean candidates; Report Your Way system developed to ease fear of retribution for climate complaints 
Training 30 supervisors, faculty and staff will attend Crucial Conversations training 
Recruitment / Retention Grad division initiative to recruit more students of color: completed analysis of admissions, GRE waiver, planning for restructure of admissions; push to formalize mentoring program and ensure there is a diverse / inclusive pool of faculty mentors;  
Research Initiative to support CJC researchers working on diverse research problems and topics 
Curriculum Dean McFarlin charged each department to develop courses or course content that addresses diversity, cultural awareness and internationalization. Telecomm added 3 courses; Advertising: course on multiculturalism; Journalism: D&I statements on syllabi
Climate Survey Climate survey planned for fall 2020
Communications Director of Inclusion and Diversity holds workshops of diversifying reporting content, including for Alligator reporters; she also presents at new faculty orientation
Events Coffee breaks--informal place to share concerns around DEI; several town halls since June
Dean's Message A Time to Stand Strong 
Awards / Recognition  
Community Building connections with Reichert House Youth Academy for at-risk male students in Gainesville community 
Law
Committee(s) Diversty and Community Relations Committee; LGBTQ+ and First-Gen Affinity Groups 
Strategy / Governance Roadmap for Racial Justice; Faculty and Staff Anti-racism Resolution 
Training Mandatory IDEA training for students (as part of Intro to Law for 1L students) 
Recruitment / Retention IDEA training for facutly and staff hiring; outreach efforts for URM students including HCBUs; HBCUs graduates endowed scholarship ($1.1M)
Research Racial Justice Research Assistant Corps
Curriculum Curriculum Committee developing new courses on racial justice
Climate Survey  
Communications Diversity at UF Law webpage developed 
Events Student Town Halls in June and August 2020; Faculty and Staff Town Hall June 2020; Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Summer Webinar Series on Racial Justice (topics include Choke Hold, Mandated courses on race and racism, Law Firms in a Post-Floyd World 
Dean's Message Standing Together Against Tragedy 
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Committee(s) Graduate Student DEI; the ELI established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Focus Group (now a Standing Committee); Psychology has a department level DEI Committee and and a graduate student run Diversity Awareness and Affirmation Committee, DAAC; Psych, Black in Community Support Group; Academic Advising,Inclusion and Equity Working Group
Strategy / Governance  
Training  
Recruitment / Retention Chemistry submitted preproposal to become an ACS Bridge Site (aimed to increase # of URM PhDs in Chem); College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is putting together a working group on transfer admissions, to consider how the college might conduct more effective student outreach and/or partner with state colleges to promote a diverse transfer student population.
Research  
Curriculum Psych DAAC created mentorship program for URM incoming students; • PSY2012 General Psychology committee looking at racist history of teaching of IQ; “Beyond120” program of professional development, experiential learning, and career readiness for CLAS undergraduate students has begun a systematic review of equity and inclusion issues in programming; Academic advising updating for-credit professional development curriculum to explicitly address issues of racism and prejudice
Climate Survey Chemistry Graduate Student DEI Committee conducted climate survey of students; Geological Science climate survey planned for Oct; Psych DAAC conducted climate survey of grad students 
Communications Geological Sci: regular email comm re DEI in Earth Sci
Events
CHPS: Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT, data feminism) in January 2021, Ruha Benjamin (Princeton, racial bias in AI) in Feb 2021, and Sylvester Johnson (Virginia Tech, racial history and cybernetics) in April 2021; October: Event 1, UF Classics and Sunoikisis Digital Classics Consortium:Decolonizing Cultural Heritage through Digital Classics; 
"A Philosophical Forum on Racial Justice”
Dr. Tom Auxter and Dr. Arina Pismenny discuss the roots and the current manifestations of systemic racism exacerbated by the pandemic, reflecting on the Black Lives Matter movement, and ways to combat racism in our own backyards.
October 29, 6pm - 8pm
Dean's Message Racial Justice and the Power of Education 
Awards / Recognition  
Community Alexandra Cenatus, the Humanities Center's Assistant Director for Programming and Public Engagement, received a Florida Humanities Council grant to work with the City of Gainesville Office of Equity and Inclusion to host a 10-part virtual speaker and workshop series that shares the African, Latin American, and Asian diasporas in Gainesville and ongoing issues of food equity and farmworker justice in North Central Florida. 
Libraries
Committee(s) Libraries DEI Committee (meets monthly)
Strategy / Governance  
Training Several employees are taking Crucial Conversations; Inclusive Managers Toolkit pilot--10-week course, DEI librarian and deans; this fall series of trainings for librarians on topics such as Equity and Access in the Age of COVID-19 and Moving Beyond Diversity to Anti-Oppression 
Recruitment / Retention Chemistry submitted preproposal to become an ACS Bridge Site (aimed to increase # of URM PhDs in Chem); College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is putting together a working group on transfer admissions, to consider how the college might conduct more effective student outreach and/or partner with state colleges to promote a diverse transfer student population.
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey  
Communications  
Events
"Practicing Kindness in Crisis (summer 2020); LD/ADHD workplace session (Disability Committee); facilitated discussion on institutional racism at UF - four part series held summer 2020
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Medicine
