Diversity Week 2020
UCF: Empowering Equity
October 19-23, 2020
UCF Diversity Week is a celebration of our diverse community and an opportunity to explore topics across the broad range of human identity, experience, and interaction. Diversity Week activities are intended to stimulate our campus and move us to a more inclusive culture.
2020 marks the 28th UCF Diversity Week. This year’s theme, Stronger Together: Unified! Connected! Family! highlights the great words proffered by Martin Luther King. That “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” As a university community we find our strength in each other; especially when we recognize that open and honest communication along with the building of long-lasting relationships lead us to experience our greatest achievements. We do not have the liberty or luxury of ignoring the difficult questions that society places before us. We must deliberately sit down together at the table and ensure that every voice is heard and respected while we address these challenging queries. For as Woodrow T. Wilson said “we cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.” It is important that we also recognize that when we embrace our diversity and embark upon social justice advocacy we open the door to a world of infinite possibilities and together “if everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.” -Askhari Johnson Hodari. We become ONE and are the undeniable orchestrators of the change we want and need to see in the world!
Donate to the Dr. Valarie Greene King Memorial Fund supporting the Leadership Empowerment Program.
Tickets for the Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast on October 19th can be purchased through ODI.
Previous Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast events:
Inclusion Champions Present...
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites individuals who have earned their Inclusion Champion Certification to be an integral part of Diversity Week by presenting workshops on topics related to the Inclusion Champion Framework Categories.
These categories include:
- Diversity Awareness and Appreciation
- Diversity in Academics
- Diversity Leadership
- Prejudice Reduction
- Social Justice
The workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 17th from 9:00am to 5:00pm and will be open to all faculty, staff, and students. The workshops will have an audience of between 15 and 50 participants.
Submissions have closed for the 2019 Diversity Week.
2020 Diversity Week Student Poster Contest
The winning posters reflect a campus that values diversity and inclusion and successfully represents our theme through the power of visual art.
First place is $500.
2019 First Place Design
Rebecca Petersen, UCF Alumni
Submissions are open for the 2020 Diversity Week.
Diversity Week Event and Room Request
If you would like submit an event for Diversity Week, please complete the Diversity Week Program Information and Room Request Form.
Please note that you can also request to book a reservation through our Student Union block if you need a space for your event.
The 2020 Diversity Week Calendar is open for additions.Click here to view the entire calendar!
2020 Diversity and Inclusion Impact Awards
The University of Central Florida Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents an award to one student, faculty/staff and community member each year at the Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast. The deserving party may be nominated by a UCF community member and will be selected by a campus awards committee. Overall contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCF will be considered.
Nominations are open for the 2020 Impact Awards.
Congratulations to the 2019 winners:
Community Partner Award – Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida
Faculty/Staff Award – Dr. Tanya Armstrong
Student Award – Tanisha Joann Rosa Le Bron
To see descriptions and posters from previous Diversity Weeks, visit the Diversity Week Archive page.