Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Anesthesiology & the College of Medicine

Message from Albert Robinson, III, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology & Assistant Dean, Office of Health Care Excellence, Community and Belonging

Diversity at the University of Florida

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“I ask everyone at UF and throughout the Gator Nation to consider their actions, spheres of influence and how they can personally be a part of positive change…As individuals, and by joining together, we can and must work each day to ensure that every human being is nurtured, cherished, and respected.”

– W. Kent Fuchs, University of Florida President


Marsha McGriff

Marsha McGriff, Ed.D.

Chief Diversity Officer, University of Florida

Marsha McGriff joined the University of Florida in 2021 as its chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president. She oversees university-wide efforts to advance The Big I.D.E.A! – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access. Marsha works closely with a network of Campus Diversity Liaisons, representatives from the leadership teams of each college or business unit, who are advancing I.D.E.A. at the local level.

Office for Health Care Excellence, Community and Belonging

Drs. Parker and Robinson speaking with a med student

Within the UF College of Medicine, the Office of Health Care Excellence, Community and Belonging provides leadership, support and education around minority affairs and inclusion. Their efforts include sponsorship of successful pipeline programs and a minority mentoring program. The office is led by Donna Parker, MD, Associate Dean of Health Care Excellence, Community and Belonging. Our own Albert Robinson, III, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, serves as an Assistant Dean of Health Care Excellence, Community and Belonging. Drs. Parker, Robinson, and the rest of the members of this office have been mentors to countless students and residents.

Anti-Racism at UF

UF’s Anti-Racism Website – The purpose of this site is to keep our community up-to-date on the work taking place at all levels across the university to understand our past, address racism and promote equity.

Diversity at UF Health

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Here at UF Health, diversity refers to all the ways in which people differ and how those differences affect the way we think and act. By managing and valuing diversity, our goal is to create an environment which ensures that all employees and customers are respected and included, that utilizes the full potential of every employee to improve productivity and that is flexible enough to adapt to change.

We recognize that within our workplace, diversity can mean where you fit in the organizational structure and what your role is, as well as where you grew up, where you went to school and where live and worship today. There are also all those aspects that make up the “you” we know as a unique individual.

UF Health has a strong organizational commitment to diversity, with specialized educational efforts and mandatory training programs for all employees and managers.

Diversity Initiatives

Our many initiatives include:

  • Diversity Ambassadors Group
  • Departmental Diversity Teams
  • Diversity Awareness Events
  • Staff-Level Diversity Training Workshops
  • Patient Diversity Training
  • Managing Generational Differences Program
  • “Lunch & Learn” Sessions
  • Cultural Holiday Celebrations
  • Online Diversity Store
  • “Spotlight On Diversity” Newsletter