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 28 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 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. 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. Opportunities also exist for veterans who apply for a Veterans Affairs (VA) Work Study position at the Military and Veterans Resource Center

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, 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. 

Child Development Research Center (CDRC)

In addition to on-campus year round preschool for children 2.5 years old to 5 years old and a Voluntary Pre-kindergarden program, CDRC 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 (ELP) offers English Language learners a course of study in English as a second language by implementing research-based methods to help them adjust to the new language and culture. Faculty and staff of the program work with students to help them achieve their goals in both academic and social settings. The ELP is also dedicated to educating international students about the American system of higher education, preparing students to transition to a university in the United States, and helping them to feel comfortable in American social settings. In addition, the ELP provides an invaluable service to the Jacksonville community by addressing its language-learning needs and educates American students to teach English overseas.

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 University of North Florida Intercultural Center for PEACE (ICP) offers students, and the university community, a place to learn about cultural diversity through individual meetings, group discussions, lectures, and a wide range of programs and events. The ICP is a resource center for different groups and promotes an inclusive campus through its programs. The ICP provides quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, making college more enjoyable for all students but particularly for students of color. 

ICP works closely with other university departments, and student groups such as the African American Student Union (AASU), the Asian Students in Alliance (ASIA) and the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) which are open to all students on campus. The primary function of ICP is both educational and political.

ICP offers a variety of scholarships and college preparation programs including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, 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. ICP helps students of color succeed at UNF. Come visit, all are welcome. The Center is located in building 2 Suite 2100. 

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 larger global community.

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, provides programming to enhance campus life, and helps with funding sources (see, for example, the FLAWI section). 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.


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 presence 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 advanced leadership model draws from innovative leadership theories, advancing creative and adaptive critical thinking from leader-scholars. Harvard's Dr. Ron Heifetz impels leaders to embrace the adaptive challenges that require a new paradigm of creative resolution. What questions prompt the development of original ideas for the 'big ideas' on the global horizon? Individuals have the unique opportunity to look back on both classroom and experiential learning, significantly integrating their leadership repertoire in a forward life direction and significant career evolution. 

The Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor is reflected in the graduate's 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 and approved by the Academic Program Committee and the full Faculty Association.