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FAQs for Students

How can I connect with students from backgrounds similar to my own?

There are a number of ways to get connected to students on campus. We recommend checking out the following resources:

Search for specific student interest groups through Gator connect: https://ufl.collegiatelink.net/

The Student Activities Center Database is also a good place to search for organizations: https://www.studentinvolvement.ufl.edu/

 

What resources are available to support students from diverse backgrounds?

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

UF Multicultural & Diversity Affairs (http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/) promotes an inclusive campus community by creating environments in which students learn about themselves and diverse others, engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue, and enhance their leadership and commitment to social justice. 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/)

Additionally, there are recommended college resources for diverse and multicultural students here: http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/diverse-and-multicultural-students/

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

 

How can I request accommodations to support my educational goals?

The best way to request accommodations is to discuss your specific needs with your professors. If your request for accommodations is due to a disability, there are specific instructions available here: https://www.dso.ufl.edu/drc/students/accommodations

 

What do I do if I am facing discrimination?

UF Regulations are in place to address discrimination: 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/

 

B.E.R.T. (Bias Education Response Team) is another resource available to students who have faced discrimination and bias:

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 effect 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/