Office of Equity and Inclusion
Inclusion at the University of West Florida
At the University of West Florida, we seek to welcome and advance talented minds from all walks of life. We strive to make UWF a place where people of all identities, perspectives, and experiences feel welcome, respected, able to present their authentic selves, and empowered to reach their full potential.
We are committed to recruiting, retaining and cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. We believe these values are important to the core mission of what we do. It is imperative that we provide equal opportunity and support for all and, in doing so, make us a better University.
Most colleges and units have their own committees and initiatives that are working to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Guided by our shared understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Office of Equity and Inclusion works closely with the campus community to continue our path to ensuring an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment where every Argonaut can thrive and succeed.
As a scholarly community that encourages diversity of thought as reflected in our broad array of disciplines, we embrace the many things in life that make us unique and different. The University welcomes people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds. We embrace diversity of pedagogy, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and political affiliation. By valuing, celebrating, and leveraging the differences and similarities of our faculty, staff, and students we create an environment that better reflects the needs of our community. Diversity is essential to our ability to survive and thrive.
The concept of equity differs from that of equality by prioritizing fairness over sameness. In this framework, we recognize that we do not all arrive to this community with the same resources, which in turn, creates different experiences and may exacerbate existing inequities. The practice of equity equalizes the playing field. In order to create an equitable campus, we must carefully assess the diverse needs of students, faculty and staff so that we can remove institutional barriers that limit full participation and increase access to resources and networks to help underrepresented groups across our student, faculty, and staff populations achieve their full potential.
We strive to remain active, intentional and consistent in our efforts to create a culture that is equitable, respectful, affirming, and supportive of all UWF members. Every individual is a valuable member of our community and a necessary asset to our mission. For this reason, we embrace differences and strive to make every person feel a sense of belonging at UWF.
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