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.
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
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 Center, Student 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 Life, Osprey Productions, the Student Union and Recreation and Wellness 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. UNF Preschool and Recreation
and Wellness 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.
The University of North Florida decentralized its career development
services forming new career centers within each of the five UNF Colleges while
maintaining the central Career Services.
Career Services serves students who are exploring, deciding, or changing
majors. Career Services also oversees Volunteer Services which helps students
connect with volunteer opportunities. The five College Career Centers serve
students who have declared a major and need help preparing for the world of
Services provides individualized career counseling, assessments, and career
development services and programs 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 Services Professionals are eager to
help students throughout the entire career planning process of self-assessment,
career exploration, and decision-making.
that want to make a successful transition from academia to the world of work
can take advantage of a variety of programs and services offered by their
college career centers including but not limited to; career internships, employability
skills workshops, resume/cover letter critiques, practice interviews, on-campus
recruiting programs, and job fairs.
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
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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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
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
English Language Program is an auxiliary unit operating under the Division of
Student Affairs. The Director of the English Language Program reports to the Senior
Director of the Center of International Education. 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
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
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.
The Intercultural Center for Peace (ICP) supports the
diverse needs of students by fostering a supportive environment that enhances
personal growth and enriches students’ collegiate experiences. Programs and services provided by ICP promote
harmony, a deeper understanding and appreciation
of all cultures, races and ethnicities.
In additional to educational programming, ICP sponsors
Connections Mentoring Program that pairs first year underrepresented students
with faculty and staff mentors to assist them in their first year at UNF.
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.
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.
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, veteran discounts, red, white and blue
Americana graduation cords, veteran-specific internships, scholarships and
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. 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.
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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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.
Office of the Student Ombuds 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 Ombuds 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.
The mission of the
Taylor Leadership Institute (TLI) is to
develop and promote global ethical leadership and character among our students
and the UNF community through education, service, civic engagement and
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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.
TLI also offers student support programs and
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; Campus & Community
Outreach, providing opportunities for
students to practice leadership through professional experiences, mentorships,
internships, and community engagement; Intergroup Dialogue, a
program that develops leadership skills to facilitate difficult conversations
across multi-cultural groups, and TLI has 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.
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