Category: Campus Climate

UF administrators and students hold open dialogue on diversity

More than 70 people attended a recent town hall organized to give students an opportunity to share their concerns and solutions to improve the campus climate with President Kent Fuchs and other administrators, including Vice President for Human Resources Jodi Gentry.

A time to give thanks for the Gator Good

While the University of Florida worked to ensure the safety and well-being of our community in the weeks leading up to the National Policy Institute’s event held on the UF campus on Oct. 19, no one could have predicted how events would unfold that day. But as President Fuchs wrote in an Alligator column just hours after the event concluded, “The whole world was watching, and the whole world saw how we responded to a hateful and despicable bully.”

University takes measures to prepare for Richard Spencer event

Keeping the safety and security of the university’s faculty, staff in students foremost in mind, the University of Florida has allowed the National Policy Institute to rent the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. for a speaking event with the institute’s president, white nationalist Richard Spencer.

UF Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives’ new name designed to honor students and their culture

On Aug. 1, the former UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs changed its name to the UF Office of Diversity Initiatives in an effort to remove the oppressive language, false perceptions, and negative interpretations that the word “minority” can bring.

New online training explores multicultural identities and allyship

UF’s Counseling and Wellness Center recently released an online training aimed at expanding understanding of multicultural identities and how to act as an ally for traditionally underrepresented or oppressed groups.

Disability Resource Center working to reframe disability

This past year, the Disability Resource Center took proactive steps to reframe disability at the University of Florida.

UF inclusion and engagement best practices, resources now available online

In an effort to better highlight the University of Florida’s best practices as well as resources relating to inclusion and engagement, the Office of the President’s website now features a new section dedicated to providing news and information on how UF faculty and staff can work together to shape a better UF.

Additional UF Faculty and Staff Climate Initiative action items announced

In February, the UF Faculty and Staff Climate Survey Working Group announced three areas on which it would focus to begin to address responses to the Fall 2015 Faculty-Staff Climate Survey and subsequent discussions held throughout 2016. The action items fell under the categories of Inclusiveness, Professional Advancement and Respect. This spring, a second wave of action items are being introduced to address issues of work-life integration and to provide the university community with examples of best practices to create a more inclusive environment.

UF expands lactation room offerings for nursing mothers

In an effort to better accommodate nursing mothers at UF, the university is expanding its current offering of lactation rooms around campus by adding three new facilities. The new rooms are in the Marston Science Library, the Reitz Union and the UF Law School, and will be open to all UF students, faculty and staff. […]

UF Professor’s exploration of racist and anti-racist ideas wins National Book Award

His self-effacing laugh makes it clear that he has accepted his recent accolades with grace, but the professor of African-American history’s most recent book has catapulted him to new levels of notoriety in academia and beyond. The book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for nonfiction, became a New York Times bestseller, and was called the most ambitious book of 2016 by the Washington Post.

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