Division of Student Affairs

Mauricio Gonzalez, Ph.D., Vice President for Student and International Affairs

The Mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to create a supportive, educational, social and recreational environment outside the classroom through co-curricular programs and services that lead to student retention.

The Division of Student Affairs encompasses over 20 departments and units providing a generous array of programs, services, and credit and non-credit learning opportunities that complement students’ classroom experiences and prepare them for a post-college life as engaged citizens. The Division delivers transformational learning opportunities such as: study abroad, student leadership development programs, projects that develop civic responsibility, career identification and preparation programs, and hands-on involvement in campus governance.

Student Affairs departments also provide a wealth of services that can help students outside the classroom to enrich their lives and improve their studies. The Counseling Center, Department of Diversity Initiatives, Disability Resource Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, International Center, LGBT Resource Center, Military and Veterans CenterStudent Health Services, and more have resources to help students meet their personal needs and find their place on campus. Career Services offers assistance in navigating internships and finding employment, while the Office of Campus LifeOsprey ProductionsHealth Promotion, and Campus Recreation provide entertainment and wellness opportunities through the year.

Undergraduate and graduate students wishing to explore or enhance their grasp of various academic majors will also find meaningful non-credit experiences in a number of the Division's departments. For example, Communications, English, and Art and Design majors can hone their skills on the staff of UNF's student media outlet, Spinnaker Media; Accounting majors can serve on Student Government's Budget and Allocations Committee; and students in a variety of majors can find rewarding experiences in the Student Union. Explore the Students Affairs website for more ideas.

Student Affairs departments also offer opportunities specifically for graduate students. For instance, the LGBT Resource Center works with graduate students seeking practicum/internship and volunteer opportunities. The Counseling Center serves as an approved internship site for students completing their graduate training in mental health counseling. The Child Development Center and Health Promotions both offer undergraduate and graduate students opportunities for internships and volunteer work. Opportunities also exist for veterans who apply for a Veterans Affairs (VA) Work Study position at the Military and Veterans Resource Center.

 

Bette Soldwedel Research Initiative (BSRI)

The BSRI, a Women’s Center program, offers research grants to support women and men engaged in gender-focused scholarship. The BSRI also provides a forum for UNF faculty, staff, and students to present gender studies research.

Career Services

Career Services provides a comprehensive, four-year program designed to help students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for career planning success. Upon graduation, employers hire students who are informed, prepared, confident and well-suited to their chosen profession. Career Services is able to support students with taking charge of their career future in order to position themselves as this type of "top" candidate.

Career Professionals are eager to help students throughout the entire career planning process of self-assessment, career exploration, decision-making, and career implementation. Students that want to make a successful transition from academia to the world of work can take advantage of a variety of programs and services including but not limited to; career internships, choosing a major and employability skills workshops, career counseling and assessments, volunteer services, and practice interviews along with resume/cover letter critiques.

Freshmen and Sophomores desiring a more intensive career exploration experience are encouraged to enroll in the Career Services "Career Planning and Professional Success" course: EDG 2000, a 3-credit-hour course taught by Career Services career counseling staff that guides students through the career development process. 

Juniors and Seniors looking to prepare for the world of work are encouraged to enroll in the Career Services "Employability Skills and Career Success" course: SLS 3408, a 3-credit-hour course taught by Career Services staff that helps students plan and implement a comprehensive job search. 

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UNF Preschool

UNF Preschool is a year-round preschool for children 2.5 to 5 years old. The center offers Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and is nationally accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), five-star rated by Guiding Stars of Duval County and the proud recipient of the Gold Seal of Excellence by the Florida Department of Children and Families. In addition to being an on-campus preschool, the center serves the University community as a pre-internship site for its students (Education majors and others) as well as for students from other colleges and universities. The Center also serves as a research site, allowing faculty members and students from various departments to conduct research which is generally interdisciplinary in nature. Additionally, the center provides volunteer opportunities for students and allows them to complete observations and projects for their university classes. 

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) acts as a liaison between students with disabilities and the academic community. A fundamental goal of the DRC is to provide registered students with reasonable accommodations, auxiliary learning aids and information on accessibility. These services give students with disabilities equal access to academic programs.  In addition, the DRC strives to increase awareness of the Rights, Responsibilities, and Resources available at the University of North Florida for students with disabilities. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the DRC provides resources to academic support services necessary for the student’s academic pursuits. The DRC office also provides necessary accommodations during special campus events and meetings, as well as training regarding disability awareness for faculty and staff.

