FAQs for Staff

How can I support students and faculty from diverse backgrounds?

Staff members play a very important role in making the college a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and faculty from all backgrounds and perspectives. Many times the first person that a newcomer to the college will meet is a member of the PHHP staff, and it is important that staff have the resources they need to make all students and faculty feel welcome and supported.

  1. Learn about UF resources that support a diverse student body and faculty. You can learn about UF resources here: http://diversity.phhp.ufl.edu/diversity-resources/
  2. Improve your personal cultural competence. Please see below for resources that can help you improve your cultural competence.
  3. Embrace your important role as an ambassador for the College and become a champion for inclusion.

How can I improve my cultural competence?

Both UF and the College of Public Health and Health Professions offer trainings that are specifically targeted to helping you improve your cultural competence. 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.

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.

You can also improve your cultural competence by attending events and talks in the college and around campus that pertain to cultural competence and diversity. Each fall the college hosts PHHP Diversity Day and you can learn about events around campus through the homepage of this website: http://diversity.phhp.ufl.edu/


Who do I contact if I am facing discrimination?

UF has a clear policy in place to address discrimination on campus: 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/

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 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/