Committee(s) JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Task Force to assess race and racism in the climate and curriculum of UFCOM; Bias in Assessment Task Force--faculty, administration and students evaluate concerns of racial bias in evaluation of med students
Strategy / Governance  
Training Implicit Bias / microaggression training with various constituents including admisssions, academic status committee, 1st year and 3rd year medical student orientation
Recruitment / Retention  
Research Collaboration on Racial Justice fund grant proposal (HSC CDLs) 
Curriculum  
Climate Survey Survey of incoming 1st year on social equity and sense of belonging; survey of URM faculty, residents and fellows on "Personal Impact of COVID-19"; planned sense of belonging survey for faculty, staff, students and administrators at UF Shands Pediatric Hospital 
Communications  
Events
Pediatric Grand Rounds presentation, "Living Lives as Black Americans: Lessons from Our Very Own Department"; upcoming Neurology Grand Rounds presentation "Improving Care for All Patients: The Role of Mitigating Bias"; ongoing town halls with students, residents, fellows and faculty to address wellbeing
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Medicine, Jacksonville
Committee(s) HSC Jax IDEA Advisory Council and IDEA Champions committees
Strategy / Governance  
Training Implicit Bias / microaggression training with various constituents including admisssions, academic status committee, 1st year and 3rd year medical student orientation
Recruitment / Retention Recruitment efforts for URM students are ongoing
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey  
Communications  
Events
Series of Listen and Learn sessions on Social Unrest held over summer including small discusssion groups, large town hall by senior leadership (340 attendees), department level and for medical students; IDEA faculty development lecture series; Lecture series through Jax Hospital partnership Sept-Dec 2020--topics include Advocating for Your Health (aimed at POC), How Does Race Impact Health, Bias in Healthcare, and Achieving Equity in Healthcare
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Nursing
Committee(s) Steering Committee for Social Justice (launched July 2020)
Strategy / Governance  
Training Incorporate social justice messaging into each of our world issue exhibits (current exhibit – climate change and hurricanes; next – COVID-19 impacts on food/landscape gardens) 
Recruitment / Retention  
Research  
Curriculum EMBRACE program (yearlong research and leadership handson training for URM undergrads--theme for this year "Racial (in) justice in Health"  
Climate Survey  
Communications Created webpage; planning potential campaign on "anti-racism awareness"
Events June: Town Hall with Dean; presentation by Carrone Rush "Candid Conversation about Race"; July: Two town halls with students by Dr. Versie Johnson-Mallard; August: SCSJ led faculty dialogue; September: Convocation featured two Black scholars 
Dean's Message Statement Against Racism 
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Pharmacy
Committee(s) College-wide Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Strategy / Governance With Training and Org Development, created detailed strategic plan focused on three key objectives in the D&I and health equity areas; implementing new DEI structure with a 0.5 FTE Associdate Dean for D&I and Health Equity and campus diversity director for each of COP's three campuses 
Training  
Recruitment / Retention Waived GRE and PCAT score optional to address vulnerable population in the pandemic 
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey Faculty and staff survey on LGBTQ climate and health equirt 
Communications Committee website 
Events Focus groups with Black students, staff and faculty, town halls about how college can improve Black experience in college; book club series 
Dean's Message UF College of Pharmacy Family Stand Together Against Racism and Racial Prejudices 
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Public Health & Health Professions
Committee(s) Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Undergraduate Diversity Caucus; each department also have a DEI Committee
Strategy / Governance July 1, departments presented diversity plans to the Exec. Leadership Committee
Training Department of Occupational Therapy had a retreat on diversity initiatives with presentation on implicat bias 
Recruitment / Retention  
Research  
Curriculum  
Climate Survey  
Communications  
Events June 8 Town Hall on Diversity; June 18 Public Health and Behav Sci Program Town Hall on Diversity; departments committees invite guest speakers for seminars but these are not centrally reported to the dean's office.
Dean's Message Shock, Sorrow, and Social Responsibility
Awards / Recognition  
Community  
Veterinary Medicine
Committee(s) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (includes, administrators, faculty, house officers,
Strategy / Governance 8-point plan adopted by Committee (along with President's 15 point plan)
Training DEI committee took Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History on Coursera (11-hour); registered 18 faculty and staff for Crucial Conversations; skilled facilitator training for DEI committee members
Recruitment / Retention Review of specialist descriptions and seletction for Veterinary Internships and Residency Matching; finalizing UF CVM and Tuskegee MOU; developed a CVM graduate program recruitment strategy; UF CVM and North Carolina A&T MOU;  Vet Start Mentoring Program for URM high school students; Gator Vet Chat mini-series for HS students; Gator Vet Smart UG Program for 1st year students interested in Vet Med 
Research Submitted three proposals for Advancing Racial Justice grant 
Curriculum  
Climate Survey  
Communications "Everyone Has a Story" 5-min video series sent to all Vet Med; diversity dashboard 
Events Celebrations: Hispanic Heritage Month, Pride Weeek and Indigenous People Month; CVM Divesity Retreat (Sept 24 and 25); monthly 5-minute presentation around DEI with 10 minute discussion; separate listening sessions for students, faculty, staff and house officers; Diversity and Inclusion speaker series (Oct. Nov, Jan, March)
Dean's Message  
Awards / Recognition  
Community  

