CDO Staff

Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President

Dr. Marsha McGriff has more than two decades of experience in developing and leading strategic efforts to build and support diversity and inclusion in higher education. Prior to her arrival at UF, she served as the associate vice president for inclusive excellence at Ball State University, in Muncie, IN, where she led the campus in creating its first inclusive excellence strategic plan. Previously, Dr. McGriff spent nearly 20 years at Indiana University serving in various roles. She was the director of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs and she served as director of student services and admissions at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. McGriff received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tuskegee University in AL and her Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.

 Email: mmcgriff1@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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