With the consistent and rapid rise in Hispanic/Latino student enrollment and expected 2018 federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution come opportunities for UCF to excel as partners with this community and leaders in higher education for Latino/Hispanic faculty, students and staff.

To facilitate those opportunities, President John C. Hitt has charged the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion with leading this campus-wide effort and has created a new position— Assistant Director for Hispanic Serving Initiatives– who will lead UCF’s Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Cyndia Morales Muñiz will assume this role as of December 1.

In her most recent position as assistant director of multicultural academic support, she was responsible for providing academic support and professional development opportunities to UCF’s Multicultural and first-generation student populations. In addition, she helped create and has served as president of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association, supporting the professional goals and projects of Latino faculty and staff at UCF.

Dr. Muñiz has been instrumental in developing and strengthening opportunities to support UCF’s Latino student body- Taking part in 2 national projects in partnership with Excelencia in Education focused on engagement and completion.

In her new role as Assistant Director of Hispanic Serving Initiatives, Muñiz will:

  • Serve as Chair of the UCF HSI Task Force and chief liaison between the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Development and Enrollment Services, academic colleges and the Central Florida community on these issues.
  • Work with UCF leadership to develop a long-term, comprehensive plan to compete for HSI funding in 2019.

Additionally, she will coordinate the UCF Leadership Empowerment Program for faculty/staff and the LEGACY and CREAR Futuros Mentoring programs for students.

Muñiz holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership- Higher Education. Her work at UCF and in the Central Florida community has received national recognition, including the 2016 Top Latino Leader Award from the Council of Latino Workplace Equity and the 2018 College Board Professional Fellowship.