Business Units

Advancement
Committee(s) H.A.N.D. (Helping Advancement Nurture Diversity)
Strategy / Governance H.A.N.D. has a strategic plan with 3 goals 
Training  
Recruitment / Retention  
Climate Survey Conducted diversity and inclusion survey in FY19-20 
Communications  
Events H.A.N.D. committee has monthly events planned for 20-21 including Culture Club movie screenings, podcast listens etc.
Awards / Recognition  
CFO
Committee(s)  
Strategy / Governance  
Training Encouraged all staff to participate in a day of reflection 
Recruitment / Retention Requested participation in the search for a new Director of Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations (SBVDR) 
Curriculum

Coordinating an Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for the Lastinger Center to identify a consultant to help with incorporating social justice into their culture and curriculum

Community Presentation on “Doing Business with UF” at 2020 SBVDR Business Development Workshop; Participated in Gainesville Supplier Diversity Exchange (one on one meetings with potential suppliers); Facilitated providing data on UF’s spend with small/diverse suppliers to B2G for external reporting; 
Events  
Awards / Recognition  
Graduate School
Committee(s)  
Strategy / Governance  
Training Microsoft TEAMS created with resources for Graduate School staff on IDEA; Crucial Conversations Training Fall 2020; Safe Zone Training for Graduate School Staff; Fall 2020 New TA Orientation Keynote Speaker on Inclusion in Curriculum with Dr. CC Suarez 
Recruitment / Retention

Attending virtual graduate fairs focused on recruiting underrepresented graduate students; Hosting virtual graduate school visits for underrepresented students; Strategic outreach to target institutions, working to develop pathways for underrepresented undergraduate students to attend UF for graduate school; 

Programming/Workshops (focused on supporting underrepresented graduate students)

  • Board of Education Summer Fellowship
  • Triple P Program (research opportunities for URM undergraduate students)
  • Writing Workshop
  • Writing Bootcamp
  • Fall Welcome
  • First Year Fellows Orientation
  • Presenting Oral Presentations
  • Wellness & Nutrition Program (collaboration with Rec Sports)
  • Mental Health Workshop (collaboration with CWC)
  • Black Graduate Student/Faculty Mixer • Latino Graduate Student/Faculty Mixer
  • Fall Closing

Funding/Resources

  • McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
  • FAMU Feeder Fellowship
  • McNair Graduate Assistant Program
  • Supplemental Retention Scholarship
  • UF/Santa Fe Faculty Development Project
  • Diversity Enhancement Awards
  • Doctoral Support (Emergency Funding) Misc.
  • Supporting grad student organizations focused on URM identities
  • Collaborating with MCDA to relaunch OUTGRAD Gator
  • GradConnect Program
Climate Survey  
Communications  
Events  
Awards / Recognition

