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Student Affairs Departments and Programs

Campus Life  

Campus Recreation  

Career Services   

Center for Student Media   

Child Development Research Center   

Counseling Center   

Dean of Students  

Disability Resource Center   

English Language Program  

Fraternity and Sorority Life  

Health Promotions  

Housing and Residence Life  

Interfaith Center  

Intercultural Center for Peace  

Intergroup Dialogue  

International Center  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center  

Military and Veteran Resource Center  

Office of Student Affairs  

Parent and Family Programs  

Army ROTC  

Navy ROTC    

Student Affairs Development Office  

Student Conduct   

Student Government  

Student Health Services  

Student Ombudsman  

Student Union  

Taylor Leadership Institute  

University Police Department   

Week of Welcome  

Women’s Center  

Division of Student Affairs

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

The Mission of the Division of Student Affairs is 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 25 Departments and Units providing a generous array of programs, services, and credit and non-credit learning opportunities that complement students' classroom experiences and prepares them for life after college 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.

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 outlets, Spinnakers 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.

Opportunities specifically for graduate students are also offered by a Student Affairs Departments. 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. Career Services assists graduate students with job search skills and strategies, and the Intercultural Center for Peace offers a special summer orientation program for new minority graduate students. 

Information about all of the opportunities offered through Student Affairs departments may be obtained by visiting their web sites. To learn more about Student Affairs offerings that directly intersect with students in their academic progress, please review the following information.

Bette Soldwedel Research Initiative (BSRI)

The BSRI, a Women’s Center program, provides encouragement and support to women members of UNF engaged in research in all disciplines as well as support to women and men engaged in gender research. Students, faculty, and staff are welcomed and encouraged to become involved in research through the BSRI and apply for grant money to support their research.

Career Services

The need for career assistance begins early in students’ college experiences and continues throughout their academic and professional lives. Career Services provides a variety of career services, programs, and resources specifically designed to help our students make a successful transition from academics to the world of work. The department assists students in clarifying career goals, choosing meaningful academic majors, providing cooperative education and internship experiences, exploring graduate study programs, and developing effective job search strategies.

Internships/Cooperative Education Program (free elective)

The Internship/Cooperative Education is a unique educational program in which students integrate classroom study with supervised work experience related to their major field of study. Experiential Learning is a free elective course available in each of the four UNF colleges.

Students desiring a more intensive career exploration experience are encouraged to enroll in Career Services “Career Planning Course”: EDG 2000: A 3-credit-hour course taught by Career Services career counseling staff that guides the student through the career development process.

Child Development Research Center (CDRC)

In addition to on-campus child care, The Child Development Research Center serves the University community as a pre-internship site for its University students (Education majors and others) as well as for students from other colleges and universities within the region. The Center serves as a research site, allowing faculty members from various departments to conduct research which is generally interdisciplinary in nature.

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 (ELP) provides international students and professionals an opportunity to learn English or to improve their proficiency in the English Language. The ELP offers quality instruction with knowledgeable and experienced teachers. The ELP staff and teachers provide a compassionate and caring learning environment to students in order to help them adjust to a new language and culture. The ELP welcomes and invites students to UNF to study English and American culture in sunny, beautiful Northeast Florida.

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 the Promotion, Education and Advancement of Cultures and Ethnicities (ICP)

The Intercultural Center for PEACE offers students, and the University of North Florida (UNF) community, a place to learn about cultural diversity through individual meetings, group discussions, lectures and a wide range of programs and events. The Center promotes an inclusive campus through its programs. ICP provides quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, particularly for students of color. ICP works closely with the African American Student Union, The Asian Students in Alliance and the Latin American Student Organization which are open to all students on campus. 

ICP offers a variety of scholarships and college preparation programs including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship, Special Summer Graduate Program (SSGP), and Quality for the Ultimate Educational Success Today (QUEST). The QUEST program is for first-time in college minority freshmen students. QUEST provides students with skills essential for college success, personalized career exploration counseling, and information about University services and student organizations. The Special Summer Graduate Program for minority graduate students at UNF is an excellent program sponsored by the Center. The objectives of the program are to provide early adjustment to UNF graduate programs, review skills essential for success in graduate school acquire knowledge regarding nonacademic services and relevant organizations and to develop a viable student network.

Intergroup Dialogue

Intergroup Dialogue is a program at UNF that brings together individuals from two or more social identity groups in a facilitated co-learning environment. The program is designed to help students, faculty and staff build the skills and knowledge needed to take part in and to lead multicultural group interactions. Students can participate in Intergroup Dialogue by enrolling in a course open to all undergraduates for elective credit. The Intergroup Dialogue course satisfies selected requirements for the Leadership Certificate and Leadership Minor. The Intergroup Dialogue course is designed to help students build the skills and knowledge needed to take part in and to lead multicultural group interactions. The topics of this course include social identity development; prejudice and stereotyping and their effects on groups; power difference and dominance and the nature of social oppression; and sophisticated group facilitation skills and their applications in multicultural settings.

Particular emphasis is placed on interpreting leadership theory and practice in the context of values, the Social Change theory of leadership development, UNF's six core values, and related processes of values integration. Through values-driven leadership, students can make a difference on campus and in the community.

International Center

The International Center works with both domestic and international students in a variety of ways to internationalize the University. The Center is the central office for domestic (U.S.) students who are looking for an international experience during their college career. The 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 Center recruits students, helps them through the admissions process, provides services and support for their specific needs once on campus, and helps with funding sources (see, for example, the FLAWI section). In addition, the Center is the on-campus source of immigration information to assist international students in maintaining legal status while studying at UNF. Finally the Center oversees the UNF English Language Program (ELP) which provides international students and professionals an opportunity to learn English or to improve their proficiency in the English language before matriculating into the University. 

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 and federal 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.


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. 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 or visit the UNF ROTC website.


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.

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 vision for the Taylor Leadership Institute is to address the very real need of empowering future leaders to take their place in the world with the knowledge, skill set, and leadership vernacular and repertoire to 'hit the ground running' as leaders. A portrait of a graduating leader is one who understands building team processes, comfortably and proactively facilitates group dynamics, thinks globally and acts ethically appreciating the paramount role of making a difference in the world. 

The Leadership Certificate has merged with the Community Leadership Minor, reflected on the academic transcript. The interdisciplinary collaborative programmatic design of the Community Leadership Minor is a partnership with the College of Education and Human Services utilizing leadership electives from all five colleges. Approved by the Academic Program Committee in the Faculty Association, the Community Leadership Academic Minor appears in the Academic Calendar.