English Language Program (ELP)

The English Language Program is an auxiliary unit operating under the Division of Student Affairs. The Director of the English Language Program reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs. The Director, Assistant Director of Operations and Student Services and Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction guide and monitor the administrative and instructional units of the English Language Program. The program offers English language learners a course of study in English as a second language by implementing research-based methods to help them achieve their goals. ELP is dedicated to assisting students in learning English as a second language, understanding the American system of higher education, preparing our students to transition to a university in the United States, and feeling comfortable in American social settings. The ELP staff and faculty involve international students and the native students into exciting projects and activities on campus. UNF students participate in cultural activities at the ELP, and ELP students bring their diverse culture to the university through the work with the International Center and other departments on campus.

The English Language Program includes several programs: Intensive (Day) English Language Program, Community Evening English Language Program (CEELP), Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program, and various short-term programs. In the Intensive English Language Program, international students study in six different levels, 22 hours a week for 13 weeks every semester including summers. The focus of the program is to prepare the students for the transition to an American university. CEELP is our way to serve the Jacksonville community by providing outstanding education for local community members twice a week for 12 weeks. The students in that program improve their skills for their personal or business needs. In the TEFL program, native students can earn a certificate to teach the English language abroad. These students receive essential instruction and practicum in the program under the supervision of well-trained and seasoned faculty members. Moreover, the program collaborates with other countries and provides competitive short-term language training.

Every semester there are around 150 students from at least 20 different countries speaking at least 12 various languages who contribute to the diversity of the UNF student population. Not only do these students participate in the university events but they also volunteer in the Jacksonville community by learning and educating the native residents about their home countries. They also provide helping hands in various non-profit organizations. The ELP is dedicated to bridging various cultures and expanding the horizons of our community.

Florida/West Africa Institute (FLAWI) 

The Florida-West Africa Linkage Institute (FLAWI), managed by the UNF International Center, was established under Florida Statute 288.8175 to promote academic, cultural, and economic exchanges between the state of Florida and the region of West Africa. This Linkage Institute provides qualified students non-resident tuition waivers, within the limits of the waivers available, to pursue a higher education at state universities and colleges in Florida. Institute tuition exemptions are available to students from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands, Cote D’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

Intercultural Center for Peace (ICP)

The University of North Florida (UNF) Intercultural Center for Peace (ICP) provides programs and support to sustain a diverse University community. Through ICP, UNF is committed to building a diverse campus community to ensure that students and the university community can explore interests, discover new academic and extracurricular pursuits, and learn from each other. ICP plans and implements programs that deal with issues of identities and how those issues impact the ways in which individuals choose to show up in the world each day.

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ICP hosts intellectual educational discussions with speakers and lecturers on campus. Invited speakers include educators, leaders with various points of views, and authors. Topics include local and global issues and hot current topics in higher education.
 
ICP implements programs that foster a deeper appreciation of the importance of understanding the experiences of people from other cultures. The center also develops diversity training programs for other University departments. 

Through the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, ICP administers book presentations, musical performances, poetry, the spoken word, and other performing arts activities.

The Intercultural Center for Peace (ICP) is located in building 2 in Suite 2100.

Intergroup Dialogue

 Intergroup Dialogue (IGD) is a program that brings together individuals from two or more social identity groups in a facilitated collaborative learning environment. As initially developed at the University of Michigan, IGD is often applied to conflicts around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and culture. Related themes include social identity, prejudice and stereotyping, dynamics of difference and power in context of social oppression, advancement of equity, civility, and social justice.


In its application at UNF, IGD operates as a program under the Taylor Leadership Institute and seeks to develop thoughtful global leaders with the knowledge needed to facilitate multicultural group interactions to transform conflict, advance peacemaking, and make the world a better place. The most effective leaders possess a level of awareness, skill, knowledge, and passion to effectively engage others across difference to attain common purposes.

One of the primary components of IGD at UNF is a 3-credit course, LDR 3240, a leadership-specific course open to all upper division students at UNF. The course satisfies an elective requirement for the Leadership Minor. Beyond its engagement with students in the classroom, IGD at UNF is envisioned to be a larger public dialogue process designed to involve diverse constituencies across the university community in addressing difficult and controversial topics that impact the culture and life of the university.

International Center

The International Center works with both domestic and international students in a variety of ways to internationalize the University. The International Center is the central office for domestic (U.S.) students who are looking for an international experience during their college career. The International Center also manages the Student Affairs International Learning Scholarship (SAILS) that can help fund a student's activity overseas. For international students (on F and J visas), the International Center provides services and support for students' specific needs once on campus, such as programming to enhance campus life. In addition, the International Center is the on-campus source of immigration information to assist international students in maintaining legal status while studying at UNF. 

