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About the Department of Diversity Initiatives 

The Department of Diversity Initiatives (DDI) comprises units that promote diversity and inclusion at the University of North Florida. DDI includes the Women's Center, the Intercultural Center for Peace, the Interfaith Center, the Student Alliance for Inclusion and Diversity, and the Victim Advocacy Program. 

Mission Statement

DDI cultivates a welcoming and supportive environment that empowers students to be their authentic selves, embrace their intersectional identities and expand their cultural horizons. Through cultural and gender enriching programs and services, DDI serves as a resource for students to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.


 Soaring Above Differences, Embracing Diversity  


We envision an engaged student body that champions gender equity, promotes racial justice and engenders respect for all.

Value Statements

 The Department of Diversity Initiatives intentionally fosters a climate that reflects:


 Respect  - Treating everyone with dignity, decency and deference

 Diversity  - Honoring the uniqueness of individual identities           

 Inclusion - Cultivating a welcoming and supportive environment 

 Empowerment - Helping others discover their strength and confidence to affect change 

 Advocacy - Representing the voice of the voiceless

 CommUnity - Establishing a sense of belonging for ALL

The Lounge/Lounge 2.0

DDI houses two areas for students to come hang out, do homework, socialize, or even take a nap: The Lounge and The Lounge 2.0!


The Lounge is located in Building 2, Suite 2100. It houses hundreds of books on gender issues and feminist theory, which students can check out similar to the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. 


We also have a second lounge, called The Lounge 2.0! Located just downstairs from The Lounge in Suite 1400, The Lounge 2.0 also features a small library of interfaith resources that students may also check out, as well as a Reflection Room for prayer, meditation, or thoughtful reflection available to students of all faiths or non-faiths. 


Students are welcome to come to either Lounge during our normal hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 .a.m. to 5 p.m. for The Lounge, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for The Lounge 2.0. Coffee and hot water for tea are offered every morning during fall and spring semesters.