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Diversity & Inclusion at UF

A community where we foster acceptance and want you to feel like you belong.

At the University of Florida, we are dedicated to increasing college access and providing opportunities for all students. We celebrate our community of diverse backgrounds and experiences, and offer opportunities for students to expand their learning outside the classroom by participating in programs and institutes that support and promote multicultural learning experiences.


Programs for Enrolled Students

First Generation Success

The term “first-generation” refers to students who are the first in their families to attend college. Our office is here to provide UF first-generation students with opportunities and resources to navigate towards a successful college experience.

FIRST GENERATION SUCCESS

Aspire

Aspire is a student program of the Counseling and Wellness Center focused on inclusiveness and retention in education. The mission of the program is to support the recruitment, retention and time-to-degree graduation of students from underrepresented groups at the University of Florida through a focus on social justice and mentorship.

ASPIRE

Office of Academic Support (OAS)

The Office of Academic Support for Undergraduate Affairs offers programs to make students’ transition to UF as smooth as possible. CONNECT is a summer transition orientation program that acclimates students to the expectations and culture of UF. The program also introduces incoming students to support services and resources to enhance their first-year experience.

OAS

University Multicultural Mentoring Program (UMMP)

UMMP supports first-year students in their transition to the University of Florida campus community by pairing them with a faculty/staff mentor. Applications are available online during the summer term.

UMMP

Successful Transition through Enhanced Preparation for Undergraduate Programs (STEP-UP)

The STEP-UP Program is designed to promote academic and personal success among UF freshman engineering students. The program is for all first-year engineering students, with a particular focus on underrepresented populations, and has two major components: a six-week summer residential program, and an eight-month non-residential program.

STEP-UP

Pledging to Advance Academic Capacity Together (PAACT)

PAACT is an orientation program hosted by Black Affairs that focuses on the successful transition of incoming Black first-year students. The program’s emphasis is on academic success, community building, personal and professional development, and networking with peers, faculty, staff and alumni.

PAACT

ADVOCACY PROGRAMS

Multicultural & Diversity Affairs (MCDA)

MCDA educates, empowers and mobilizes students, campus and community partners. MCDA's goal is to create cutting-edge programs and opportunities in the areas of multicultural education, self-awareness, advocacy, intercultural understanding and social justice with a commitment toward creating an inclusive, affirming and just campus community.

MCDA

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs (APIDA)

APIDA promotes a more critical understanding of APIDA issues and identity, while advocating for the needs of the APIDA community by focusing on leadership development and educational dialogue.

APIDA

Black Affairs

Black Affairs creates, sustains, promotes and affirms Black scholarship, culture, history and leadership through an array of educational, cultural and social programs focused on the Black experience at UF, in the United States and across the African diaspora.

BLACK AFFAIRS

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works with more than 4,500 Gators with disabilities. The center collaborates with campus partners to facilitate access for students with disabilities through providing accessibility consulting, academic accommodations and education on disability inclusion.

DRC

Hispanic-Latino Affairs

Hispanic-Latino Affairs supports, empowers and advances the Hispanic-Latino/a community at UF. By offering culturally and historically relevant programming and initiatives, as well as spaces that welcome all forms of Latinidad and the broader community, HLA educates and forges solidarity between the Hispanic-Latino/a community and its allies.

HISPANIC-LATINO AFFAIRS

LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Affairs strives to provide an affirming and welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ identified students. We work to empower LGBTQ+ student leaders and ambassadors as change agents on campus and in the community.

LGBTQ+
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CULTURAL STUDENT GROUPS

With more than 1,000 student organizations at UF, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest!

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Cultural Houses & Institutes

Directly across the Street from UF's main campus stands two vibrant buildings that house the Institute of Black Culture (IBC) and the Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures (La Casita). Rebuilt in the fall of 2019, the LEED-certified buildings offer lounges and study areas for students as well as staff offices and event spaces.

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