The Office of the CDO works to advance inclusive excellence at the University of Florida through several key strategic initiatives that are uplifting our core value of inclusion.
In 2023, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer launched the Inclusive Excellence Blueprint. This blueprint, a three-year strategic plan, is the outcome of a year-long assessment and planning process that included input from across the institution. Centered around five interconnected guideposts, the blueprint provides a strategic framework that will be deployed at the institutional, college, business unit, and department levels. This blueprint provides common purpose and evidence-based priorities while respecting the networked approach that has successfully advanced inclusive excellence work at the University of Florida.
The Office of the CDO partners with the Office of the Provost as the project lead on two major national initiatives: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) SEA Change and the Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) IChange. Both projects aim to increase the diversity of STEM faculty through a data-driven assessment and action planning process.
The Office of the CDO is a key partner in the Mentoring Matters initiative. This institutional initiative to improve mentoring competencies at the university is an important tool in our efforts to advance inclusive excellence.