Diversity and Inclusion
COAS Statement Condemning Racism
We are heartbroken by the senseless deaths of George Floyd and many others. We mourn the deep pain and division in our country. We condemn racism, for as Dr. Martin Luther King warned, "If we as a society fail, I fear we will learn very shortly that racism is a sickness unto death."
We oppose violence in language or in action as threats to UNF's mission as a public university. We stand with and for those who are the most vulnerable members of our community. We affirm UNF's unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse, supportive culture. We seek to embody the ideals of a free and democratic society. We fully value each member of our community.
As a college, we will
- increase the demographic diversity of our faculty, staff, and students in a way that reflects and then goes beyond the diversity of UNF's service area.
- provide financial support to the underrepresented members of our community.
- revise our curriculum to emphasize ongoing, empathetic, and reflective dialog.
We encourage students, faculty, and staff to take advantage of resources listed below.
UNF Support Resources:
Non-UNF Support Resources:
If you are aware of other resources, we would love to hear about them. Please email links to Lev Gasparov.
COAS Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Plan
The COAS Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Plan (Document has been removed pending ADA certification. In the meantime, a copy is available by emailing Lev Gasparov) is the first document of a planned set of three documents that will address diversity and inclusion within the context of the COAS faculty, staff, and the students. The focus of this document is on the COAS faculty.
Statement of Unity
The UNF College of Arts and Sciences affirms our commitment to the values and ideas expressed in the following UNF Statement of Unity, which was passed as a resolution of the UNF Faculty Association on March 2, 2017.
UNF stands in unity and solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or country of origin. We are proud of the diversity in our students, faculty and staff. We strongly condemn acts of hate and bigotry as antithetical to the university's core values of mutual respect and civility. Actions and words that seek to deny human beings full membership in the broader moral community on the basis of arbitrary characteristics are intolerable. We stand opposed to violence in language or in action, and we see these as a threat to the mission of UNF as a public university that is committed to intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness. We pledge to stand with and for those who are the most vulnerable members of our community and to take actions that help our students and fellow employees feel safe and know that they are safe. We affirm UNF's unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse, supportive campus culture. We seek to embody the ideals of a free and democratic society, and we fully support and value each member of our community.
The UNF College of Arts and Sciences wants to communicate directly and clearly to students, staff, and faculty that we are committed to the safety, rights, and well-being of all members of our community.
In addition, we would like to encourage students, faculty, and staff to learn about and take advantage of the relevant resources available at UNF. A partial list of such resources includes: