Our motto is simple: Diversity Includes All of Us-All the Time.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was established in 1994 to support the University of Central Florida’s 4th strategic goal, “to become more inclusive and diverse.” We strive to make diversity and inclusion visible and critical elements that indelibly permeate the life and values of the UCF community. The office plays an important role in support of the UCF Collective Strategic Impact Plan.
We offer education, training and support services, facilitation of cross-campus collaboration, and enterprise-wide leadership to the campus and our community to build an inclusive culture for all students, faculty and staff. The ODI Workshop program engages thousands annually. The professional development programs engage under-represented faculty, staff and students: Leadership Empowerment Program, CREAR Futuros, and LEGACY. The Hispanic Initiatives effort leads the UCF to excel as a minority-serving institution.
The mission of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is to collaborate with the University of Central Florida community to advocate for and educate about the university’s goal of becoming more diverse and inclusive.
Our vision is to position UCF as a center of excellence that is nationally recognized as a higher education model for our diversity and inclusion practices, policies, and culture.
This data is prepared by UCF’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) on an annual basis. The report encompasses enrollment, gender equity in athletics, and employment as required by the Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA).
This data is from Institutional Knowledge Management and compiles minority student status by undergraduate, graduate, and medical program enrollments from 2007-2016.
This data is a snapshot of facts and figures for UCF diversity, but only provides data related to federally-reported demographics. We anticipate this report will contribute to our overall goal of creating a respect and safe campus environment.
Research data compiled by Ms. Shainna Ali, Graduate Assistant
This report was established to assess and recommend policies, practices, and procedures to improve and ensure an equitable educational, professional, and social environment in which the full participation of racial and ethnic minorities is supported and their contributions are valued.
This report was established to assess and recommend policies, practices, and procedures that improve and ensure an equitable educational, professional, and social environment in which the full participation of women is supported and their contributions of women are valued.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Highlights
- Facilitates collaboration across the UCF campus and community through multiple committees and partnerships.
- Organizes campus-wide engagement events on a broad range of diversity, inclusion and equity topics, including the annual UCF Diversity Week celebrations and events.
- Facilitates over 400 workshops on more than 120 topics annually.
- Leads the UCF Hispanic Initiatives effort.
- Manages professional development and student development programs such as the Leadership Empowerment Program for members of the UCF faculty and staff; the LEGACY Leadership and Mentoring Program for students which focuses on scholarship, identity development, leadership, career development, and community service; CREAR Futuros mentoring program for Latinx students; SEED; and the UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference diversity track on curriculum transformation.
- Engages campus leadership through the president’s and provost’s councils and a multitude of committees.
Diversity Action Grants
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has reinstated the Diversity Activity Grants program to assist organizations and units in sponsoring diversity speakers, programs, and activities in support of the UCF goal “to become more inclusive and diverse.” A limited number of grants will be awarded. Grants will not exceed $250 and are limited to one per organization per academic year.
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The Unity Star Symbol
The symbol of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is the “Unity Star.” This multifaceted, multidimensional image was inspired by the solitary star that appears above the Pegasus, the University of Central Florida’s official symbol that represents the university’s motto, “Reach for the Stars.” The Unity Star is an illustration of the transformative power and enhanced creativity that occurs when organizations fully utilize diverse perspectives. The Unity Star can be presented in various sizes, colors, shadings, and arrangements symbolizing humankind’s many similarities and differences.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works to facilitate campus collaboration and partnerships through a number of committees. ODI seeks advice from its own Faculty Advisory Committee and works with student, faculty and staff associations to promote their efforts to engage and improve campus life.
Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG)
DIWG Mission: In support of the UCF’s goal of becoming more inclusive and diverse, the working group will seek to:
- improve cross-campus communication and collaboration;
- exchange supportive data and strategies for improving culture and recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students;
- discuss policy and procedure for campus diversity and inclusion efforts, training and events;
- cross-promote programs and events; and
- anticipate issues and opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion at UCF
Bias Incident Communications Group
This group meets to share information about bias incidents and support resources and processes at UCF. If you experience discrimination related to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, or disability, you can contact the following to find support:
- Office of Institutional Equity
- UCF Integrity Line
- UCF Police Department
- Just Knights Bias Grievance
- Ombuds Office
- UCF Cares (an umbrella of care-related programs and resources)
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Community Engagement Council (CEC)
The UCF Diversity and Inclusion Community Engagement Council brings community leaders and activists to discussions regarding UCF’s inclusion efforts. The Council members share information about community needs, experience and projects and provide advice to UCF as diversity partners. Information about community events can be found here.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has been recognized for the work and dedication it has put into educating, promoting, and facilitating experiences and methodologies in support of UCF’s goal, To Become More Inclusive and Diverse. These are a few of the accolades we have received over the years:
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
The INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award, open to all colleges and universities across the U.S., measures an institution’s level of achievement and intensity of commitment in regard to broadening diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.
Outstanding Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Associate Member Institution
In recognition of excellence in support of HACU’s mission, University of Central Florida.
Insight into Diversity: National Diversity Champion.
Diversity Champions exemplify an unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout their campus communities, across academic programs, and at the highest administrative levels. Less than 15 colleges and universities across the nation have been selected for this honor. Known for visionary leadership, Diversity Champions are institutions that set the standard for thousands of other campus communities striving for diversity and inclusion. They develop successful strategies and programs, which then serve as models of excellence for other institutions. Diversity Champion schools exceed everyday expectations, often eclipsing their own goals.
Onyx Award for Diversity Excellence
In support of Orlando African Americans.
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
In collaboration with Three21 Creative Marketing for the UCF Rally for Respect Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0VXASESfQ
Commitment to Diversity Award from Minority Access, Inc.:
For UCF’s work that emphasizes that diversity is essential – indispensable – to providing a good education to anyone who expects to live and work in the United States or anyplace where they will work with, buy from, sell to, serve or live with a diverse population.
Institutional Excellence Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), presented to the University of Central Florida.
This award “recognizes institutions like the University of Central Florida who have shown demonstrable progress in promoting and sustaining innovative diversity efforts within their campus community.”
– Dr. Christine Stanley, chair of the association’s Inclusive Excellence Awards Committee
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Presented to the University of Central Florida in recognition of its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion for the year 2012.
October 15, 2012
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award
Presented by Insight Into Diversity
April 15, 2011
Champion for Change.
Received from Seminole State College of Florida
Celebrating Workforce Diversity
Google Award Grant
In support of our mission and goals
Downtown Orlando Partnership, Vision Award
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