Global understanding and commitment to diversity is essential for University of Florida graduates to serve the land grant mission of the institution to provide leadership for the state, nation, and world. The Division of Student Affairs strives to increase global and multicultural competency among its students by assisting in inter/cross-cultural dialogue, increasing student exposure to diverse peoples, and offering opportunities for students to become engaged citizens.
We strive to:
- Increasing knowledge, experience, appreciation, and respect of cultures, issues, and local, regional, and global communities.
- Develop intentional opportunities for interaction and integration of information from various perspectives.
- Provide students opportunities to self-reflect and gain a stronger sense of personal values, identity, and cultural history in relation to their student peers.
- Assist student populations in feeling empowered as members of and agents for change in local, regional, and global communities.
- Partner with academic programs to provide curricular and co-curricular education to increase global understanding and appreciation for diversity
- Broadly help students become knowledgeable, active, and engaged members of our global society.
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to assisting students in a process of growth and learning as it relates to global understanding and diversity. Through countless collaborative programs and a range of services in the Division, students have opportunities to be active and more engaged.
Some of these programs include:
- Florida Alternative Breaks – Housed in the Center for Leadership and Service, Florida Alternative Breaks (FAB) is a student-centered service organization that sends out short-term community service trips during academic breaks addressing different social issues to areas within the United States and internationally.
- Gator Global Initiative – Modeled after the Clinton Global Initiative University, the Gator Global Initiative (GGI) is a social justice weekend conference designed to give students the resources, skills, knowledge, and inspiration to tackle public issues and social conditions on a local and global scale. Topics include Education, Global Health, Food and Water Resources, Social Entrepreneurship, and Poverty Alleviation/Global Economy & Finance.
- Gatorship – Organized by Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, Gatorship is designed to be an intense and thought-provoking weekend retreat for both emerging and experienced student leaders at the University of Florida. The focus is to identify current leadership issues in a multicultural society both at the University of Florida and in the community.
- Global Living-Learning Community - Sponsored by the Department of Housing and Residence Education and located in Yulee Hall, this unique community strives to educate leaders for a global community. The goal of the Global Living Learning Community is to help residents become citizens of the world by bringing the world into this community through intercultural awareness, music, art, language, faculty-led discussions, and an introduction to a variety of campus, community, and global resources.
- Projects for Peace – Sponsored by Kathryn Wasserman Davis, an accomplished internationalist and philanthropist, this grant program aims to motivate college students to create and implement plans for building peace in the twenty first century. Students prepare strategic plans to address social inequalities worldwide, and top submissions nationally are granted $10,000 each for implementation the following summer.