Students have the right not to be discriminated against by any agent or organization of the University of Florida for reasons of age, creed, disability, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political or social affiliation, race, religion, or sexual orientation. As a Gator, you have an obligation to take an active role in fostering an appreciation for diversity and sending the message loud and clear that bias-related acts will not be tolerated.
Challenge folks to say what they mean. For example, when someone says “that’s so gay,” you could ask them if they really mean “gay” or if they were using that word to mean “stupid” or “weird.
Engage others in a dialogue about their issues and be willing to share your personal experience in order to help others learn more about something they don’t know much about.
Practice Active Listening - Listen with an open mind and try to listen to the entire message without judging or refuting
Step outside of your comfort zone and attend programs and events that highlight an issue that makes you uncomfortable or a community that you are unfamiliar with
Speak up when you see or hear something that is bias-related.
Report and encourage others to report bias-related incidents
The University of Florida aspires to demonstrate a commitment to integrity, respect, and compassion to strive to maintain an affirming campus climate for all. Please know that there are many UF resources available for anyone in need. Please take advantage of the 7-day-a-week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at UF by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. Lastly, the Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate about related issues, and to provide support by connecting those impacted with the appropriate services and resources. You may submit a bias incident report at www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias.
October brings fall weather and Halloween. If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another. As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community. If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing email@example.com. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575. Lastly, the Bias Education and Response Team at the University of Florida is able to respond to any reported incidents of bias, to educate those that were involved, and to provide support by connecting those that were impacted to the appropriate services and resources. You may submit a bias incident report at www.umatter.ufl.edu/stopbias.Thank you for being mindful of these values, and have a fun and safe Halloween