DIVERSITY, equity, AND INCLUSION WE STRIVE TO FOSTER AN OPEN DIALOG ABOUT DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL COMPETENCE SO THAT WE CAN IMPROVE HEALTH EQUITY, PREPARE OUR STUDENTS AND MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT IN OUR STATE, THE NATION AND THE WORLD.
The mission of the committee is to broaden understanding and strengthen attention to diversity and cultural competence and to promote efforts to enhance health equity through teaching, research, and service.
Further, the Committee will take an intersectional approach to continue to build a more inclusive community, including focusing on developing the role of allies and allyship in the College.The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will support the College and the Dean in working with the Departments on diversity, equity, and inclusion-related topics.
The College has established four specific diversity and cultural competence goals:
– Enhance recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty,
– Foster a culture that encourages an open and constructive dialog about cultural differences,
– Actively works to promote anti-racism and anti-discrimination efforts in all parts of the College to foster a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment for all,
– Promote cultural competence, diversity, equity and inclusion across all academic programs.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
The committee was formed in 2012 with the purpose of enhancing and promoting diversity and cultural competence.
The committee has a representative from each department, in addition to students members and staff support.
In 2020, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee developed a comprehensive strategic plan for the College and presented it to the Dean, executive leadership team, and all members of the College.
The University of Florida has a wealth of resources for students, faculty and staff that support a diverse learning and working environment.
The annual Diversity Week began as a day-long celebration of diversity, featuring key speakers and a poster demonstration of diversity-related work being performed by students, faculty and staff. In recent years, it has expanded to include additional days celebrating diversity among students, faculty and staff with student meet-ups to encourage networking as well as faculty and staff mixers. At its core, Diversity Week is an opportunity for members of the college to showcase how we are more similar than we are different.
A free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions.