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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.

Diversity Week 2021

This year’s theme, “Changing the Narrative”, encourages us to explore the many facets of diversity, equity and inclusion and to take intentional action toward building a campus of inclusive excellence.

Event Registration Instructions

  • Faculty, A&P, USPS: Register online at my.ucf.edu > Employee Self Service > Learning & Development > Request Training Enrollment.
  • Students, OPS: Email your name, course title, and course date to diverse@ucf.edu.

Please note that pre-registration is REQUIRED for some events and masks are strongly encouraged for in-person events.

Diversity Week 2021 Events

Celebrate Diversity Week with us! View all Diversity Week 2021 events here or click on the event titles below to read more about the event and for location and registration information.

Highlights

Working toward social change and equity can be stressful. Join us for a gentle journey into deeper relaxation and radical rest.

Join us as Cuban Knights share the impact the Cuban dictatorship has had on them and their families.

Join us virtually, Wednesday, October 20 at 11 a.m., as we examine The Simpsons’ role in perpetuating cultural stereotypes; from Apu Nahasapeemapetilon to Moe Szyslak.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear World Renown Human Rights Lawyer, Haben Girma. She is the first deafblind graduate from Harvard Law and named by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change. Come hear her fascinating story, experiences and thoughts on diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion Impact Awards

The University of Central Florida’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents an award to a student, faculty or staff member, and community partner each year at the Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast. The deserving award recipients exhibit an extensive commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Central Florida.

Diversity and Inclusion Impact Awards Information

Previous Diversity Weeks

Diversity Week 2020

About

2020 marks the 28th UCF Diversity Week. Diversity Week 2020’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!

2020 First Place Design
Charles Tobin, UCF Student (Graphic Design)

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.

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. However, this year due to COVID-19 we had to change things up a bit and our award recipients was announced during the 2020 Diversity Week Kickoff. The deserving party is nominated by a UCF community member and selected by a campus awards committee. Overall contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCF will be considered.

Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients

Dr. Valarie Greene King Career Inclusion Impact Award: Ms. Chantel Carter
Faculty/Staff Diversity Impact Award: Dr. Germayne Graham
Student Diversity Impact Award: Taylor Duffy
Community Partner Diversity Impact Award: ADP

Previous Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast events:

Diversity Breakfast 2018
*Due to COVID-19 ODI was unable to hold a Dr. Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast. However, we made a few tweaks and we were able to hold the Award Ceremony as part of the Kickoff and Keynote.*
Diversity Week Kickoff 2020

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