FAQs for Faculty

What resources are available to support faculty from diverse backgrounds?

There are many UF and college resources available to support faculty from diverse backgrounds, but a good starting point would be the UF Human Resource Services page on Institutional Equity & Diversity, which can be found here: http://hr.ufl.edu/manager-resources/recruitment-staffing/institutional-equity-diversity/

Additional resources supporting faculty from diverse backgrounds can be found on the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee website: http://diversity.phhp.ufl.edu/diversity-resources/

Faculty can also connect with other UF faculty conducting research in their cultural areas through the Office for Global Research Engagement: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/OGRE/index.html

 

How can I support my students from diverse backgrounds?

Faculty can support students from diverse backgrounds by directing them to the UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs website (http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/), which provides information on inclusive organizations and support resources across campus and within the Gainesville community.

International Students: University of Florida International Center (http://ufic.ufl.edu/)

UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. It provides a wide range of services, educational opportunities, learning, support, outreach, activities and engagement for students. UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs also offers support through the following areas:

Institute of Black Culture (http://ibc.multicultural.ufl.edu/)

Institute of Hispanic Latino Cultures (La Casita) (http://ihlc.multicultural.ufl.edu/)

LGBT Affairs (http://lgbt.multicultural.ufl.edu/)

Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs (http://apia.multicultural.ufl.edu/)

Graduate minority program information is available here: http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/offices/division-of-graduate-student-affairs-dgsa/graduate-minority-programs-ogmp/

International Student Services information can be found here: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/ISS/index.html

If a faculty member feels that a student is in distress, they should contact UF’s U Matter We Care program (http://www.umatter.ufl.edu/), which serves as UF’s umbrella program for UF’s caring culture and provides students in distress with support. The program also coordinates connection to a wide variety of appropriate resources. Faculty can also connect students with the UF Counseling and Wellness Center: http://www.counseling.ufl.edu/cwc/

 Teaching Faculty are encouraged to add the following excerpt into their syllabi:

Inclusive Learning Environment Statement for Syllabi

“We embrace The University of Florida’s Non-Discrimination Policy, which reads, “The University shall actively promote equal opportunity policies and practices conforming to laws against discrimination. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinion or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status as protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.” We are committed to fostering an open and inclusive classroom and laboratory environment in our College, where every student, guest instructor and contributor feels valued. If you have questions or concerns about your rights and responsibilities for inclusive learning environment, please see your instructor or refer to the Office on Multicultural & Diversity Affairs Website: http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/ 

How can I improve my cultural competence?

The College of Public Health and Health Professions and UF as a whole encourages faculty to improve their cultural competence through trainings, organizations, and events.

The PHHP Diversity and Inclusion Committee sponsors a Cultural Competence Workshop that is open to all PHHP faculty, staff, and students. The workshop is announced through the College listserv, but you can also contact your department’s representative to the Diversity Committee for more information.

Each fall the college hosts PHHP Diversity Day and faculty can learn about events around campus through this website: http://diversity.phhp.ufl.edu/diversity-resources/events-2/

The UF Office of Training and Organizational Development also offers courses aimed at creating an inclusive environment on campus. Examples of relevant courses include Gator Allies and Diversity at Work. Check the course schedule for current offerings.

Faculty can also improve their cultural competence by participating in events and programs around campus that pertain to cultural competence and diversity. For example, faculty may attend the annual Equity & Diversity Conference held by UF Human Resource Services, which focuses on equity in employment with a special interest toward ethnic minorities, women, and the workplace.

The UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs office provides a BEAD (Become Educated About Diversity) presentation by request which is designed to celebrate and raise awareness about the multiple identities that comprise each of us and make up the University of Florida. The goal of the workshop is to help attendees think about their various identities and that BEAD can help them become more aware and understanding of the differing perspectives and experiences of those around them. More information on the BEAD Project can be found here: http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/services/bead_project/

The UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs office also provides Gator Allies Training workshops to provide faculty with tools to support LGBT faculty, staff and students. UF MCDA also organizes the University Minority Mentor Program, which allows faculty and staff to support and mentor first-year incoming undergraduate students to enhance their collegiate experience at the University of Florida. More information on these programs can be found on the UF MCDA website: http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/

 How can I support a student who is facing discrimination?

