Chief Diversity Officer - University of Florida

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Antonio Farias

Antonio Farias joined the University of Florida in 2018 as its first chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president. He oversees university-wide efforts to advance The Big I.D.E.A! - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access. Antonio works closely with a network of Campus Diversity Liaisons, representatives from the leadership teams of each college or business unit, who are advancing I.D.E.A. at the local level.

Antonio was previously vice president for equity and inclusion at Wesleyan University and, before that, the inaugural chief diversity officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Farias has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master of fine arts from the University of California, Riverside. He worships his daughter, reenergizes through a plant-based diet, runs ultra-marathons to test the limits of WHY, fly fishes to commune with the Divine, and believes failure is the greatest teacher.  He is currently failing to publish his first novel.

Email: antoniofarias@ufl.edu

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Brigit Dermott

Brigit provides administrative support to the chief diversity officer, including calendar and office management. She helps coordinate the Campus Diversity Liaison network and takes on special projects such as producing the Level Up podcast. Brigit has worked at the university since 2011 and was previously administrative coordinator in the College of Public Health and Health Professions' Office of the Dean and executive assistant in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining the university, Brigit worked as an editor in New York City for publishers including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Scribner's. 

Brigit holds a bachelor's degree in government from Cornell University. 

Email: bdermott@ufl.edu

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