LGBTQ+


The University of Central Florida acts on its commitment to an inclusive culture through education, policy, advocacy and intersectional celebratory events through many departments and its colleges. The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) leads this effort for the entire campus community in several ways, including diversity competence certificate programs and facilitation; support of faculty, staff and student organizations; student and professional mentoring programs; advice regarding university policies and practices; and partnerships with our campus and Orlando community services and activists.

 

In particular UCF non-discrimination policies include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and the clear expectation that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and other identities will be respected and protected.

 

The UCF LGBTQ+ community continues to be supported by the UCF Pride Faculty and Staff Association and the LGBTQ+Services in Social Justice and Advocacy. This web resource is intended to provide resources and information to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies and advocates. Topics include event announcements, workshop opportunities and resources to help make our UCF climate welcoming and informed.

 

If your department or group is interested in facilitation or workshops, please contact:

 

Rachel Luce-Hitt
Educational/Training Programs Coordinator
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Rachel.Luce-Hitt@ucf.edu

 

Michael Nunes
Coordinator, Student Affairs
Social Justice and Advocacy

Michael.Nunes@ucf.edu

 

Advisory Council

Justin Andrade, Office of Student Involvement

Edwanna Andrews, Social Justice & Advocacy

David Benjamin, John C. Hitt Library

Hank Lewis, QEP

Rachel Luce-Hitt, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Lindsay Neuberger, Nicolson

Michael Nunes, Social Justice & Advocacy

Jennifer Sandoval, Nicolson

Brandi Stuart, Athletics

Anjella Warnshuis, Political Science

 

Pride Faculty and Staff

PFSA’s mission is to promote an environment which fosters cultural sensibility and enrichment by providing quality programming, networking opportunities, and guidance to UCF’s LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff on all UCF campuses.

 

The vision for PFSA includes being a resource to the UCF administration and we divide our interests into three areas: education, advocacy, and outreach. We invite you to join us in creating a more inclusive campus at UCF by participating in PFSA activities.

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LGBTQ+ Services

UCF’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning/Queer (LGBTQ+) Services aims to connect the diverse student population to opportunities, resources, and each other to achieve the vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable world for LGBTQ+ people and its allies. LGBTQ+ Services is a resource office for LGBTQ+ students, allies, and anyone interested in LGBTQ+ issues. They serve as an entry point for anyone looking for resources relating to sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Being an Ally, Advocate or Accomplice

Ally or Accomplice? The Language of Activism

An ally will engage in activism by standing with an individual or group in a marginalized community.

An accomplice will focus more on dismantling the structures that oppress that individual or group—and such work will be directed by the stakeholders in the marginalized group.”

 

More articles for discussion:

Educational Justice: Which Are You — an Advocate, Ally, or Activist?

 

 

 

 

Stories

Progress for civil rights, equity and compassion are often lead by personal interaction and stories that magnify our shared humanity. This space will share stories from the LGBTQ+ community to promote knowledge and understanding.

Former NFL player Wade Davis spoke as the keynote address for the 2018 UCF Valarie Greene King Diversity Breakfast. Wade is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality.

Click here to see Wade’s TEDx Talk “The Mask of Masculinity”

Click here to watch the 2018 VGK Diversity Breakfast (Wade’s Keynote starts at 33:25)

 

Safe Zone Series

The UCF Safe Zone Series (formerly known as Allies) is a program for UCF students, staff and faculty members interested in showing visual support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning (GLBTQ) persons at the university in an effort to reduce heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia at UCF and to increase LGBTQ+ inclusion by embracing and valuing people of all sexual and gender identities.

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