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. She currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, a position she has held since December 2021. Since arriving at UF, Dr. McGriff has supported UF in winning two national awards for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), and she and her team have led the campus in creating its very first DE&I strategic plan entitled the UF Inclusive Excellence Blueprint, 2023-2026. 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 also led that campus in creating its inaugural 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 the Director of Student Services and Admissions at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. 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 Alabama and her Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
Brigit serves as project manager for the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer. She works on projects to advance inclusive excellence at the University of Florida, including AAAS SEA Change, APLU Aspire IChange, and the Inclusuve Excellence Strategic Engagement project with Dr. Damon Williams among others. 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.
Assistant Director for Diversity Analytics
Farrah is the assistant director for diversity analytics for the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer. Prior to arriving at UF, she helped multiple organizations make transformations by utilizing employment data in strategic decision making. With more than a decade of experience developing progressive policies and procedures aimed toward inclusive excellence, she is excited to engage in the diversity efforts of Gator Nation.
Farrah holds her master’s degree in human resource management from Franklin University. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the local animal shelter, kayaking, video games, cooking, gym time and watching her only child play basketball.
Wilma provides administrative support to the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, including calendar and office management. In addition, she helps coordinate the Campus Diversity Liaison network. Wilma has more than 20 years of service at the university and was formerly an accountant in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. Previously, while working in the Ombuds Office, Wilma managed the daily operations and assisted students and parents with identifying options and strategies for resolving problems and concerns related to the university.
Wilma volunteers her artistic skills and abilities with a local non-profit organization dedicated to children and families. She finds purpose and meaning in this community involvement that supports and improves the social wellbeing of citizens, especially children.