Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity at the University of Florida

Gator on top of the world statue

“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

Leadership

Antonia Farias

Antonio Farris

Chief Diversity Officer, University of Florida

Antonio Farias joined the University of Florida in 2018 as its first chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president. He oversees university-wide efforts to advance The Big I.D.E.A! – Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access. Antonio 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 Diversity & Health Equity

Drs. Parker and Robinson speaking with a med student

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


Diversity at UF Health

Doctor looking through a microscope

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