The Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of West Florida supports a culture of inclusive excellence on campus and in our greater community by providing educational and personal support through sustainable programming, training opportunities, and awareness initiatives.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of West Florida
At the University of West Florida, we define equal opportunity as non-discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. We define diversity as the various attributes we each possess based on characteristics from birth, the experience we have had, and the decisions we have made. We define inclusion as acknowledging and leveraging diversity by creating an environment where students, faculty, and staff feel accepted and valued. We celebrate the unique characteristics of each member of our community as well as the commonalities we share. As an educational institution, we recognize the considerable benefits emanating from the diverse human mosaic that is our university. It is our vision to be an intellectual and cultural center that engages our students, faculty, staff and community partners in an ongoing and dynamic process that prepares each of us to be culturally competent in an ever-changing multicultural world.
CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS:
The University of West Florida's President’s Award for Leadership in Diversity recognizes the accomplishments of one faculty, staff, and student that contributes to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership. Recipients should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, community outreach activities, or other initiatives.
Individuals are honored in the following categories:
- President's Award for Leadership in Diversity - Faculty
- President’s Award for Leadership in Diversity - Staff
- President’s Award for Leadership in Diversity - Student
- Community Voice Award - must be a member of the communication industry within Escambia or Santa Rosa counties
- Servant Leader Award - must be an elected official of Escambia or Santa Rosa counties
- Faith And Service Award - must be a member or leader of a faith based organization
- Education Leadership Award - must work or be affiliated with the local or state education system
- Community Service Award – honors a nonprofit organization
- Helping Hand Award – honors a leader in the community
- UWF Alumni Trailblazer Award - must also be an Alumni of UWF that has introduced a positive initiative or program that benefits the members of the UWF Community
- Trailblazer Award - must be a resident of Escambia or Santa Rosa counties that has introduced a new positive initiative or program that benefits the members of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties
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Cross-Cultural Competency Online Course
Cross-Cultural Competency is a free, open online course developed by the UWF Innovation Institute in partnership with Dr. Kim Le Duff, UWF’s Chief Diversity Officer and VP of Academic Engagement. The course is structured around the concepts of Awareness, Acceptance, and Respect and includes five modules
- Global Village
- Gender & Sexuality
- Religious Diversity
This course takes a conversational approach to sometimes sensitive subjects and aims to help participants understand and respect one another as well as be able to function in diverse environments encountered in the workplace, in the classroom, or in social settings.
Cross-Cultural Competency is video based and enrollment is easy. The total time commitment is roughly 12-15 hours (and you can work at your own pace; there is no start or end date). Currently, this course is not for credit but it may be offered for credit in the future.