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University of Florida

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611
Phone
(352) 392-3261
Email address
freshman@ufl.edu
School Information
"At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities. Rankings like second among Forbes 'Best Value Public Colleges' (2016) and second in Kiplinger’s 'Best Values in Public Colleges' (2015) are a result of UF’s commitment to provide the highest quality education at the best value." The university has a 17:1 student-faculty ratio and offers 24 majors. (Source: https://www.ufl.edu/about/university-facts/) (Source: https://www.ufl.edu/academics/)
General Information
UF has launched a presidential task force to review the naming of campus spaces. Additionally, the university has required its students, faculty, and staff to engage in anti-bias training. Although changes to the UF curriculum were announced, the specific details of these changes are unknown. Additionally, the university is providing faculty with funds to "study racial disparities". See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Students, Faculty, and Staff will be required to engage in anti-bias training.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The 2020-2021 school year was focused on themes surrounding issues of race, inequity, and the black experience. The University stated it will "reevaluate and revise" elements of the University of Florida Curriculum.
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The university hosted the "Racial Equity and Inclusion Workshop" and the "School of Architecture Diversity Workshop" as part of their "Design, Construction and Planning" processes.
Program and Research Funding
  • "The University of Florida is committing nearly $1 million to faculty research projects focused on racial disparities in health care, diversity in professional programs, challenges in developing and teaching an inclusive curriculum, and strategies for creating a more inclusive campus environment."
  • "Researchers, staff, and students from the UF Center for Arts in Medicine launched an online repository to elevate arts-based responses to racism. "The searchable, open-access database allows anyone to explore or submit artwork, articles, projects, organizations, and individuals who are using arts practices to raise awareness, amplify marginalized voices, facilitate dialogue, or promote action and change related to anti-racism."
  • The university is setting aside nearly $1 million to faculty research projects pertaining to "racial disparities in health care, diversity in professional programs, challenges in developing and teaching an inclusive curriculum, and strategies for creating a more inclusive campus environment."
Resources
  • The university's Anthropology Department invited all minority students taking a particular course to a virtual townhall. Caucasian students taking the same course were not invited.
  • On March 11, 2023, the Claremont Institute Center for the American Way of Life published a report titled "Florida Universities: From Woke to Professionalism," which describes many of the diversity, equity, and inclusion programs taking place at UF. Regarding programs from 2020 to present, the report states the following: "DEI efforts on UF’s campus are accelerating. What was once optional has become mandatory. Previous commitments to faculty or student diversity are now accompanied by mandatory reporting to central committees. More diversity classes are added to the general education requirements."
  • On December 16, 2022, the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence of the University of Florida held a forum on “Legislating Anti-Racism in the EU and the US.”
  • It was reported that the University of Florida “spent about $5.3 million, $3.4 million of which was state-funded” on DEI and CRT.
Symbolic Actions
  • A presidential task force will review the naming and possible removal of names from buildings and spaces on campus.
  • University of Florida received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, which “recognizes the efforts made by universities to expand on DEI work across their campuses.”
Last updated February 9th, 2024
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