Category: Spotlight

Exhibition featuring 31 Latin American artists debuts at UF

A new exhibition at UF features the U.S. debut of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Collection that includes works by 31 Latin American artists.

Bridging the gap between UF and Spanish-speaking communities throughout Florida

Since 2010, the population of Hispanics in Florida experienced one of the biggest population increases at over 1.4 million. This dramatic growth created the need for programs that can adequately and inclusively serve this population.

In 2017, a group of UF/IFAS Extension agents seeking to address this issue created the Coalition of Florida Extension Educators for Latino Communities, or CAFE Latino; a grassroots organization with the goal to create science-based educational materials for the benefit of Spanish-speaking communities.

Washing Away History panel discussions

The Resilience: Black Heritage in St. Augustine project is a year-long celebration of the history and culture of Black Americans living and working in St. Augustine.

Aid-a-Gator provides a lifeline to employees in need

Aid-a-Gator is an emergency relief fund for UF employees experiencing financial hardship. Funds are not meant to replace income, but to provide needed assistance in a crisis. Over the past four years, the program has expanded beyond hurricane relief, assisting over 400 employees as they weather hardships such as sudden illness, family crisis or natural disasters.

Any UF employee, including graduate assistants, can apply for emergency relief through Aid-a-Gator; and applicants can receive a maximum of $1,500 per calendar year. A committee of staff and faculty work alongside the UFHR Benefits team to review each application and a decision is usually made within the month.

Florida Women’s Athletics celebrates 50 years

Florida women’s athletics have long been a source of pride for UF, with the competitions of more than 2,700 female student-athletes claiming 165 national or conference championships.

Claiming a space for community with the Latinx Staff & Faculty Association

What does it take to create a community of belonging and inclusion? In the fall of 2016 — when racial tensions flared up around the presidential elections — several Latinx staff and faculty came together to envision what would ultimately become the UF Latinx Staff & Faculty Association. 

From the outset, the association has sought to create a community for all UF employees that identify as Hispanic/Latino. This space has proven to be integral for many who previously felt isolated. 

Dr. Joseph Munson shares resources to help prevent suicide

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and in our latest Wellness Talk, Dr. Joseph Munson discussed warning signs and the resources available for those who may need help.

Normal Fixel Institute to expand as part of $75 million initiative

A new $25 million gift from the Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation will contribute to the expansion of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health.

UFHR welcomes new director of employee relations and engagement

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Robert Cancellieri, JD, recently joined UFHR as its new director of employee relations and engagement, and last fall, former Employee Relations Director Brook Mercier was promoted to UFHR’s assistant vice president for human resources.

UF Health academic hub aims to advance AI in the health sciences

As part of UF’s Artificial Intelligence, or AI, initiative, UF Health is creating an academic hub to advance AI in the health sciences, grounded in the values of community, trustworthiness, diversity, equity and inclusion. To advance this goal, UF Health is seeking faculty to join the university’s growing community of researchers and clinicians developing and applying AI methods in health care delivery, biomedical discovery, and public and population health. 

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