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.
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UWF is the proud recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) AwardProud recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
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.