Social equity can have a huge impact on the social, economic and environmental sustainability of a higher education institution. Because of this, UF has a wide range of critical policies and resources that promote diversity and inclusion at the student, staff and faculty levels.
UF has set goals to ensure that the university reflects the full complement of diversity and that its policies and procedures enforce social equity. The President’s Council on Diversity facilitates the institutional plan to help the UF community embrace diversity and social justice, and the Dean of Students Office hosts the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs. The office seeks to promote awareness, understanding of differences, collaboration between cross-cultural groups, and to foster a sense of mutual respect among all students.
We learn from those whose experiences, beliefs, and perspectives are different from our own, and these opportunities are most accessible in a richly diverse and dynamic intellectual and social environments. Sustainability also encourages collaboration and open communication. Good communication and a sense of community help us foster the relationships and conversations necessary to bring about change for sustainability as well as helping to foster a holistic cultural climate at UF.
UF strives to ensure that all personnel are rewarded with fair wages and benefits. UF minimum wage for TEAMS and OPS employees is currently above the FL minimum wage, and the university seeks to ensure that contractors affiliated with the university also meet or exceed the wage policy established for university employees. Since 2006, the university’s full-time graduate students have been offered health insurance and UF offers domestic partner benefits to employees.