A student who believes that he or she is a victim of discrimination or harassment may contact faculty for support and guidance on next steps. Faculty should direct students to UF’s policy addressing discrimination on campus, which can be found here:

http://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1006.pdf

The University shall actively promote equal opportunity policies and practices conforming to laws against discrimination. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status.

Any employee or student who believes that he or she is a victim of discrimination or harassment, including without limitation sexual harassment as defined above or retaliation for filing a claim of discrimination, may pursue informal resolution of the complaint or may file a formal written complaint in accordance with University of Florida Regulations 1.0063 and 4.012. Employees and students may contact the Director of Institutional Equity and Diversity to seek assistance in informally resolving the complaint or in filing a formal complaint or grievance.

The university encourages informal resolution of complaints.  Should the informal resolution be unsuccessful, you may choose to initiate a formal complaint.  Please contact the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity, 352-273-1778. http://hr.ufl.edu/manager-resources/recruitment-staffing/institutional-equity-diversity/

Additional UF resources that support students facing discrimination include B.E.R.T. (Bias Education Response Team)

The purpose of the Bias Education and Response Team is to provide impacted parties of bias incidents opportunities to be heard and supported; understand and respond to situations that affect the University of Florida; educate and inform the community; and create awareness of ignorance and intolerance. The BERT provides services to witness(es), bystander(s), targeted individual(s), offender(s), or a member(s) of the community. It is not the purpose of the Bias Education and Response Team to investigate, adjudicate, or to take the place of other University of Florida processes or services; rather, the aim is to complement and work with campus entities to connect impacted parties and communities with appropriate support and resources.

Additional information about the Bias Education and Response Team and ways to report bias incidents can be found online at http://www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias

Reference: http://gatortimes.ufl.edu/2015/02/09/stop-bias-at-the-university-of-florida/

Students, faculty, and staff can use the Bias Education and Response Team Incident Reporting Form to report discrimination to B.E.R.T. and/or the University Police Department. This form can be submitted anonymously to provide incident information only or can be used to request additional action and support from B.E.R.T. or UPD. http://www.ufsa.ufl.edu/about/initiatives/bias_education_and_response_team_incident_reporting_form

Who do I contact if I am facing discrimination?

UF’s policy addressing discrimination on campus can be found here: http://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1006.pdf

Faculty who have faced discrimination and/or harassment can find UF Human Resource Services’ procedures on preventing and reporting harassment here: http://hr.ufl.edu/manager-resources/recruitment-staffing/institutional-equity-diversity/resources/harassment/

Another resource for members of the UF community who have encountered discrimination is B.E.R.T. (Bias Education Response Team):

The purpose of the Bias Education and Response Team is to provide impacted parties of bias incidents opportunities to be heard and supported; understand and respond to situations that affect the University of Florida; educate and inform the community; and create awareness of ignorance and intolerance. The BERT provides services to witness(es), bystander(s), targeted individual(s), offender(s), or a member(s) of the community. It is not the purpose of the Bias Education and Response Team to investigate, adjudicate, or to take the place of other University of Florida processes or services; rather, the aim is to complement and work with campus entities to connect impacted parties and communities with appropriate support and resources.

Additional information about the Bias Education and Response Team and ways to report bias incidents can be found online at http://www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias

Reference: http://gatortimes.ufl.edu/2015/02/09/stop-bias-at-the-university-of-florida/

Students, faculty, and staff can use the Bias Education and Response Team Incident Reporting Form to report discrimination to B.E.R.T. and/or the University Police Department. This form can be submitted anonymously to provide incident information only or can be used to request additional action and support from B.E.R.T. or UPD. http://www.ufsa.ufl.edu/about/initiatives/bias_education_and_response_team_incident_reporting_form