Diversity Week

2017: Transform and Inspire Inclusion
25 Years of UCF Diversity Week

October 16 – 20, 2017

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.

Donate to the Dr. Valarie Greene King Memorial Fund supporting the Leadership Empowerment Program.

2017 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.

Alicia Munroe, senior, Emerging Media – Web Design

View a gallery of this year's entries here. View a gallery of this year's entries here.

Diversity Week Calendar

Join us for some awesome events!

Click here to view the entire calendar! Click here to view the entire calendar!

2017 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.

2016: Empowering Diverse Voices in Our Democracy

October 17- 21, 2016

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.
It’s a national election year, and the UCF Diversity Week will seek to engage our campus community on the impact of political debate and government structure on diverse individuals and groups. Our theme, “Empowering Diverse Voices in Our Democracy,” emphasizes that we all must contribute to making our society fair and just.

2016 Diversity Week Calendar

Keynote Speaker: Ray Suarez

Ray Suarez - Photo (High Res HEADSHOT 2012)

For four decades, Ray Suarez has covered stories around the country and across the world, building a career through a time of tumultuous change within the news business itself. After 20 years in public broadcasting with NPR and PBS, including as host of NPR’s midday news program, Talk of the Nation, and as chief national correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, Suarez most recently hosted Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story.


His combination of experience and deep curiosity has given Suarez expertise on a range of issues driving the changes in American life, including race, immigration, and demographic change, urban America’s prospects and problems, political dysfunction in Washington, global health, and the intertwining of religion and electoral politics in America and around the world.


Suarez is the author of three critically-acclaimed books, Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, and The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration. His writing has appeared in other books on a wide range of topics, including Latino assimilation, urbanist Jane Jacobs, community activism and the history of his hometown of Brooklyn.

Suarez has been recognized with various honors for his work, including as co-recipient of two DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton awards, for coverage of the 1994 South African elections, and the Gingrich Revolutions and the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. His coverage of urban America earned him a Public Policy Leadership Award from UCLA’s School of Public Policy.

He engages audiences, even on difficult and complex topics, with a warm and accessible style. His presentations are passionate, quick-witted, and establish a strong connection to his listeners.

Diversity Week Poster Gallery

Diversity Week Poster

2016 Diversity Week Poster Design
Branden Akens


Shazia Yusufali, First Place Student Poster Design



2015 Diversity Week Poster Design
Shazia Yusufali, UCF Senior



Browse through the images of the Diversity Week Posters over the years: 

Diversity Week posters 1996-2015

Engaging, Exploring and Advancing an Inclusive Culture


October 12 – 16

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Diversity Breakfast on October 12, thanks to you the UCF Knights Pantry was stocked with 825 lbs. of food. Thank you to all of you who shared an event during the week, we look forward to collaborating with all of you soon. And to our friends at the UCF Regional Campuses, for their amazing work in capturing the Diversity Breakfast on Adobe Connect so we can continue to share with everyone via the magic of the internet.

Click to view the 2015 Diversity Breakfast online. 


2015 Calendar of Events


2015 Diversity Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Sonia Manzano

For over 30 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as “Maria” on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television.


Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage and in the educational realm. The author of multiple books, she will release two new ones in Fall 2015, her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (Scholastic), and Miracle of 133rd Street (Simon & Schuster). Her awards include: 15 Emmys as part of the Sesame Street writing team; the 2013 Pura Belpré Award; the 2003 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award; and the 2003 Hispanic Heritage Award for Education.


Her favorite speaking topics are Latinos and the Civil Rights Movement; from the South Bronx to Sesame Street (A Puerto Rican Story); writing for children; and children and television.


Learn more about Sonia Manzano by visiting her website, SoniaManzano.com.


For Diversity Breakfast reservations and detailed Diversity Week information, please contact Katie.Pomp@ucf.edu or (407) 823-6740.