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Diversity • Equity • Inclusion

At the College of Central Florida diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is central to our vision and mission. Enjoying a culture in which DEI is embedded part of the framework strengthens our learning and work environment, strengthens our partnerships in the community, and promotes success and innovation.
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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.

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“Just because you have a disability doesn’t always mean you’re at a disadvantage…I chose the College of Central Florida because they gave me an environment so I could be successful.”

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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 during the Fall 2021 semester.

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

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, please contact us at equity@cf.edu

View Title IX Training and additional equity information here.

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.

 

 

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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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