Edward A. Bouchet Honor Society; Graduate Education Diversity Champion Award

Human Resources
Committee(s) UFHR
Strategy / Governance  
Training “Managing Bias” module as a required course for faculty and staff - Everfi Training; Managing Hidden Biases that Affect the Hiring Process October 22, 2020; Gators Together as an ongoing series of courses available to all faculty and staff related to DEI with certification tracks for individual contributors and supervisors; launching series of "racial justice education" webinars and resources for all faculty and staff starting in October of 2020 and running through academic year on topics related to anti-Black racism, conversations on diversity, and bystander intervention; launching series of webinars and resources starting in October 2020 specifically for leaders to help them lead more inclusively; specific training for cabinet and deans, targeting October 2020, related to racial equity and inclusion.
Recruitment / Retention Ensure that recruitment strategies are diverse when sourcing for jobs; provide support to colleges and units to developing strategies for recruiting and hiring for diversity; review language in job descriptions and announcements for potential barriers and inclusiveness  
Climate Survey Engaged in efforts to present inclusive brand image on career websites; Refresh manager toolkits to communicate recruiting strategies and effective hiring practices; review job postings and encourage diversity value statements when communicating job announcements 
Communications  
Events  
Awards / Recognition UF Engaged - Southern Region HR Excellence Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources 
Student Affairs
Committee(s) Student Affairs IDEA Collective; Protest Safety and Event Management team (student support and safety)
Strategy / Governance Student Affairs I.D.E.A. Collective areas of impact for staff 1) Education 2) Organizational Culture and Practice 3) Assessment and Storytelling. Developed staff competencies, definitions. //Multicultural and Diversity Affairs -  Identity-based and culturally-responsive resoruces, education, and community through 1) Academic Success Initiatives 2) Alumni Engagement 3) Assessment  
Training Internal training planned for October with Housing and Res Life; managing student training module with EverFi. Ongoing dialogue and facilitiated discussions on various I.D.E.A. related topics. IDEA symposium each semester focusing on a specific topic (ex. free expression, intersectionality) //MCDA - D&I Workshops and presentations for students. Gatorship social justice education retreat
Recruitment / Retention Including language that amplifies our values and commitment to I.D.E.A. in all job postings and providing consultation to departments around strategic recruitment (in progress). Sharing job postings on outlets that reach diverse candidate pool (Diverse Issues in Higher Education job posting page, social media platforms, NCORE job posting page).
Climate Survey 2015 and 2017 Student Affairs Staff Satisfaction Surveys. 2016 Black Student Affairs Task Force Campus Climate Survey 
Communications ADA compliance - videos captioned. Websites are accessible (screen reader and writing style is at approrpiate grade level). Ensuring diverse representation on marketing materials. Investing in branding of programs that support inclusive campus programming - storytelling.  
Events Long Talk Dialogue Series; Student Affairs IDEA symposium planned for this fall //MCDA - various ongoing programs, services, and initaitives across areas (Black Affairs, Hispanic Latinx Affairs, APIDA, LGBTQ+ Affairs, D&I, UMMP, Gatorship) 
Awards / Recognition MCDA Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony - recognizes students, faculty, staff, and community members in their commitment to inclusion 
University Athletic Association
Committee(s)
  • The Listen, Learn & Act Initiative (employee-focused)
  • Black Student-Athlete Council (student-athlete focused)
 
Strategy / Governance
  • The driving forces behind our efforts here have been, first, enacting the UAA’s strategic purpose of “a championship experience with integrity” by supporting our student-athletes the best we possibly can. Second, we have called upon our core value of respect – we treat each other with fairness, honesty, kindness and civility – to give both a vocabulary and guiding principles to our efforts internally and externally.
  • LLA Initiative Purpose: To provide resources, guidance and companionship on the journey of learning about racial injustice in the USA and to fulfill our role in working toward a more just future as a nation, community, university and workplace.
  • BSAC: Coordinated by Student Development Coordinator Valerie Flournoy under the umbrella of the Hawkins Center (student services/support)
 
Training
  • HR training in development
  • One-off training for employees who deal directly with fans on responding to people unhappy about student-athletes who express their values
Recruitment / Retention

Volunteer-based committees

Climate Survey  
Communications
  • FloridaGators.com/LLA web page
  • Monthly Listen, Learn & Act Email Newsletter to all employees highlighting learning opportunities and ways to take action
  • Video message sent via email to around 200K fans with athletic director Scott Stricklin expressing the UAA’s respect and support of student-athletes who speak out and/or peacefully demonstrate
  • Editorial column on Florida Gators.com by track & field head coach Mike “Mouse” Holloway expressing some of his experiences and feelings as a Black man following George Floyd’s death
  • Public statement from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a joint open letter from all head coaches and Stricklin
  • Supported voter registration with multiple posts from the @FloridaGators Twitter account (317K followers) using the #GatorsVote hashtag, providing direct links to voter registration and video messages from notable Gator greats encouraging
  • In-venue video message from the Black Student-Athlete Council that will play at home events
  • Coverage on social media channels and GatorZone television show of student-athletes participating in a peaceful protest in Gainesville
  • Held a virtual media session with approximately a dozen reporters speaking with men’s basketball student-athlete Scottie Lewis about his activism
 
Events

“A Conversation That Matters” webinar series, which have combined for over 10,000 views to date. 

 
Awards / Recognition  

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