Military and Veterans Resource Center

The Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) provides military and veteran students assistance in navigating admission, enrollment, and financial aid processes. Led by the Director,  the MVRC is the primary campus advocate for military and veteran students and works with them to ensure their unique needs are met by coordinating with offices of various university services such as academic advising, tutoring, counseling, disability resources, veteran programming, benefits information and assistance (financial and medical), as well as facilitating referral to state, federal and city resources and services.  Please see the Center’s link for special programming and other veteran-specific incentives such as priority registration for classes, meal discounts at some athletic venues, red, white and blue Americana graduation cords, veteran-specific internships, scholarships and employment assistance.

Reserve Officers Training Corps at UNF

The United States Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at the University of North Florida (UNF ARMY ROTC) is an educational program of leadership and military skills training that prepares UNF students for officer responsibilities in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Upon completion of the physically and mentally demanding UNF ARMY ROTC program, students are appointed to the rank of Second Lieutenant following graduation from UNF.

Army ROTC

The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of North Florida is a challenging educational program of leadership and military skills training. It prepares UNF students for officer responsibilities in the active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Army ROTC courses fit into most UNF academic programs as electives. The ROTC program is also able to work with the schedules of student-athletes to meld the leadership, teamwork, dedication, and fitness required by UNF’s athletic teams with those same goals in the Army ROTC program. This same flexibility holds for those students involved in highly specialized majors with limited class offerings. These conflicts are handled on a case-by-case basis by the officer in charge. ROTC Cadets normally take one course and one lab per semester right along with their other classes. Freshmen and sophomores begin with the no-obligation basic courses. They receive instruction in leadership and military skills such as physical fitness, land navigation, and first aid. Junior and senior Cadets make up the Advanced Courses. At this stage, cadets make a formal commitment to the Army, receive instruction on leadership principles and advanced military skills, demonstrate those skills at the national Cadet Leader's Course (CLC), and receive a commission as a US Army 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation. UNF Army ROTC offers opportunities for both Active Duty and Reserve scholarships with full tuition/fees (or room and board up to $10,000 per year). Cadets may apply for a 3-year or 2-year Army ROTC Campus-Based Scholarship. Each pays full tuition, $600.00 per year for books, plus a monthly stipend (during the school year) for living expenses.

For a closer look at UNF ARMY ROTC, students should visit the UNF ARMY ROTC Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter@UNFArmyROTC, or visit the UNF ROTC website.

Navy ROTC

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (Division of Naval Science) programs are available to UNF students. This program includes fourteen courses that apply to the 120-credit graduation requirement. The Vice President for Student and International Affairs is the management liaison for this program.

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Student Code of Conduct

When students become a member of the UNF community they subscribe to uphold the values of the University, both in and out of the classroom. The Student Code of Conduct is designed to promote responsible behavior for all students consistent with the welfare of the UNF community. In order to function effectively and to provide a climate in which all members can fulfill their personal, social, and academic obligations, the University has established this Code for defining behavioral rights and responsibilities within this community. The responsibility for the administration of this Code is through the Student Conduct Office and the Division of Student Affairs.

Student Ombudsman

The Office of the Student Ombudsman helps promote students success and retention by providing UNF students with a safe, confidential place to bring questions and concerns about University rules, policies, or procedures, and by assisting students to develop effective working relationships with faculty and staff at the University. The Ombudsman helps students understand and respond to the issues they may encounter at the University by considering all sides of an issue in an impartial and objective way, and helping them develop and implement strategies for problem solving and resolution.

Taylor Leadership Institute

The mission of the Taylor Leadership Institute (TLI) is to advance ethical leadership and character development among our students and across the UNF community. Through educational initiatives, service, civic engagement and research, TLI provides opportunities for students to become effective, ethical and values-based leaders who will be change agents and make a difference in the global community.

In today’s competitive job market, anything students can do to set themselves apart from their peers will help them get noticed by potential employers or graduate schools. One way students are getting that extra edge at UNF is by obtaining the interdisciplinary Leadership Minor, available to every undergraduate in any major. The leadership minor, TLI’s flagship program, is an innovative program that integrates classroom learning with real world leadership practice documented on a student’s Experiential Learning Transcript. The Leadership Minor reflects the tangible symbol and record of the student’s dedicated commitment to the intentional study and practice of leadership.

Other programs offered by the Taylor Leadership Institute include: an annual Student Leadership Summit; the Leadership Speakers Bureau; the annual Taylor Talks that feature select capstone presentations by students graduating with the leadership minor; scholarship resourcing; Intergroup Dialogue, a program that develops leadership skills to facilitate difficult conversations across multi-cultural groups; and sponsorship of UNF’s participation in the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), the most established ongoing study of leadership developing in higher education in North America. Other TLI program outreaches on campus and in the community are planned for the future.

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