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Equity and Diversity

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Mission Statement

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.

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.

Office of Equity and Diversity Welcome Video