Approved August 31, 2016
The Commission on Diversity and Inclusion advises the University of North Florida’s President on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion.
The Commission will proactively engage the UNF community to embrace and accept diversity and inclusion as an institutional core value. The Commission will cultivate a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that values and respects the human differences, dignity and well-being of every community member.
CODI desires to:
The Chair or Co-Chair(s) of the CODI shall be appointed by the university President. The Commission may submit a list of names to the President for consideration.
The Chair(s) of the CODI shall preside over and chair the meetings of the Commission. The Chair(s) of the CODI shall appoint any ad-hoc committees necessary for the functioning of the Commission. The Chair(s) are voting members.
This is a commission created by the President of the University of North Florida, with authority, responsibility and accountability to the President. The President or his designee appoints new members to the Commission. The membership of the CODI shall be comprised of students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members that reflect the diversity within the university community.
All members should be passionate, engaged and willing to advance the work of the Commission.
Steering committee members shall be students, faculty, staff and administrators who will serve staggered two-year terms that can be renewed at the discretion of the President or designee. Term limits are two, two-year terms. Exceptions to two-year terms are in the cases when a new member is completing the unexpired term of another member. Vacancies that are filled with one or more of the remaining term(s) shall be counted as full-term for purposes of eligibility. Students will serve annual terms. All steering committee members are Presidential appointees and, as such, need no approval from the CODI members for membership. All terms of membership shall be from July 1 to June 30. Steering committee members are voting members, if and when a vote is necessary. Most business will be handled by consensus.
The steering committee membership of the CODI may include any of the 23 individuals listed below.
The Chair or Co-Chair(s) of the CODI (1 or 2)**
One representative from each college, as appointed by the dean of that college (6)
One representative from the Faculty Association
One representative from the Office of the President
One representative from the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs**
One representative from the Division of Student and International Affairs**
One representative from the Division of Administration and Finance
One representative from the Division of Development and Alumni Affairs
One representative from United Faculty of Florida
One representative from the A&P Association, appointed by the A&P Association president
One representative from the USPS Association, appointed by the USPS Association president
One representative from the Graduate Student Organization, appointed by the GSO president
One representative from the Student Government Association, appointed by the SGA president**
One representative from the Student Alliance for Inclusion and Diversity (SAID), a program area in the Department of Diversity Initiatives
One representative from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity**
Two representatives from the Jacksonville community, appointed by the university President
** Designates required membership
Any Commission member may resign from the Commission at any time by giving written notice to the Chair(s) of the CODI. Resignation shall take effect upon receipt of letter by the Chair(s) of the CODI. Acceptance of resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.0;
When a Commission member’s resignation has been accepted by the Chair(s) of the CODI, a replacement for said Commission member may be requested by the CODI administrator.
Any Commission member may be removed from the Commission for nonfeasance, malfeasance or misfeasance; for conduct detrimental to the interests of the Commission; or for refusal to render reasonable assistance in carrying out the mission, goals and work of the Commission. Removal may be initiated by any voting member but must have final approval by the Chair(s).
Commission steering committee members have a duty to their constituent group(s) to attend meetings of the CODI, and its subcommittees of which they are members. After TWO successive absences by a Commission steering committee member, the Chair(s) of the CODI shall remind the Commission member of the Commissioner’s obligation to attend and participate in meetings. If the Commission member’s absences continue, the Chair(s) shall ask the Commission member to reconsider their appointment and may ask for his or her resignation.
A record of attendance shall be maintained in the minutes of all the CODI and subcommittee meetings. Commission members unable to meet the established attendance policies found in these bylaws will be requested, in writing, by the Chair(s) to resign so that the work of the Commission may advance based upon “value-added attendance” and performance.