Diversity & Inclusion/Title IX
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) works with the entire College of Central Florida community to establish a culture of continuous reflection and improvement as it relates to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice.
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.
I invite you to learn more about the college’s commitment to excellence, engagement and empowerment through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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.
Details about CF Diversity and Inclusion
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Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The committee was established to cultivate a climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion; act as a resource for all collegewide cross-cultural programs; support collegewide diversity, equity and inclusion training initiatives through the Office of Professional Development and Teaching/Learning Engagement Institute; and develop a diversity plan aligned with 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. It includes the following team members:
- Dean, Public Service/Criminal Justice, Co-Chair
- Dean, E-Learning and Academic Services, Co-Chair
- Director, Human Resources
- Associate Vice President for Career and Professional Programs
- Assistant Director of Admissions/International Students
- Director, Marketing, Public and Community Relations
- Director, Student Life
- Director, Diversity and Inclusion
- Director, Student Support Services
- Director, Disability Services
- Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Center – Citrus Campus
- Manager of Instructional Services – Levy Campus
- Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Center – Ocala Campus
- Career and Professional Council Chair and representatives
- Faculty Senate President and representatives
- Student Activities Board Presidents – Marion, Citrus and Levy campuses
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.
In August 2020, President Henningsen and Vice President Ramsammy delivered the charge to the Diversity and Inclusion committee. This included working with the soon to be hired Director of Diversity and Inclusion – Title IX Coordinator to facilitate a planning process to identify strategic goals and objectives for the next five years. The comprehensive plan will include the development of vision and mission statements, input from college constituencies, the creation of an assessment plan to measure progress, and review of policies and procedures with an equity lens. This process is in progress with an anticipated delivery 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
Title IX provides for equal educational opportunities for pregnant and parenting students and employees. It prohibits educational institutions from discriminating against students based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions.
If you have questions about the College’s obligations, or the way Title IX applies to you, please contact the Title IX Coordinator for assistance.
Title IX applies to intercollegiate athletics. The regulations require that if the college or university operates or sponsors an athletic program it must provide equal athletic opportunities for males and females; however, it does not require identical athletics programs for males and females. Title IX requires that the programs receive a comparable level of service, facilities, supplies, scholarships, etc. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) annually examines the total program for male student-athletes and female student-athletes to determine whether each program meets the standards of equal treatment.
Policies and Procedures
Once a complaint is received by the Title IX Coordinator, they will reach out to the Complainant to meet. During that meeting, they will 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 but may include some of the following measures as deemed applicable by the Title IX Coordinator:
Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
- Referral to the Employee Assistance Program
- Referral to the Student Assistance Program
- Referral to community-based service providers
- Student financial aid counseling
- Education to the community or community subgroup(s)
- Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees
- Safety planning
- Providing campus safety escorts
- Providing transportation accommodations
- Implementing contact limitations (no contact orders) between the parties
- Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments
- Trespass, Persona Non Grata (PNG), or Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) orders
- Timely warnings
- Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
- Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
- Any other actions deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator
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.
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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