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Diversity & Inclusion / Title IX

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works with the College of Central Florida community to establish a culture of continuous reflection and improvement as it relates to diversity, inclusion, equity and justice.
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We believe …

We are best able to learn and grow together when we incorporate our different life experiences, knowledge, expertise, innovations, talents, and identities. ODI collaborates with campus and community partners to create transformative experiences that will empower students, faculty and staff to connect their knowledge and values to their role in helping to create a just global community.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The College of Central Florida stands firmly on principles of justice and equity. We affirm a culture where open dialogue, diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and perspectives are not only encouraged but welcomed. We denounce all acts of racism, hate and violence and we avow our belief in equal access and opportunity for all ̶ students, employees and guests of our institution.

Through a deeper and more personal engagement on the issues of injustice we commit ourselves to restorative practices that support healing, guided by a desire to lift each other up and not tear each other down. We stand as allies with our community to improve educational and workforce opportunities that level the playing field of opportunity and economic security for those who have historically been marginalized.

We know that we are better because of the rich diversity that our students, employees and guests bring to the college and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or disability status.

Approved by the CF District Board of Trustees Sept. 23, 2020.

Dr. Jim Henningsen

Letter from the President

Diversity and inclusion is central to our mission at the College of Central Florida. As our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion avows, we know we are better because of the rich diversity that our students, employees and guests bring to the college. We also recognize that there is more work to be done to address ongoing systemic problems locally and nationally.

I often ask our team to think about how we can use our influence as educators to move forward an agenda focused on healing, not hatred. It starts with owning that injustice of any kind has no place in this world. It also begins with individual commitment to be a part of the solution and a desire to lift each other up, not tear each other down. At CF, we do that by coming to the table with open hearts and minds, with a willingness to listen to the experiences of others, and with the resolve to identify problems and make positive, actionable change.

As an engaged academic community, we are committed to fostering an environment where ideas are freely exchanged and discussed. It is through respectful and meaningful discourse that transformative understanding occurs, which in turn leads to personal and intellectual growth and development.

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Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The committee was established to cultivate a climate that values diversity, equity, inclusion and justice; act as a resource for all collegewide cross-cultural programs; support collegewide diversity, equity, inclusion training initiatives; and develop a diversity plan that is aligned with the College’s strategic plan.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a cross functional team made up of representatives from students, faculty, career and professional staff and administrators.

For more information about the Diversity and Inclusion committee, please contact us at equity@cf.edu.

Diversity Plan

2020-2021 Charge

In August 2020, President Henningsen and Vice President Ramsammy delivered the charge to the committee. Working in collaboration with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion – Title IX Coordinator, the Diversity and Inclusion committee began a structured process to identify strategic goals and objectives for the diversity plan.  The planning process is currently underway with an anticipated completion date of September 2021.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972.  This law protects individuals from discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” 20 U.S.C. § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106

Office for Civil Rights: Title IX and Sex Discrimination

For more information on Title IX, please contact us at equity@cf.edu

View Title IX Training information here.

Supportive Measures for Title IX Complaints

Once a complaint is received by the Title IX Coordinator, they will reach out to the Complainant to meet. During that meeting, the Title IX Coordinator may offer what are known as Supportive Measures. Supportive Measures are actions taken by the college to ensure equal access to its education programs and activities during the process of reporting, investigation, and/or resolution of a complaint. Supportive Measures vary based on student or employee needs at the time.

For more information on Title IX or Supportive Measures, please contact us at equity@cf.edu.

Equity Team

Chief Diversity Officer Jillian Ramsammy
Title IX Coordinator and Equity Officer Mary Ann Begley
Deputy Title IX Officer Jennifer Klepfer
Investigator Carol W. Smith

Hearing Panel Members

Keith Bracey Lois Brauckmuller
Sandra Davis Jennifer Fryns
Dawn Gonsalves Chenita Hart
Christopher Knife Vernon Lawter
Lana Lutz Abraham Mathew
Dewith Mayne Pete Nicely
Mark Paugh Chuck Prince
Saul Reyes Rob Wolf

Advisors

Henri Benlolo Jean Imes
Charles McIntosh

Student Diversity Resources by Department

College of Central Florida is committed to supporting our diverse student population. Below are some resources to help students academically and personally.

 

 

Let’s talk

Dr. Mary Ann Begley serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator. In her work she focuses on the development and implementation of collegewide diversity goals and objectives in collaboration with the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 352-291-4410 or Equity@cf.edu.

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